An International driving permit is required from foreign visitors as well as their original driver license for driving in Algeria. Foreign registered vehicles are allowed entry for three months without duty.

The main Algerian road traffic rules:

  • Traffic moves on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 17 years.
  • It is not permitted to use mobile phones while driving even with hands-free device.
  • It is not permitted to transport children under 10 years in the front seat.
  • The speed limit for drivers who don’t have an experience (who have new driver licenses) is 80 km/h.
  • The stopping or parking not justified on hard shoulders of the motorway is illegal.
  • Pedestrians always have right of way on any part of the road.
  • The black-out windows are illegal.
  • It is not permitted to cross a continuous line.
  • The dangerous change of direction without usage of an indicator is illegal.
  • It is required to use of correspondent tyres.
  • U-turn and reverse are not permitted on the motorways.
  • It is not permitted to stop and park at pedestrian crossing.
  • Official processions and military convoys, including ambulances, fire, and funeral cars always have priority.
  • Vehicles which are already at roundabout have priority over traffic that is going to enter.
  • the permitted blood-alcohol level is 0.01%.
  • Seat belts are compolsory for a driver and all car occupants.

Additional information:

  • In Algeria, there are many military checkpoints on major roads within the major cities.
  • It is recommended to have a first-aid kit, reflective waistcoat, and warning triangle in the car.
  • In Algeria, there are many desert roads so well-maintained 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving.
  • It is not permitted to drive alone in the desert and required people travel with groups.
  • When driving in desert, drivers should carry full supplies of water and petrol.
  • Travel overland, particularly in the southern regions, may require a permit issued by the Algerian government.
  • Fully comprehensive insurance is recommended for driving in Algeria as road accidents are common there.
  • The Green Card insurance is not valid in Algeria.
  • The third party insurance can be bought at the border.
  • To rent a car, drivers must be at least 24 years of age and have to have driver licenses for two or more years.
  • The police phone number is 17.

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