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Travel Guide

Travel Guide
Consult our travel guide containing all the information you need to prepare your trip to the Algerian Sahara.

FORMS AND PROCEDURES

-What documents are required to travel to Algeria?

You will need your passport, visa, and family booklet if you are traveling with your minor children.
Traveling with children? French minors are subject to the same obligations as adults.


Passport

The passport is the document you will need to travel to Algeria. Passports must be in perfect condition (no stains, staples, paper clips, tears, or blank pages).
There are several scenarios when planning your trip:
You have a European passport. You will need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Also, find out about stamps or visas that may hinder your entry into the country.

For Algerian dual nationals, you can enter Algeria with your Algerian passport. You will need a valid identity document from your country of residence for your return (identity card, residence card or passport).

Minors must have an individual passport.
For minors traveling without one of their parents or legal guardians, it is recommended to fill out an authorization for leaving the country, which is available on the public service website (www.service-public.fr).


Visa

The application must be made at the consulate to which you are geographically dependent. Here is the list of consulates with departments throughout the French territory: www.amb-algerie.fr/reseau-consulaire/

Foreign tourists wishing to visit southern Algeria can obtain a regularisation visa on arrival, without having to apply for an ordinary visa. The regularisation visa is issued by the tourist agency, which collects the traveller’s details.

Processing time: around fifteen days

Tourist visa fee: €110

Required documents (French nationals only):

  • Visa application form (in duplicate).
  • Passport
  • 2 identity photos
  • 2 recent identity photos of minor children appearing on the applicant’s passport if they are also traveling
  • A valid travel insurance certificate for the entire period of travel (repatriation, hospitalization and medical expenses), to be requested from your insurance company or bank
  • A certificate of accommodation from our agency, which we will provide in due time
  • Proof of income: payslip, work certificate or job center certificate or income support certificate (RSA), Kbis
  • Proof of address

The list of required documents should be checked when contacting the relevant consulate.
For other nationalities, it is imperative to contact the Algerian consulate to which you are dependent.
The applicant must be present in person at the consulate during the application and visa collection.
Rest assured, our team will assist you in obtaining your visa.
The most important thing is to go to the consulate in advance.

 

-How to get to Djanet?

Since December 17, 2022, Air Algérie has offered direct flights from Paris to Djanet. However, if you do not wish to travel to Paris or if the flight is full, you can transit through Algiers. To get to Djanet, Air Algérie offers several flights throughout the week from Algiers, usually in the late evening. Our team will be there to welcome you.

 

-Is it dangerous to travel to Algeria

For many years, Algeria was not considered a tourist destination due to its history and geopolitics. Today, the government is investing in this area and this destination attracts many tourists in search of adventure.
Many European countries have lifted all their security restrictions. In addition, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has relaxed its recommendations. The region of Djanet, a major gateway to southern Algeria, is no longer in the red zone.

HEALTH AND HYGIENE

-What are the mandatory / recommended vaccines for a trip to Algeria? 

No vaccine is mandatory to travel to Algeria, but some are strongly recommended: universal vaccines (DTCP), hepatitis A and B, typhoid.

 

-Medical certificate

We do not require a medical certificate to participate in this program, but we recommend that you have a check-up with your doctor and inform them of your travel plans. Some chronic diseases (asthma, respiratory diseases, epilepsy, heart diseases, etc.) may sometimes be a contraindication for trekking. For your safety, you must inform us if you are undergoing a specific treatment. Some disorders or conditions do not necessarily prevent trekking, but our guide must be informed to take the necessary measures to ensure your safety.

 

-What are the essentials in the first-aid kit?

We recommend that you prepare a first-aid kit with the help of your doctor or pharmacist. This will allow you to provide basic first-aid before seeking medical attention. 

We recommend that you include:

  • single-use disinfectant, sterile compresses and bandages, adhesive tape
  • pain reliever and anti-inflammatory
  • anti-diarrhea medication
  • antihistamine
  • eye drops and saline solution
  • sunscreen and lip balm SPF 50
  • insect repellent
  • water purification tablets
  • basic medical equipment: scissors, tweezers
  • your personal medication and ongoing treatment (medication or contraception, remember to keep your prescriptions)
  • digestive comfort: acid reflux, slow digestion, bloating, and constipation
  • broad-spectrum antibiotics

 

-How to prepare your body before a trek?

Trekking requires good physical condition without any significant health problems. To fully enjoy your trip, the best preparation is walking. Don’t forget to maintain your fitness by walking regularly, an average of 10km per week is enough. During the trek, hydrate yourself sufficiently to avoid joint pain. Stretch after the
effort to prevent muscle soreness

 

-Should I choose between glasses or contact lenses?

When traveling, glasses can become uncomfortable if they are not properly fitted. Make sure to bring a frame that fits properly on your nose and ears. Wearing contact lenses has advantages: better vision and no risk of scratches or cracks. However, they require hygiene precautions such as handling with clean hands
in a dust-free environment, preferably under your tent or in the car. A pocket mirror is strongly recommended for handling.

 

-How do I use the toilet while trekking?

You will need to adapt to the environmental conditions, such as in the desert. Don’t worry, lunch breaks and campsites are always located in places where everyone can find privacy. For the respect of nature, keep your personal waste and dispose of them at the end of the day in the designated trash bin.

 

-How do I wash while trekking?

Water for a quick wash is available every day, about 1L. Just ask your guide for it. A shower cabin and a solar-powered shower with sufficient water are available halfway through the trek. Wipes are necessary to refresh yourself. Choose biodegradable or eco-friendly wipes and dispose of them in your personal trash.
Hand sanitizer is an effective hygiene accessory to wash your hands.

CURRENCY

-What is the currency and exchange rate? 

The Algerian Dinar is the official currency. On-site in Djanet, you will hardly need money (except for tips and souvenirs when visiting the market). Official exchange rate (November 2022): 1 EUR = 142 DZD.

 

-Where can I get dinars?

You can exchange currencies upon your arrival at the Algiers airport at exchange offices or Algerian banks. You can also exchange at your bank in France. EURO is accepted, but you will receive the change in local currency.

 

-What is the amount of foreign currency a traveler can carry? 

For travelers entering Algeria, there is no limit on importation. However, for amounts exceeding 1,000€, a customs declaration is mandatory.

For travelers departing from Algeria, no declaration is required up to 1,000€ for nationals and 5,000€ for foreigners. The traveler can carry up to 7,500€ provided he presents a bank statement.

Declaration forms are available at customs offices. The traveler can also make an electronic declaration on the official website of the General Directorate of Customs (https://www.douane.gov.dz/).

 

CLIMATE

-What is the climate in Djanet?

The oasis is located in the southeast of Algeria at an altitude of 1,035 meters. The climate of Djanet is subtropical desert with mild winters (but cold at night) and hot, dry, and sunny summers. From October to February, the days are pleasant, and the nights are cold. With climate change, the period of sandstorms is unpredictable. Historically, March is the windiest month in the region.

Throughout the year, the temperature generally varies from 4°C to 38°C. It is rarely below 0°C or above 40°C.

 

-Weather report in real-time

To obtain all the information about the climate and precise weather in Djanet, click on the link: https://www.tameteo.com/meteo_Djanet-Afrique-Algerie-Provincia+de+Illizi-DAAJ-1-8843.html

 

-What is the time zone? 

Djanet is located in the UTC/GMT+1 time zone all year round.

EQUIPMENT

-What are the essential and optional equipment? 

When embarking on a desert trek, it is essential to be equipped to face all the changing weather and environmental conditions. Proper equipment is a guarantee of safety and represents an essential part of the su
ccess and comfort of your trip.
To help you meet this challenge, we offer you our list of essential and optional equipment for your trip.

Essentials

  • One carry-on bag
  • A small backpack for the day
  • One checked-in bag
  • Appropriate clothing and accessories (see the “Textile Equipment” section)
  • One or two pairs of sunglasses
  • Insulated bottle minimum 750 ml
  • A headlamp with batteries
  • Wet wipes for hygiene
  • Disposable tissues
  • Toilet paper, hygiene protection
  • A toiletry bag and a microfiber bath towel
  • A first-aid kit (see the “Health and Hygiene” section)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • A pocket mirror
  • An external battery to charge your phone and other devices
  • Small trash bags for waste (preferably paper bags)
  • A sleeping bag liner and a pillow
  • Earplugs and an eye mask

 

Optionals

  • A sleeping bag
  • A sewing kit
  • A walking stick
  • A Camelbak hydration pack
  • A lighter for smokers
  • Dental floss
  • Travel-sized dry shampoo

 

-How to dress for a desert circuit?

Here is a list that can help you pack, note that this list is provided as an indication:

  • One t-shirt per day
  • One long-sleeved trekking shirt (optional)
  • One warm fleece for cold nights
  • One down jacket
  • Two trekking pants or leggings for women
  • One comfortable outfit for the evening
  • One pajama
  • Underwear for the duration of the trek
  • One hat, cap or cheche
  • One beanie for cold nights
  • One swimsuit
  • One pair of socks per day
  • Two pairs of warm socks for the night
  • One pair of breathable sneakers with hard soles
  • One pair of sandals for walking on sand
  • One pair of flip-flops/Crocs

 

-What luggage to bring? 

For maximum comfort, you can bring:

  • One small backpack (personal documents). It will also be useful during the day.
  • One soft cabin bag type backpack (hygiene wipes, medication, fleece, down jacket, comfortable outfit for the evening, underwear, socks, spare t-shirt, swimsuit, cap, water bottle). This backpack will be very useful
    in case of baggage transfer problems.
  • One soft checked-in bag type backpack or tote bag (the rest of your equipment, textile, snacks)

During your flight, plan to travel in sneakers.

 

 

-Is a travel adapter necessary?

In Algeria, the voltage is 230V and the voltage frequency is 50Hz. If the voltage in your country is between 220V – 250V (Europe, Australia, and most Asian countries), you can use your device. If your devices are between 100V – 127V (USA, Canada, and most South American countries), you cannot use them. You will need a voltage converter and a type C or F adapter. Your devices can also be charged in the car during the trip via your USB cables.

 

-Few Tips for Photographing in the Desert 

The desert is a playground for photography enthusiasts. The landscapes are rich and varied.
First of all, before leaving, charge your camera batteries to 100%. Check your equipment so as not to forget anything (lenses, camera body, memory card, film, cables…).
It is recommended to use a plastic bag to protect the devices from sand.

In Algeria, all sophisticated cameras, drones, binoculars, and telescopes are prohibited.

Rock paintings should be photographed without a flash.

 

MEALS

-What to Eat During Sahara Treks?

During your stay, a cook accompanies you and takes care of all meals (breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and tea ritual).
Meals are balanced and hearty, mainly composed of salads for lunch and hot traditional dishes for dinner.

Remember to bring snacks for small cravings during trips.Depending on your habits (cookies, cereal bars, protein bars, crackers, rice cakes, seeds, dried fruits…)

Foods containing chocolate should be avoided due to heat.

In case of intolerance or specific diets, please let us know urgently.

 

-Water Management

Water is available in sufficient quantity. However, it is very precious in the desert. It is
therefore necessary to use it sparingly for your personal hygiene and dental care.