January 13, 2023 / By Jamie du Plessis / Tourism News Africa
On Wednesday, 28 December 2022, The Algerian Ministry of the Interior, Local Communities and Urban Development, Mazen Al-Faraih, announced that foreign tourists would have the opportunity to visit Southern Algeria and obtain regularisation visas on arrival.
The Sahara Desert spans 9,200,000 square kilometres, with Algeria comprising one of the largest expanses of the desert among the various locations it encompasses. As visitor numbers have lagged behind those from neighbouring nations, the Algerian government has started to take action to promote golden travel opportunities to foreign tourists in the Sahara and boost tourism in the country.
The announcement made in the statement asserted, “in continuation of the series of measures taken by the public authorities with the aim of promoting desert tourism in our country, the Ministry of the Interior, Local Communities and Urban Planning announces the approval of new arrangements for granting tourist visas to foreign tourists wishing to visit the south of our country, in close coordination with the various ministerial sectors and relevant bodies.”
Algeria is home to many tourist attractions, including 1200 kilometres of the Mediterranean coastline, ancient cities, conservation areas, and much more. In the issued statement, it was announced that foreign visitors would not need to make arrangements for ordinary visas by following the appropriate conditions. Suppose foreign tourists have booked through approved local tourism and travel agencies. In that case, they will be able to obtain the visas on arrival, especially in the southern province.
The statement included, “the accredited tourism agencies include all data related to the tourist visit program and the foreign tourists participating in it through a digital platform that is accessed by the tourism and handicraft directorates of the concerned provinces.”