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Ministry of the Interior: Enabling foreign tourists wishing to visit southern Algeria to obtain settlement visa instead of regular visa

The Ministry of the Interior, Local Communities and Urban Development announced today, Wednesday in a statement the decision to enable foreigners wishing to undertake tourist trips in southern Algeria through approved national tourism and travel agencies to benefit from a settlement visa instead of regular visa arrangements.

The press release stated that, “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.”

In this regard – the same source explains – “It was decided to enable foreigners wishing to undertake tourist trips in the south of the country through approved national tourism and travel agencies, to benefit from the settlement visa directly upon their arrival at the border crossings, especially in the southern province (airports and land crossings), instead of making arrangements for ordinary visa.

In this context, “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.”

In greater detail, the ministry stated that “the concerned foreign tourists benefit from a document handed over to them by their tourism agencies, allowing them to board the planes of the various airlines at the airports they come from in accordance with the applicable legislation and regulation.”

In the same context, it also confirmed that the local authorities of the concerned provinces are keen on “providing the necessary escorts for all concerned actors, in order to ensure the conduct of the programmed tours in the best conditions,” according to the statement.

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