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Old May 16, 18, 6:58 am
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Mini Trip Report - ALG to SFO via LON & JFK :)

I'm looking forward to my trip starting next week...
  • positioning flight LGW-BCN
  • overnight at BCN
  • redeye VY BCN-ALG
  • 4 nights in Constantine
  • ALG-LGW LHR-JFK-SFO and back*
Will share a few experiences and observations as I go...




*well, almost See post #2 below...

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Old May 16, 18, 6:59 am
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So, I am shortly off to Algeria for a few days before starting an ALG-LGW||LHR-JFK-SFO itinerary in J/F/J (GUF1 applied).

Getting a tourist visa for Algeria was reasonably straightforward, if rather document-heavy.
  • I filled in their online form, then printed and signed it.
  • I got our HR department to write me a short letter confirming my employment and the dates I am granted leave (in particular the date I am returning to work).
  • Finally, I took 2 copies of my passport (all pages) and a print of my hotel reservation at the Constantine Marriott.
  • Headed over to the Consulate near North Action Tube (postal application also allowed), paid my 85 fee and was told to come back the following week to collect.
  • Turned up as advised, waited 5 mins, and got my passport back with a shiny (literally) tourist visa.
As a data point, I had asked on the form for a 90 day multiple entry tourist visa but the rather dour guy on the desk said that they never grant these to first time visitors. So for the first time in my life I will be forced to drop the final sector and lose the 80TPs

All in all, not a terrible experience and if I love Algeria (as I expect to), I would be quite prepared to do it again for another visit

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Enjoy Constantine. Don't go out at night, the Police get very nervous and will return you to your hotel in the back of their van.

PS And definitely don't try and take any photos of the bridge over the gorge at night, they don't like that especially if you are facing towards the, er, 'hospital'
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Originally Posted by bhbloke View Post
Enjoy Constantine. Don't go out at night, the Police get very nervous and will return you to your hotel in the back of their van.

PS And definitely don't try and take any photos of the bridge over the gorge at night, they don't like that especially if you are facing towards the, er, 'hospital'
Hope that's slightly tongue in cheek, I thought the situation was calm in Constantine at the moment and how am I going to eat during Ramadan if I'm grounded after dark ?
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I'm looking forward to following this one

Safe travels and have a great trip !

I think it should also be listed here too whilst "Live"

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Originally Posted by OverTheHorizon View Post
Hope that's slightly tongue in cheek, I thought the situation was calm in Constantine at the moment and how am I going to eat during Ramadan if I'm grounded after dark ?
It was calm when I was there a few Easters ago, however the local Police were very edgy iwhen they saw a foreigner wandering around. I had to eat in my hotel (stayed in one of the Accor ones) as it was easier and didn't necessitate a ride in the back of a Police van.
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Originally Posted by bhbloke View Post
Enjoy Constantine. Don't go out at night, the Police get very nervous and will return you to your hotel in the back of their van.

PS And definitely don't try and take any photos of the bridge over the gorge at night, they don't like that especially if you are facing towards the, er, 'hospital'
Come on be serious, it's one thing to wander alone in the middle of nowhere at night and its another thing to walk in a busy area after sundown! Enjoy Constantine, my father is born pretty close to there.
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As a regular visitor to Algeria for work (I pass through ALG at least every 3 weeks from / to LGW) I look forward to reading about your experiences in the country and hearing your views of the airport experience itself.
The new terminal is scheduled to open later this year I believe which will hopefully feature an improved lounge as the current one must surely be one of the worst in BAs network as you will no doubt find out.
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