International Driving Permits (IDPs), regulated by the United Nations, prove that you hold a valid driving license in your country of origin.
Your IDP is a valid form of identification in over 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in 12 of the world’s most widely spoken languages.
Are local driving licenses valid in Algeria?
When driving here, your local driver’s license can only be valid if you hold it together with an IDP. Driving without a driver’s license can get you into trouble when caught by the country’s traffic authorities. Upon arrival in the country, you will be given three months to use your country’s and IDP’s driver’s license when driving around the country. If you decide to stay longer than three months, you must obtain an Algerian driving license.
Which countries recognize international driver’s licenses?
The International Driving Permits, known as International Driving Permits, that we issue are valid for more than 150 countries. Also, if your international driver’s license is issued by us, you can still use it in other foreign countries. You just need to make sure that its validity period has not yet expired. When it has already expired, you need to secure another one because it can no longer be used.
Your international driver’s license will be your key to driving legally here. But it does not replace your local driver’s license. Its purpose is to support or supplement your local driving licence, not to replace it. This is a legal document that contains a translation of your local driver’s license into 12 languages recognized by the United Nations.
Below are just some of the countries that recognize the use of IDPs:
- Sri Lanka
- Saudi Arabia
- Cote d’Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire)
- And more!
Who can apply for an international driver’s license?
Men and women who want to drive in the country can apply for an IDP, provided you already have a local driver’s license and are over 18 years old. You can get yours by going to our website home page. Don’t forget to prepare your local driver’s license and a passport-sized photograph when you are going to apply for an IDP. Since it can be done online, applying for an IDP is very easy.
Do you need an IDP to drive in Algeria?
You need an international driver’s license to drive in the country. Algerian authorities require every tourist to obtain a VPO while driving. Driving without it can lead to problems at checkpoints. As such, you should always carry an International Driving Permit for the country as this is one of the requirements you must have when you drive there.
Can I use my digital copy if I lost the physical copy of my IDP?
You cannot use a digital copy of your IDP as only a limited number of countries recognize this. That’s why if you lose your physical copy, request a replacement right away. We at the International Drivers Association offer a free replacement of a lost driving license issued by us. Our team processes replacement requests within 24 hours of the request. Therefore, a physical copy will be sent to you immediately.
The most important driving rules in Algeria
If you decide to travel and explore this wonderful country, it is better to drive your own car. If you don’t have a car, there are car rental companies that you can rent from. But before that, you should know and familiarize yourself with important driving rules. This is to ensure that you have a hassle-free trip out of town.
Basic traffic rules
If you come from a country that drives on the left side of the road, always remember that on Algerian roads you have to drive on the right and overtake on the left. If not, then you will have no problem with this question.
Always carry an international driver’s license with you
Algerian traffic police officers require every tourist or foreign driver to have an international driver’s license along with a local driver’s license when diving in the country. Since checkpoints on the roads can occur at any time, it is better to always have it with you.
Do not forget to take the necessary documents with you
In addition to your international driver’s license, you must also carry your local driver’s license, which shows your home address, passport and car-related documents. The Algerian road authorities will require you to show them the mentioned documents during the military roadblocks, so you better make sure you have the documents with you.
Driving while intoxicated and using illegal drugs is prohibited
Driving a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. Algerian authorities have zero tolerance for alcohol and if you are ever caught, especially at military checkpoints, you can be fined or even jailed. The worst impact of drunk driving is traffic accidents.
Follow the speed limits
Always follow the posted speed limit on the road you are driving on. Speed limits are set on roads to guide drivers and prevent traffic accidents.
Do not exceed the speed! Even if you are in a hurry, just don’t do it. If you are caught speeding, you will likely be fined and your driver’s license may be suspended.
Always fasten your seat belt
All passengers must wear seat belts. Seat belts are very important if you are involved in an accident. This can reduce impact and injury to the passenger’s body during a collision with other cars on the road. If traffic police officers find that you are not wearing a seat belt in the front seat at military checkpoints, you will be punished.
Follow the road signs
In order not to get lost or even to run into violations while driving, always follow the road signs. Road signs are meant to guide you on your journey and help ensure your safety, so don’t ignore them.
Using mobile phones while driving is prohibited
Never use cell phones whenever you are driving. Your attention should be focused solely on the road ahead. Cell phones can be distracting if you use them while driving, which can lead to traffic accidents. Before using the phone, it is best to pull over.
Do not drive with an expired license
Driving with an expired license is illegal. The same applies to driving with an expired international driver’s license. Your local driver’s license and international driver’s license do not have to expire in order for you to continue to use these documents.
The most popular destinations
With 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this is a country with a lot to explore. From touring the country’s Roman ruins to relaxing on its white sandy beaches, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Every tourist destination in the country will offer you a bright and refreshing atmosphere.
Also known as the Martyr’s Monument, the Maqam Etchahid Monument is an iconic monument of the country. It was inaugurated in 1982 along with the 20th anniversary of independence. It is a 92-meter-high monument with three palm leaves, similar to turrets, connected together. The three towers symbolize the country’s culture, agriculture and industry. Under the connected towers is a flame called the Eternal Flame.
The monument is open for visits all year round, admission is free. You can enjoy viewing its stunning structure all day and night as it is also open 24/7. It is best to visit the monument on weekdays as people mostly visit the monument in the afternoon on Fridays and Saturdays, due to which the place becomes crowded.
- To reach Maqam Echahid from Houari Boumediene Airport, the country’s international airport, you will need approximately 21 minutes’ drive via the Rocade Nord d’Alger/N11 route.
- Take Pénétrante de l’aéroport Houari Boumedien and Rocade Nord d’Alger/N11 to Boulevard Khelifa Oulmane in Algiers. Exit Pénétrante des Annassers/N5D.
- Connect to Helifa Ulmaneh Boulevard.
- Continue to stop straight on Helifa Ulmaneh Boulevard.
- Turn right onto Chemin Omar Kechkar.
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and get off at Chemin Omar Kechkar.
- Your destination will be on the right.
Notre Dame d’Africa
Notre-Dame d’Africa, also known as the Basilica of Notre-Dame d’Africa, is a Catholic church in Algeria. It is located on a cliff overlooking the city. The church is known for its architectural structure, as it is a combination of Roman and Byzantine architecture. Outside and inside the church is decorated with mosaics and religious works.
Notre-Dame d’Africa is open daily, year-round, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that you must dress appropriately before entering the church as they have a dress code for people entering the church. Apart from the stunning church itself, if you want to capture the beauty of the city of Algiers, we advise you to go in the afternoon.
- From Makam Ejahid, it will take you approximately 24 minutes to drive along the N11 to the Basilica of Notre Dame d’Africa.
- Along Boulevard Khelifa Ulmane and Rue Mohamed Belkasemi to Boulevard de l’ALN/N11 in Belouizdad.
- Continue on the N11. Take Angkor Street and Colonel Abderrahman Mir Boulevard to Ziar Abdelkader Avenue.
- Take Lunas Omar Boulevard and Shemin Al Mahdi Ibn Tumer to Ziggara Street in Bologhin.
Also known as the Great Mosque of Algiers, Jama’a el Jazair. It is also the third largest in the world. The mosque was opened to the public in 2019 after seven years of construction that began in 2012. In addition, you can also see the tallest minarets in the world in the mosque.
The mosque is open 24 hours a year. But please note that opening hours may change on Yennayer (the Berber word for January). Apart from this, you should also dress properly when you are going to visit the mosque.
- From Notre-Dame d’Afrique, it will take you approximately 23 minutes to drive via the N11 to reach Jamaa el Jazair.
- Take Chemin Al Mahdi Ibn Tumer and Lunas Omar Boulevard to I’Emir Khaled Boulevard.
- Drive from Rue d’Angkor/N11 to Mohammadiya. Exit from Rocade Nord d’Alger/N11
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and get off at Chemin Omar Kechkar.
- Finally, at the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit.
The ruins, which are a mixture of Phoenician, Roman, Paleo-Christian and Byzantine architecture, can be found in a small town in the coastal center of Algeria. Tipaza is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its Roman ruins are one of the most visited places in the country. Similar to the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania can be found in the city, showcasing Tipasa’s ancient Roman past and the original resting place of Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s only daughter.
If you want to enjoy the beach, you can also visit Chenua Beach in Tipaz. The best time to visit Tipaza is from April to October, when the temperature is pleasantly accompanied by light rainfall. Don’t miss driving and photographing the historic ruins of Tipaza.
- It takes 1 hour and 3 minutes to reach Tipaza from Jama’a El Jazair via the Rocade Tipaza route.
- Take the N5 at Delhi Ibrahim from Route du Frais Vallon and Route de 5 Juillet.
- Continue on the N5. Use Rocade Tipaza to N11 in Tipaza. Exit from Rocade Tipaza.
- Continue on the N11. A trip to Rue de la Garde.
- At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the N11.
- Turn right towards Rue de la Gare.
- Continue along Rue de la Gare.
Another UNESCO world heritage site in the country is the village of Jemila. It is famous for its well-preserved Roman ruins throughout North Africa. It was once a Roman military station and was known as Cuicule. In the village you can find the ruins of the Roman architecture of the temple of Gens Septimius, the Arch of Caracalla, the Roman theater and the road of Cardo Maximus.
The entrance fee to the ruins of Djemila village is less than 162 Algerian dinars (just over $1), and this already includes the entrance to the museum. The best time to visit the village is from March to May when the temperature is more refreshing and calm.
- It takes a little more than 4 hours to reach the village of Djemila from Tipaz via the A1 route.
- Take the Rocade Tipaza from the N11 and head northwest on Rue de la Gare towards Rue du 1er Novembre/N11.
- Turn left onto Rue du 1er Novembre/N11.
- At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit.
- At the fork, keep left and exit onto Rocade Tipaza.
- Connect with Rocade Tipaza.
- Take the exit in the direction of 2eme Rocade d’Alger.
- Connect to A1.
- At the fork keep left to stay on the A1.
- Take the W117 to your destination in Djemila.
The last of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites of Roman ruins in the country is the city of Timgad. The city is located in the Ores Mountains and is called the “African Pompeii”. The ruins of the Roman Empire can still be seen today. It is here that you can find the Arch of Trajan, the Roman triumphal arch of the Roman Emperor Trajan.
The entrance fee to the ruins in Timgad is 200 Algerian dinars (just over $1). It is open from 9am to 6pm from April to September and from 9am to 5pm from October to March. It is highly recommended to visit from May to October to enjoy the good weather in this country.
- It will take just over 3 hours to drive from Jemila to Timgad along the W118 and N75 routes.
- Go to W117.
- A trip from Jamil Alam to Chouda.
- Continue to Guelta Zerga.
- Turn left onto the N77A.
- Continue to El Eulma.
- Then continue along the N5. Take the W118, N75, W165, W26 and N87 to Timgad.
- Finally, turn right.