Moving to Algeria

Country Guide: Algeria

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Change of Residence Certificate issued in the origin country, stamped by the Algerian Consulate (3 copies)
  • Detailed inventory issued in the origin country, signed, valued and stamped by the Algerian Consulate (3 copies)
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Letter of Employment
  • Copy of Resident Permit / Receipt of Application for Resident Permit
  • Packing list
  • Diplomatic Franchise (Diplomats)
  • Radiation Certificate

Specific Information

  • A Radiation Certificate from the consular services abroad must also be provided.
  • Duty and tax exemption are only granted if valued inventory is less than 20,000 Euro.
  • One shipment only is authorized duty free (1 by sea and 1 by air, maximum).
  • All documents must be in French.
  • Customer must be present for Customs purposes.
  • Duty-free importation is only granted for a certain period; an extension must be applied to avoid penalties.
  • Imported household goods must be re-exported when leaving the country (non-Algerians).
  • Change of Residence Certificate must prove time abroad of at least 3 years and must be stamped by the Algerian Consulate at origin (returning citizens).
  • A Diplomatic Franchise can be obtained by the Diplomatic Mission in Algiers (Diplomats).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Change of Residence Certificate, stamped by Customs
  • Original Registration Card and Non-sale Certificate (3 copies)
  • OBL

Specific Information

  • The maximum allowable engine power is 10 HP.
  • Restrictions apply regarding importation of vehicles (age, power, etc.); contact agent for details.


Documents Required

  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Vaccination Record

Specific Information

  • All cats and dogs imported into Algeria require a Veterinary Health Certificate and proof that the animal is vaccinated against rabies.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Appliances and electronics (one item each permitted duty free); invoices and receipts stating make, model and serial numbers are required on the Detailed Inventory.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms, explosives and ammunitions
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Illegal drugs
  • Precious metals
  • Plant and plant products
  • Pets and animals (authorization prior to import is required)
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Pornographic material
  • Gold and jewelry

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

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