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.

Pets

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.

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.algeria-cgny.org

http://algiers.usembassy.gov