Severity: Warning Alert

Health: All flights between Algeria and Morocco suspended March 12; flights to Rome, Italy halted from March 15 to stem the spread of COVID-19.

This alert affects Algeria

This alert began 12 Mar 2020 22:14 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: March 15-April 15
  • Impact: Ban on public gatherings, possible business disruptions, travel restrictions

Summary
On March 12, officials announced that all flights between Morocco and Algeria will be suspended effective immediately and until further notice. Air Algerie (AH) previously announced March 10 that it would suspend flights to Rome, Italy, from March 15. The measures are intended to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Flights will reportedly resume on April 15; Air Algerie suspended flights to Milan, Italy, March 10.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered the shutdown of all schools and universities from March 12 to April 5. The announcement came after the country registered its first death due to COVID-19.

Algerian authorities stated March 10 that they would impose a ban on all public gatherings until at least March 31. The ban encompasses all sports, cultural, and political events. It remains to be seen how the recent ban will impact the nationwide anti-government demonstrations that began in February 2019 in response to former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to seek a fifth presidential term.

Additional restrictions and business disruptions remain possible in the coming days as new cases of COVID-19 emerge within the country. As of March 12, there are 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Advice
Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.