Customs Information

Algeria - All


  • Passport (must show last entry stamp)
  • Original change of residence certificate issued in the origin country, stamped by the Algerian Consulate
  • Original detailed inventory issued in the origin country, signed, valued and stamped by the Algerian Consulate
  • Original certificate work delivered to the Algerian company
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Copy of resident permit / receipt of application for resident permit
  • Packing list
  • Contract work delivered by the Algerian company
  • Diplomatic franchise
  • Diplomatic card
  • Copy of the Consular card (to be certified by the Algerian Consulate at origin)
  • Consular deregistration certificate (from the Algerian Consulate at origin)
  • Original letter from the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) requesting the owner of the goods to come back to Algeria (Algerian diplomat)
  • Original exemption certificate from the Algerian MoFA (Algerian diplomat)


  • All shipments inspected
  • Household has to be completed (at least one lied and kitchenware)
  • 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).
  • 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 organization in Algiers (diplomats). 


Documents Required:

  • Original Change of Residence Certificate (stamped by Customs)
  • Copy of diplomatic card
  • Original registration card and non-sale certificate
  • Valued inventory of the vehicle
  • Original value declaration for the vehicle signed and stamped (diplomats) (on diplomatic organization letterhead)
  • Letter of employment from diplomatic organization (diplomats)
Specific Information:
  • Maximum allowable engine power is 10HP.
  • Restrictions apply regarding importation of vehicles (age, power, etc.); contact agent for details.


  • New furniture (less than six months old) and office furniture
  • Foodstuffs (in large quantities)
  • Only one of each appliance duty-free
  • Liquor
  • Appliances and electronics (one item each permitted duty free); invoices and receipts stating make, model and serial numbers are required on the detailed Inventory.


  • Live plants
  • Pornographic materials
  • Firearms, explosives and ammunitions
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Radio equipment (walkie-talkies)
  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Drugs
  • Precious Metals
  • Currency and jewelry
  • Political materials
  • Pets and animals (authorization prior to import is required)