Algeria Import Restrictions

In order to enter Algeria, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Algeria government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Algeria, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Algeria.

Algeria Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Algerian authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bees and leeches
  • Book-trade products and items
  • Building materials
  • Cologne and Perfume
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Food
  • Fruit, grain and seeds
  • Honey
  • Instruments, measuring
  • Leather
  • Machinery
  • Meat and animal products
  • Medicines
  • Medical Samples
  • Plants and parts of plants
  • Pearls, precious stones and metals
  • Radio equipment
  • Saccharine
  • Stationery
  • Tapes: Video cassettes
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco products
  • Transferable securities and instruments of payment
  • Travel items
  • Vinegar
  • Wood and wood derivatives.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Clocks and watches

Insurance is necessary for all articles containing clocks, including alarm clocks, travelling clocks and watches. Insurance is not necessary for separate parts of clocks and watches.

Import permits

Algeria requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. An import permit is not necessary for items that are:

  • non-commercial (excluding used clothing) sent from a private person to a private person
  • of less than 60 Algerian dinars, and no more than 240 dinars in 12-months to the same person.

Special documentation

Commercial goods must include an invoice.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI Parcels Regulations, Algeria prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Antiques
  • Airline tickets, blank stock
  • Abestos
  • Baby feeders and comforters not made of pure rubber
  • Carpets
  • Chain letters
  • Clothing, used
  • Cocoa
  • Contraceptives
  • Cosmetics
  • Credit Cards, blank
  • Currency and Bullion
  • Dangerous goods, haz or comb materials
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Passports
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Salt, table
  • Trademarks, false.

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