July 28, 2021

Algeria eases return conditions in the face of diaspora anger

Algeria has slightly relaxed the conditions for entry to its soil of its nationals stranded abroad due to the Covid-19 pandemic, by reducing the costs of compulsory confinement, a statement from the council of ministers.

This decision comes as the large Algerian diaspora has been protesting for several days against the draconian conditions of return to Algeria from the 1is June.

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President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered, during the meeting of the Council of Ministers, to “Exempt students and low-income elderly people among Algerians returning home from paying accommodation costs relating to isolation”. It was also decided to “Lower accommodation costs by 20% for Algerians returning to the country”, according to the press release. These fees were set at 41,000 dinars (some 250 euros).

The government announced last week a gradual recovery, from 1is June, flights of the national company Air Algeria after a suspension of fourteen months. He then specified that the costs of containment and screening on arrival would be the responsibility of the passengers. A five-day confinement will be mandatory in one of the hotels selected by the authorities.

Four countries involved

A measure that aroused the anger of Algerians established or stranded abroad, especially in France, where hundreds of them demonstrated on Saturday in front of Algerian consulates, to denounce the conditions imposed by the government for this reopening partial borders.

Air Algérie confirmed on Saturday that it will provide six weekly flights to four countries (France, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and five routes: Paris, Marseille, Barcelona, ​​Tunis and Istanbul.

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In a statement released on Sunday, a collective of Algerians living abroad reiterated “His rejection of the opening of only five services” and asked “To be able to buy plane tickets from other foreign companies and thus ease the pressure on Air Algérie”.

Several million Algerians abroad have had to deal with the closure of borders and the suspension of commercial flights and maritime links decided on March 17, 2020.

The authorities have since organized repatriation flights for their nationals, subject to conditions, but they were suspended on 1is March due to the appearance of the English variant at the end of February in Algeria.

The World with AFP