Algeria is the largest country in Africa, situated in the north of the continent. Four fifths of the country are covered by the Sahara Desert. The country boasts beautiful beaches, mosques and Roman monuments. Algeria is still undiscovered by mass tourism – which was the main draw for me
When I started preparing for the journey, I encountered the first problem. This was, surprisingly, the language barrier. Most information was available only in French or Arabic. I had to go through a crash course in French with Google Translate, then I was able to rent a car.
So, we decided to provide as much information as possible. Here, I ran into another problem – almost no hotels can be booked online. That gave me plenty of difficulty because I had to adjust our itinerary to be suitable for presentation at the embassy. I made bookings for a few hotels and cancelled these reservations later, since we wanted to look for accommodation on the spot according to our actual situation. When I finally had all these documents together, including the fee of CZK 1800 (~USD 70), I gave it to the embassy. The lady at the counter was a little surprised that I wanted a tourist visa nearly two months before departure, because it was apparently plenty of time to process. Although my application was complete and correct, I really had to wait for a visa. During those two months, I had to press them several times over the phone, and the passport and visa finally arrived on the afternoon before our departure!