Algiers - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the typical dress code at work and in public places? Is formal dress ever required?

Conservative for women. - Dec 2021

Conservative for women. - Oct 2021

For guys it's really whatever you want to wear. Sometimes they won't let you into fancy restaurants with shorts. - Aug 2021

Embassy work attire is usually business but with COVID it has devolved into a minuscule step whatever the heck you were wearing in front of your computer at home. Baseball caps, jeans. Anything goes right now. I'm sure that will change. Out and about: as a woman, I usually don't wear anything out and about that is shoulder-baring or form fitting in the butt. Skirts are fine, but nothing short. I've never seen a woman wearing shorts here, and actually it's not very common to see men in shorts either. - Apr 2021

Algeria is a bit conservative, would recommend knees and shoulders covered for women. - Oct 2020

Business casual when in the office. - Oct 2020

Business dress at work. Public places... nothing fancy needed but dress respectfully. - Sep 2019

Business for work and what I would call conservative casual for public. Some Algerian women cover but not all. - Mar 2019

Most Algerians hover somewhere around business casual most of the time in business settings. Women should usually cover to the elbow and knee but can get away with less if otherwise dressed nicely/not immodestly. - Sep 2016

Professional dress is required at the embassy. Some people wear jeans. In public shorts aren't really worn but do it anyway. Women don't have to cover in public but to avoid harassment should wear things that cover arms and legs. Invest in some light thin material dark colored jackets or sweaters. - Jun 2016

Business to business casual. In public most everyone wears jeans. - Mar 2014

Business to casual depending on section. - Oct 2013

Algerians are very formal. Men should expect to wear suits and ties to work every day. - Dec 2011

Smart casual. Women should have their arms covered and legs too really. Having said that the local girls would wear a sarong down the street, but I think we lived in an area where this was tolerated more that in other parts of Algiers. - Sep 2008

Business. Not too uncovered. - May 2008

Conservative, but Modern/European. - Mar 2008

In public, it's best to dress conservatively. - Mar 2008

Conservative but not as formal as back in the States. - Feb 2008

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