A cordon of police officers protected the Marseille agency of Air Algeria on Monday morning. Dozens of people rushed there at the opening to try to buy a plane ticket, the Algerian borders reopening on Tuesday after remaining closed for more than a year due to Covid-19. In front of the agency, dissatisfied customers were annoyed by the small number of flights and the health restrictions imposed to be able to board.
Travelers will have to perform two PCR tests, one less than 36 hours before boarding, the other five days after their arrival, but also accept to be confined on arrival on Algerian soil in a paid hotel. when purchasing tickets.
“This morning, it was madness, there are people who slept there. It’s because they can’t take it anymore. You have to put yourself in their shoes … The flights were closed for a year and a half and there is only one. That means that we could only leave in a month or a month and a half “, annoys Rachid. Standing in the queue, he sighs: “I’ve been here since 7am.”
“It is unfair”
To the wait is added the fact that the price of three rotations per week – two Paris-Algiers and one Marseille-Oran – has soared. A return flight from Paris to Algiers costs 518 euros, Air Algerie said in a statement on Monday, specifying that “the compulsory confinement costs on arrival are set at 41,000 Algerian dinars” (or 250 euros per person). “It’s unfair. Whoever has money can go, whoever doesn’t can’t. It’s easier to go to paradise than in Algeria,” another customer loses his temper. unhappy.
Calls to demonstrate next Saturday in front of Algerian diplomatic representations are already circulating on social networks. The restrictive measures have also aroused the anger of Algerians stranded abroad. In France, hundreds of them demonstrated peacefully on Saturday in front of the Algerian embassy and consulates.