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Algeria relaunches maritime passenger transport with France and Spain

Algeria will resume in the coming weeks its maritime links for passenger transport with Spain and France, interrupted since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Transport announced on Tuesday, October 12.

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The National Maritime Passenger Transport Company (ENTMV) will resume its activity “To Spain from October 21 and France from November 1”, the ministry said in a press release.

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One trip per week to France

The public company will ensure a weekly rotation to Alicante, Spain, which will be done in alternation, from the ports of Algiers and Oran (west), according to the same source.

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One trip per week is planned to France, to Marseille.

“The possible programming of additional trips to other destinations will be examined by the high authorities, depending on developments in the health situation in the country”, specified the Ministry of Transport.

Algeria closed its maritime borders on March 19, 2020, when an Algerian ferry had provided the last maritime connection between Marseille and Algiers.

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The air borders, closed since March 17 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only partially reopened on June 1 to seven countries.

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After an outbreak of coronavirus cases, Algeria, the most populous country in the Maghreb (nearly 44 million inhabitants), has recorded a decrease in the number of cases for several weeks.

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