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									                 Travel to Algeria – Advice as at 12th June 2009.

This document is an updated travel advice policy and replaces the previous Algeria
Travel Advice policy issued in September 2008 and all previous/later versions.

Employees continue to travel to Algeria and, from time to time, some staff travel for
the first time. In the light of recent concerns regarding the security situation
generally, we have taken the opportunity to again assess the formal and informal
risk reports we receive, FCO advice and revisit and revise the last travel guidance

Our risk assessment consultants raised the risk rating generally for travel to Algeria,
and for specific districts and regions, in 2007. That escalation of the threshold
reflected a general increase in incidents, notwithstanding that staff visiting had
reported mixed views of their experiences and with no significant personal incidents
being reported. Generally incidents are in the Bourmedes District, which is a large
area, and well away from the locations we operate in. Sometimes, when incidents do
occur, it is difficult to assess whether the intended target is military/police or civilians
or indeed political targets. However, since the incidents of 2007, our risk assessment
consultants have not materially increased the risk ratings. The FCO advice has been
updated in response to recent incidents but the overall level of advice has not been

That said, we take the safety and security of our employees very seriously and it is
essential that we ensure that we have arrangements in place that reflect changing

We have three members of EG (myself, John Harper and Andrew McCreath) who
have, at the moment, responsibility for deciding, on the intelligence available,
whether continued travel to Algeria is acceptable.

Taking into account the FCO web site information, our own AKE risk consultant’s
information, assessment and risk rating, views and intelligence through Univation
and intelligence from those staff and RGU contractors who have been recently (i.e. in
the last week), or are still in Algeria on RGU business, we have concluded that it
remains acceptable to continue to do business in and travel to those parts of Algeria
where we deliver our programmes and undertake other forms business
management/development. However, we continue to require 'conditions of travel' on
any assignments to and in Algeria. These are precautionary measures proportionate
to the circumstances. However, I have to stress that these are in the category of
operational policy and are therefore ".. must do's.." and it would be a potentially
very serious omission not to ensure full compliance.

Conditions of Travel

The following are “Conditions of Travel” and are to be regarded as specific health and
safety policy instructions and in the nature of an approved safe system of work,
compliance with which is mandatory. Breach of these conditions will therefore be
regarded as serious misconduct. If there is any material change to this travel advice
this will be communicated by a member of the EG to travellers prior to their
departure. It is particularly important, therefore, that ABS forms are approved and
lodged in good time so that we have a central record of who is likely to travel, and

that ABS forms are completed also for any contractors travelling on Univation

1. Where an employee is travelling to Algeria for the first time, they must be fully
   briefed by Univation.

2. The traveller is responsible for ensuring that his/her own vaccinations and yellow-
   fever certification (if appropriate) are up to date and in order for the destination

3. The traveller will already have been provided with the current Algeria In-Country
   Support Handbook by Univation, and should re-familiarise him/herself with its
   contents prior to travel. Travellers are advised to take this Handbook with them
   for reference. Where an employee is travelling to Algeria for the first time, he/she
   must be provided, by Univation, with a copy of the Handbook, so far as is
   possible, at least one week prior to travel.

4. All travellers who are UK nationals must register with the FCO prior to travel

5. All travellers by road must travel under in-vehicle escort provided by the locally
   agreed agent (which may be the client or an agent appointed by the client).

6. Travel by road at night outside major cities, i.e. during the hours of darkness, is
   not permitted.

7. The hotel residence will be that arranged or specified by RGU or our agent. No
   unauthorised change will be allowed. Accommodation on middle floors (rather
   than ground or top floors) should be requested but cannot always be guaranteed.

8. The Casbah of Algiers, Mohammedia and Bab el-Oued are absolute “no-go” areas
   under any circumstances.

9. No travel by foot beyond the security of hotel, airport or teaching environments
   will be allowed under any circumstances for business purposes, including during
   daylight hours.

10. Some employees have taken the opportunity in the past to visit popular areas of
    interest within Algiers and have felt comfortable about doing this. It is now our
    view that this is an unnecessary risk that could give rise to complications that can
    be easily avoided by now not permitting such visits, unless part of an otherwise
    approved escorted business itinerary. If this policy position is disregarded by an
    employee the visit would inter alia be unauthorised and most likely not covered
    by any insurance or emergency evacuation arrangements.

11. Univation will make contingency plans for transport in a personal or medical

12. The traveller must remain contactable by RGU at all times. A combination of
    mobile telephone provided by the RGU Agent in-country and hotel reception
    (numbers must be provided to both your line manager and to Univation – main
    contact is Warren Thomson – before departure) and your RGU e-mail account will
    be used to convey information of emerging situations about which you may
    otherwise be oblivious. You must therefore check all three daily for messages
    during your stay.

13. On return, the traveller must provide a short “personal experience
    evaluation” report reflecting on his/her own personal experience. This should
   be e-mailed, preferably in succinct bullet-point format. The report should cover
   personal sense of security/insecurity; any environmental tensions felt or
   observed; and a commentary on the security arrangements. The report should be
   submitted to the traveller’s Head of School or Department and copied to Andrew
   McCreath, David Briggs, John Harper and Ian Campbell within 5 working days of
   return to the University.

14. A copy of this policy instruction must be given, by the School/Department
    manager signing the ABS form, to the employee travelling at the time that the
    ABS is approved.

David P Briggs
Executive Director – Human Resources

Andrew McCreath
Executive Director – IT & Communication (Chair, Univation Ltd.)

Professor John Harper
Snr Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor

12th June 2009


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