The Algerian government has decided to stop issuing passports and has decided not to renew it, despite being granted a two-year grace period to do so, the government has announced.
The move was announced after an official from the Algerian Foreign Ministry visited the country on Wednesday.
The ministry said in a statement: “The Algerian Government has decided that it is not appropriate to issue passports to Algerian nationals.”
The move follows a government announcement last month that the country would be reopening its borders, citing the worsening situation in the Algerians civil war.
It comes after the government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced that he would be stepping down.
“Algeria will continue to work with its neighbouring countries and allies to strengthen our security and ensure the stability of the region,” the foreign ministry statement read.
“We will not rest until the situation is brought under control and we have a functioning state.”
The decision has angered human rights groups, who have condemned it as a “rebellion”.
The Algerians Civil War has been raging for five years and left millions dead.
The country has a population of almost 1.5 million people, according to the UN.
The government is considering an amnesty bill for Algerians who fled the war.
Algerian officials have said the move is a response to an Algerian military coup in July 2016.
It was followed by an armed rebellion in December that saw about 1,000 people killed.
The foreign ministry also announced on Wednesday that the Alger government will begin issuing its own passports in the coming weeks.
Albanian authorities have also announced that the government will allow people to travel abroad for up to 90 days with a valid passport.
The announcement came after Algeria was granted a waiver from the Schengen Agreement, which prevents countries from restricting travel across borders.