Andorra Traveler Information - Travel Advice
Travel Advice with a Travel Advisory overview from the US State Department. Here we cover Visa, Safety & Security, local Laws and Insurance in our Andorra Traveler Information guide.
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PASSPORT VALIDITY: 6 months recommended before entry into Andorra, although only 3 months are required
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: Entry stamp available upon request
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: None required for stays less than 90 days in Spain, France, or Andorra
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY: None
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT: None
Embassies and Consulates
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23,
Telephone: +(34) 93-280-2227
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: **+(34) 91-587-2200. **Fax: +(34) 93-280-6175
For assistance in Andorra, please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, Spain. The U.S. Consulate General provides a full range of services for U.S. citizens, including, but not limited to, emergency and routine passport services, notarial services, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad. The Consulate General also assists U.S. citizens in emergencies, including deaths, arrests, and crisis situations. U.S. citizens must make an online appointment for routine consular services.
Read the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Andorra for information on U.S.-Andorran relations.
Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
Andorra is not part of the Schengen area. Andorra is landlocked, and does not have an airport; therefore, all visitors must enter via Andorra’s border with either Spain or France. Visit the Andorra Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the most current visa information.
- We recommend passports be** valid for at least six months **beyond your stay.
- You may enter Andorra through Spain or France without a visa for up to 90 days; however, visitors should follow the relevant visa regulations for France or Spain.
- Upon re-entry to the Schengen zone, your passport should have at least 90 days validity.
- If you require a Schengen visa to enter Europe, **be sure your visa entitles you to multiple entries **to safeguard against being refused re-entry to Spain or France following a stay in Andorra. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
- If you wish to stay in Andorra longer than three months, or to apply for residency, you must provide a criminal records check to Andorran authorities. This may be obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services office (CJIS), which you would then send to the Department of State to obtain the required apostille.
- You can download the FBI form for fingerprint collection (FD-258) directly from the FBI website link: https://www.fbi.gov/form-fd-258-1.pdf. With this form you can visit the main police station of Andorra: Despatx Central de Policia, Ed. Administratiu de l'Obac, Crta. de l'Obac s/n, Escaldes-Engordany, Principat d'Andorra, Tel : +376-872000, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and request that an officer takes your fingerprints. This service is available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but call ahead to confirm.
- In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments including Andorra’s have initiated additional procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate your entry/departure.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Andorra.
Safety and Security
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.
- You should avoid demonstrations, even though rare in Andorra, and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large-scale event.
- Even demonstrations meant to be peaceful can become unpredictable and turn violent.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line for police, ambulance, or fire in Andorra is 112. Typically, the 112 line has English-speaking operators.
Crime: Andorra has a low crime rate. However, since all visitors to Andorra transit through southern France or northeast Spain, it is important to be aware of the type of crime that tourists typically experience in the region. Please refer to country information sheets on Spain and France for additional information.
- Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe.
- The most common crimes encountered by foreign tourists are purse snatching and pick-pocketing, especially during the summer tourism season.
- Be aware that criminals target tourists at or near museums, monuments, beaches, outdoor cafes, restaurants and on public transportation.
- Be alert to the flat tire scam. A motorist will hail you and tell you of a flat tire that his accomplice punctured earlier. The motorist appears kind and willing to help change the tire but is only serving as a distraction while the accomplice steals your belongings from your unlocked vehicle.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 112, and contact the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona at +(34) 93-280-2227. For domestic violence or child abuse, dial 112 (English-speaking operators are available). Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes committed in their jurisdictions.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States.
- assist you with a list of non-governmental organizations and centers providing a number of programs for victims of crime in Andorra. Please see our website for more information.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the nearest U.S. Embassy, Consulate, or Consular Agency for assistance. Call the toll-free emergency number in Andorra, 181, to report domestic violence. For more information, see English language brochure under “Servei d’Atenció a les Víctimes de Violència Domèstica i Familiar (SAVVDF)” at https://www.aferssocials.ad/igualtat
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities generally are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
In many countries around the world, counterfeit and pirated goods are widely available. Transactions involving such products may be illegal under local law. In addition, bringing them back to the United States may result in forfeitures and/or fines. The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Division in the U.S. Department of Justice has more information on this serious problem.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: While you are traveling in Andorra, you are subject to its laws.
Regardless of local law, you can be prosecuted in the United States under U.S. law if you:
- Engage in sexual conduct with children or use/disseminate child pornography in a foreign country
- Buy pirated goods
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested, you should ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
- If you violate Andorra’s laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
- Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Andorra are severe. You can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
- Driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail.
- Your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
Special Circumstances: Andorra is part of the Eurozone and only euros are accepted.
- Contact the Embassy of Andorra for specific information regarding customs requirements.
- For additional information, please e-mail, or visit the United States Council for International Business for details.
**Women Travelers: **If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
**LGBTI Rights: **The LGBTI community in Andorra is not as visible or as politically organized as in neighboring countries. Andorran law prohibits discrimination against LGBTI persons.
- Since 2014, Andorra allows for civil unions for same-sex couples. According to Andorran law 34/2014, the same-sex “civil union” is accorded all of the same benefits as a “marriage” and differs in name only.
- Andorra recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other countries where it is legal as long as neither spouse is an Andorran citizen. If one or both spouses are Andorran, the same-sex marriage performed elsewhere would be recorded in Andorra’s Civil Registry as a “civil union.”
**Persons With Mobility Issues: **Andorran law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, and mental disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and the provision of other state services.
- Persons with disabilities have easy access to public buildings.
- Andorra ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in March 2014, and the government continues to adapt infrastructure to the needs of disabled persons to ensure accessibility to public transportation, museums, commerce, restaurants, and other buildings throughout the country.
- Taxis that can accommodate wheelchairs are available, but must be called in advance.
- In some areas, sidewalks can be narrow and very steep. You should take this into account when planning your visit.
**We do not pay medical bills. **Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Good medical care is available in Andorra. Regulations regarding medications may vary from those in the United States, however. Andorra relies on the Spanish and French postal systems. As Spanish and French regulations do not permit the international shipment of medication, please do not ship medication from the United States to Andorra as the package will transit through Spain or France and likely be intercepted. U.S. citizens who plan a lengthy trip to Andorra should bring their own medication or obtain a prescription for that medication from a local physician.
- You can also dial the Europe-wide emergency response number 112 to reach an operator for emergency services (similar to the U.S. 911 system).
General suggestions and information:
- Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
**Medical Insurance: **Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
**Vaccinations: **Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel and Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: While in Andorra, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.
- You must carry proof of car insurance and an International Driving Permit while driving.
- Driving while intoxicated is a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties.
- **The use of front seatbelts is mandatory, **as are car seats for infants.
- **Talking on cell phones while driving is prohibited, **except when using a hands-free system.
- If your car is disabled due to an accident or mechanical issue, you will have to place two red warning triangles on the road to alert other drivers. Wear a reflective jacket while waiting for road service assistance or a fine could be imposed.
- Unlike in the United States, where drivers receive traffic tickets and then pay the court via mail or in person, Andorran police authorities may levy fines on the spot and issue a receipt for the payment.
For additional travel information
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
International Parental Child Abduction
Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Andorra. For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.”
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