AndorraOfficial Name: Principality of Andorra
Must be valid at time of entry
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Polio vaccination up to 1 year before travel is recommended. See Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements below and our Polio Fact Sheet
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23,
Telephone: +(34) 93-280-2227
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(34) 91-587-2200, Ask to speak to the duty officer if you need emergency assistance outside business hours.
Fax: +(34) 93-280-6175
Andorra is an advanced, stable democracy with a modern economy. Read the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Andorra for additional information.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Andorra is landlocked, and does not have an airport; therefore, all visitors to Andorra must enter via Andorra’s border with either Spain or France. There are no visa requirements for U.S. citizens entering Andorra for stays of up to three months; however, the relevant visa regulations for France or Spain should be followed, depending on which country is transited to reach Andorra.
Andorra is not part of the Schengen area. Travelers who require a Schengen visa to enter Europe should make sure their visas entitle them to multiple entries to safeguard from being refused re-entry to Spain or France following a stay in Andorra. U.S. citizens may enter Andorra through Spain or France without a visa for up to 90 days in a six-month period for tourist or business purposes. Upon entry into Andorra, your passport should be valid for at least six months as you can remain in Andorra for up to 90 days before re-entering the Schengen zone. Upon re-entry into the Schengen zone, your passport should have at least 90 days validity remaining.
For additional details about traveling to and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen Fact Sheet.
For more information on entry requirements to Andorra, travelers should contact the Embassy of the Principality of Andorra to the United States of America, 2 U.N. Plaza, 25th floor, New York, NY 10018, telephone (212) 750-8064, email Andorra@un.int.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Spanish Immigration strictly enforces national immigration laws and regulations. Upon your reentry into Spain, you may be expected to present documentation to the Spanish immigration officer related to the purpose of your trip, your return flight, hotel reservations or the letter of invitation, and proof that you have sufficient funds for your stay. In recent years, an increased number of U.S. citizens have been refused entry because they failed to comply with and/or satisfy Spanish immigration laws, because they overstayed on previous visits to Spain or other Schengen countries.
The Spanish and French governments scrutinize visitors who overstay their visas or their visa-free entry per the Schengen Agreement. You should leave Spain or France promptly at the end of the 90-day visa-free travel period, or at the end of the time stated on your visa.
U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Andorra for longer than three months, or who wish to apply for residency in Andorra, will need to provide a criminal records check to Andorran authorities. This document can 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 for the apostille.
The Consulate General in Barcelona does not take fingerprints for the purpose of criminal records checks; rather, U.S. citizens can obtain a letter from the Consulate General asking local police in Spain to take their fingerprints. To obtain the letter from the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, individuals should make an appointment for notarial services using this link.
In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments 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: Short-term visitors to Andorra do not face entry restrictions regarding HIV/AIDS. Prior to October 2010, non-Andorrans with HIV/AIDS could not apply for long-term residency status in Andorra. Legislation was passed in 2010 that lifted that restriction.
Safety and Security
The U.S. government reminds U.S. citizens to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution at all times. Like its Western European neighbors, Andorra shares the same concern regarding the increased threat of international terrorist incidents.
Although public demonstrations are not common in Andorra, even demonstrations meant to be peaceful can become unpredictable and turn violent. Travelers should avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings, and pay attention to what local news media have to say.
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so the Department of State can keep you updated with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona on Twitter http://twitter.com/usconsulatebcn and visit the Consulate General’s website http://barcelona.usconsulate.gov/
- In the event of an emergency, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or via a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and checking for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.
CRIME: Andorra has a low crime rate. However, since all visitors to Andorra will transit through Southern France or Northeast Spain to get there, 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.
Street crime affects thousands of tourists each year mostly in major cities in the region. The most common incidents involve petty theft such as pickpocketing and stolen items. Although less common, muggings, with or without violence, do occur. Criminals frequent tourist areas and major attractions such as museums, monuments, beaches, outdoor cafes, and public transportation while searching for an easy mark. Criminals have also been known to victimize people inside restaurants and hotel lobbies where customers tend to feel more comfortable letting their guard down.
Thieves often work in teams of two or more people using tactics to distract the unsuspecting tourist while the accomplice makes off with one’s personal belongings. The distractions they employ are quite varied and creative: Waving a map in your face while asking for directions, reenacting a soccer kick, spilling something on you and pretending to clean it, dropping coins or keys near a prospective victim relying on his assistance to pick it up, etc. They will even sit next to you at a restaurant pretending to be a customer just long enough to rifle through your jacket or purse.
After the mark has been identified, the actual theft is usually imperceptible until later when the victim tries to look for his/her wallet, phone, or bag. The thieves will use any means to accomplish the robbery as inconspicuously as possible. They weave in and out of a crowd distracted by buskers, cut straps on purses, money belts, and fanny packs, or grab purses and suitcases from distracted victims in restaurants and hotel lobbies. Bolder criminals will do a snatch and grab in plain view or pretend to be police officers checking tourists for counterfeit money, which they ultimately confiscate as evidence.
One of the most insidious examples of theft is known as the Good Samaritan scam. A motorist will hail down a tourist to inform him 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 all of their belongings from the unlocked vehicle. A variation of this scam involves someone yelling at the driver that there is a cat underneath the vehicle. When the driver opens the door, the thief snatches a purse, bag, or phone and takes off.
Travelers should remain alert to their personal security, exercise caution, and carry limited cash, one credit card, and a copy of their passport. Travelers are urged to leave extra cash and credit cards, passports and personal documents in a safe location, and shouldn’t leave luggage or other valuables in plain view through a car window.
While sightseeing, travelers are urged to avoid placing passports, cash or other valuables in the outer pockets of backpacks or purses. Travelers should not leave belongings unattended in public areas and should not put purses on the floor or on the backs of chairs in restaurants.
Sexual assault is not common, but incidents have occurred. We recommend travelers be accompanied by a friend whenever possible, especially at night. Travelers should remain cautious in bars and clubs where alcohol is served, as tourists and students have reported having their drinks spiked with drugs and only discover the following morning that they have been robbed and assaulted. Never leave drinks unattended and never accept a drink from a stranger.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of a violent crime such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities; and if you want us to, contact family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys who speak English, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Europe, including in Spain, France, and Andorra, is 112.
Please see our information on victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While traveling in Andorra, you are subject to its laws. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own and criminal penalties vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in other countries, but are illegal in the United States. You can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using/disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Andorra, your U.S. citizenship will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It is very important to know what is legal and what is not wherever you go.
Persons violating the laws of Andorra, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in Andorra are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. In Andorra, driving under the influence could land you in jail immediately.
While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested within its borders, that may not always be the case. To ensure that the United States government is aware of your circumstances, request that the Andorran police or prison officials notify the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona as soon as you are arrested or detained.
LGBT RIGHTS: The LGBT community in Andorra is not as visible or as politically organized as in neighboring countries. While Andorran law prohibits discrimination against LGBT persons, same-sex marriages are not recognized including those performed in other countries where it is recognized. Since 2014, Andorra allows for civil unions for same-sex couples.
For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Andorra, you may review the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBT Travel Information page.
ACCESSIBILITY: 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. These nondiscrimination laws help to protect travelers with disabilities. In practice, 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 generally be called in advance. In some areas, sidewalks can be narrow and very steep. Tourists should take this into account when planning their visit.
Good medical care is available in Andorra. Regulations regarding medications may vary from those in the United States. 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).
You can find detailed information on vaccinations and other health precautions on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: Road conditions can differ significantly from those in the United States.
Andorra is a small country in the Pyrenees Mountains. There is one main road approaching from the Spanish side, which is more widely used than the main road approaching from the French side. There are a few secondary roads also used to enter the country. Both main roads have customs and immigration controls. Drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop.
Although roads are generally of good quality, steep hairpin turns are quite common especially in the mountains. Because of the altitude, weather conditions can change abruptly and unpredictably. Snow and icy conditions can challenge even the most cautious of drivers.
Drivers must carry proof of car insurance and an international driver’s license. Drivers in the front seat are required to wear seatbelts and children should be strapped into child seats. Mobile phones should not be used while driving except while employing a hands-free device.
Andorra has strict drunk driving laws. 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. This is done to ensure the traffic fine is paid by foreigners who may not return to pay the fine.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no commercial air service in Andorra, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Andorra’s compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.