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Andorra
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Principality of Andorra

Last Updated: September 1, 2017
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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
08034 Barcelona, Spain

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Six months recommended before entry into Andorra, although only three months are required

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Entry stamp available upon request

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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None required for stays less than 90 days in Spain, France, or Andorra

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U.S. Consulate General Barcelona

Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23,
08034 Barcelona
Spain

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

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Andorra for information on U.S. – Andorran  relations. 

Andorra is not part of the Schengen area.  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.  Visit the Embassy of the Principality of Andorra 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; the relevant visa regulations for France or Spain should be followed.
  • Upon re-entry to the Schengen zone, your passport should have at least 6 months validity. If you require a Schengen visa to enter Europe, be sure your visa entitles you to multiple entries to safeguard 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 will need to 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 for the apostille.
  • You may obtain a letter from the Consulate General in Barcelona asking local police in Spain to take your fingerprints.  You 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.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Andorra. Visit the Embassy of Andorra’s  website for the most current visa information.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting 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. 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 event.
  • Even demonstrations meant to be peaceful can become unpredictable and turn violent.

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 Good Samaritan scam or 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 all of your belongings from the unlocked vehicle.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona. 

Report crimes to the local police at 112 and contact the U.S. Consulate General at (34) 93-280-2227. 

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

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.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • 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 U.S.
  • in 2016 the Government of Andorra launched 24x7 assistance telephone line number 181 for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and guarantees free legal assistance to victims.
  • 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 U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona for assistance.

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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).

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

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

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Andorra’s webpage to ensure the medication is legal in Andorra.  Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona 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.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Andorra. However, the LGBTI community in Andorra is not as visible or as politically organized as in neighboring countries.

  • Since 2014, Andorra allows for civil unions for same-sex couples. According to Andorran law 34/2014, a 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.”

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: 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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Special Circumstances: Andorra is part of the Eurozone and only euros are accepted.

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.

Traffic Laws: 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.

Public Transportation: Andorra does not have railroad or airport services, and given Andorra’s geography, size and location, road travel is the most common mode of transport.

The Andorra road network includes 269 kms. The main roads are CG-1 and CG-2 and Andorra has approximately 81,000 vehicles registered.

Public transportation (bus and taxi services) are readily available and they generally function well.  All public transportation companies operate under the regulations of the Andorran ministry of Economy and Finances. Information about them is available from the official Andorran website:  http://www.mobilitat.ad/ca/transport-public

Car rental is also available and an international drivers’ license is not required for tourists as long as they carry a valid driver’s license (with photo).   In case of a car incident, private companies provide roadside assistance and each county has traffic and citizen assistance services.

Traffic incidents are publicized through the Andorran government website link: http://www.mobilitat.ad/mapa/ca/mapa/extended 

Road condition information is available by phone:

Calling from Andorra: 1802 1802
Calling from outside of Andorra: +376 1802 1802

Transportation of hazardous materials is controlled by the National Traffic Control center.

http://www.mobilitat.ad/ca/ provides more information.

See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Andorra’s  national tourist office  and national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Andorra , the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Andorra’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page

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