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Andorra
Principality of Andorra
Last Updated: September 1, 2017
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Quick Facts
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.

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Destination Description

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

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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 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; however, the relevant visa regulations for France or Spain should be followed
  • 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 visas entitle 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.

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.

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

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Safety and Security

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.

To stay connected:

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.

VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  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 United States
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • provide support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

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.

Please see our Information for Victims of Crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States. Please remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

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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.

Customs:

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.” 

See our LGBTI travel information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.


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.

 

 

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Health

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:

  • Obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
  • The U.S. Government does not pay medical bills. Medicare does not apply overseas.
  • Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 
  • Be up to date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information, go to:

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Travel and Transportation

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Andorra, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Traffic Laws:

  • 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.

Please refer to our road safety page for more information. We also suggest that you visit the Andorra Tourism website for more information.  

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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

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

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General Information

Andorra is within the consular district of the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona. For information concerning travel to Andorra, including information about the location of U.S. representation, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Andorra.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Andorra acceded to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) on April 6, 2011.  The Convention entered into force between the United States and Andorra on January 1, 2017.  The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Andorra.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Website: travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

The Andorra Central Authority (ACA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Interior.  The ACA has an administrative role in processing Hague Abduction Convention applications.  The ACA forwards completed Hague applications to the appropriate court in the jurisdiction where the defendant resides.  The ACA can be reached at:

Andorra Central Authority
Ministry of Interior
Carretera de l’Obac s/n
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany
Principality of Andorra
Telephone: (37-6) 872-080
Fax: (37-6) 869-250

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Andorra, the USCA encourages parents to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the ACA.  All documents written in English must be translated into either Catalan or French, depending on the area where the child is located in Andorra.  The USCA can help you determine the correct language for translation.  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the ACA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Andorra Central Authorities.  Attorney fees, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Andorra.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Andorra.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

Retaining a private attorney is not required in order to submit a Hague Abduction Convention application to a court in Andorra.  The ACA assigns a Public Prosecutor to present a Hague case before the appropriate court.  However, the Public Prosecutor does not represent the left-behind parent or legal guardian who submitted the application; instead, the Public Prosecutor represents Andorra and submits the request for return on behalf of the ACA.  The Public Prosecutor will not have direct contact with the left-behind parent or legal guardian. 

Parents or legal guardians have the option to hire a private attorney to represent them.  However, all attorney fees will be the applicant’s responsibility.  If the applicant hires a private attorney, the ACA will continue to provide information on the Hague Abduction Convention, if requested, and will monitor the progress of the case, if they are aware of it.

The U.S. Consulate in Barcelona, Spain, posts a list of attorneys including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list.  Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Andorran Ministry of Health and Welfare may be a resource for information on mediation services available in Andorra in parental child abduction cases.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Andorra is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of the child’s country of origin.

The Adoption and Other Forms of Protection for Vulnerable Minors Act of March 21, 1996 and the recent modification on January 3, 2013 of the Adoption Regulation governs adoption processing in Andorra.

The small number of children that are eligible for adoption are generally adopted by Andorran citizens. Currently no U.S. accredited adoption service providers are authorized to work in Andorra, so it is not possible at this time for U.S. citizens to adopt an Andorran child pursuant to the Hague Adoption Convention.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Andorra, and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Andorran Central Authority
Ministry of Health and Welfare
Avenue Princep Benlloch no. 30, 4a Planta
AD - 500 Andorra La Vella
Principality of Andorra
Contact Person:
Mrs. Ruth Mallol Rovira
Central Authority Liaison Officer
Adoption Service
Tel: +376 874 800
Fax: +376 829 347
Email: adopcions.infancia@andorra.ad

Andorran Competent Authority 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
C/Prat de la Creu 62-64
AD - 500 Andorra La Vella
Principality of Andorra
Tel: +376 875 704
Fax: +376 869 559
Email: exteriors.gov@andorra.ad

U.S. Consulate General
Paseo Reina Elisenda, 23
08034 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 93 280 2227
Fax: (34) 932 806 175
Email: barcelonaacs@state.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Please check back for update.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth, Baptismal, Marriage and Death Certificates

Available.  Birth, marriage and death certificates registered after 1997 may be obtained from the Civil Registry (Registre Civil).  Address:   Carrer Dr. Vilanova, 13, Edifici Davi, 4 pis, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Principat d’Andorra. 

Birth, marriage, and death certificates registered prior to 1997 have to be obtained from the specific church where the initial registration took place.  Baptismal certificates carry no legal weight and must be obtained from the church where the person was baptized.

For registrations prior to 1997, if the document is issued in the Catalan language, the applicant needs to obtain the apostille from the Andorran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Once the document has the first apostille, the applicant needs to take the document to a sworn translator.  After it is translated, a notary public in Andorra shall legalize the sworn translator’s signature with a stamp.  After the stamp has been applied, the applicant must return to the MFA once again for a second apostille.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Birth, Baptismal, Marriage and Death Certificates

Available.  Birth, marriage and death certificates registered after 1997 may be obtained from the Civil Registry (Registre Civil).  Address:   Carrer Dr. Vilanova, 13, Edifici Davi, 4 pis, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Principat d’Andorra. 

Birth, marriage, and death certificates registered prior to 1997 have to be obtained from the specific church where the initial registration took place.  Baptismal certificates carry no legal weight and must be obtained from the church where the person was baptized.

For registrations prior to 1997, if the document is issued in the Catalan language, the applicant needs to obtain the apostille from the Andorran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Once the document has the first apostille, the applicant needs to take the document to a sworn translator.  After it is translated, a notary public in Andorra shall legalize the sworn translator’s signature with a stamp.  After the stamp has been applied, the applicant must return to the MFA once again for a second apostille.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable.

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Identity Card

Unavailable.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available.  Criminal records (“antecedents penals”) are issued by the “Batllia” (Andorran courts). Address:  Seu de la Justícia, Av. Tarragona, 58-62, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Principat d’Andorra.  The document is issued in the Catalan language.  After obtaining the antecedents penals from the Batllia, the applicant needs to obtain the apostille from the Andorran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Once the document has the first apostille, the applicant needs to take the document to a sworn translator.  After it is translated, a notary public in Andorra shall legalize the sworn translator’s signature with a stamp.  After the stamp has been applied, the applicant must return to the MFA once again for a second apostille.  

Court Records

Unavailable.

Prison Records

Unavailable. However, police records will reflect prior imprisonment in Andorra.

Military Records

Unavailable. Andorra has no military.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Unavailable.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Madrid, Spain (Embassy)

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Andorra are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

New York, NY (212) 750-8064/8065 (212) 750-6630

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Barcelona
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23,
08034 Barcelona
Spain
Telephone
+(34) 93-280-2227
Emergency
+(34) 91-587-2200
Fax
+(34) 93-280-6175
Andorra Country Map

Learn about your destination
Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Andorra
Principality of Andorra
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Embassy Messages
Quick Facts
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.

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

None

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Embassies and Consulates

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

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Destination Description

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

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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 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; however, the relevant visa regulations for France or Spain should be followed
  • 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 visas entitle 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.

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.

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

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Safety and Security

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.

To stay connected:

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.

VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  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 United States
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical
  • provide support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

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.

Please see our Information for Victims of Crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States. Please remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

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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.

Customs:

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.” 

See our LGBTI travel information page and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.


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.

 

 

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Health

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:

  • Obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
  • The U.S. Government does not pay medical bills. Medicare does not apply overseas.
  • Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. 
  • Be up to date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For further health information, go to:

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Travel and Transportation

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Andorra, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Traffic Laws:

  • 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.

Please refer to our road safety page for more information. We also suggest that you visit the Andorra Tourism website for more information.  

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.

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
Yes
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

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

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General Information

Andorra is within the consular district of the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona. For information concerning travel to Andorra, including information about the location of U.S. representation, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Andorra.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.

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Hague Abduction Convention

Andorra acceded to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) on April 6, 2011.  The Convention entered into force between the United States and Andorra on January 1, 2017.  The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Andorra.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.

Contact information:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Office of Children's
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Website: travel.state.gov
Email: AskCI@state.gov

The Andorra Central Authority (ACA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Interior.  The ACA has an administrative role in processing Hague Abduction Convention applications.  The ACA forwards completed Hague applications to the appropriate court in the jurisdiction where the defendant resides.  The ACA can be reached at:

Andorra Central Authority
Ministry of Interior
Carretera de l’Obac s/n
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany
Principality of Andorra
Telephone: (37-6) 872-080
Fax: (37-6) 869-250

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Andorra, the USCA encourages parents to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the ACA.  All documents written in English must be translated into either Catalan or French, depending on the area where the child is located in Andorra.  The USCA can help you determine the correct language for translation.  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the ACA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Andorra Central Authorities.  Attorney fees, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

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Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Andorra.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Andorra.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

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Retaining an Attorney

Retaining a private attorney is not required in order to submit a Hague Abduction Convention application to a court in Andorra.  The ACA assigns a Public Prosecutor to present a Hague case before the appropriate court.  However, the Public Prosecutor does not represent the left-behind parent or legal guardian who submitted the application; instead, the Public Prosecutor represents Andorra and submits the request for return on behalf of the ACA.  The Public Prosecutor will not have direct contact with the left-behind parent or legal guardian. 

Parents or legal guardians have the option to hire a private attorney to represent them.  However, all attorney fees will be the applicant’s responsibility.  If the applicant hires a private attorney, the ACA will continue to provide information on the Hague Abduction Convention, if requested, and will monitor the progress of the case, if they are aware of it.

The U.S. Consulate in Barcelona, Spain, posts a list of attorneys including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list.  Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

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Mediation

Andorran Ministry of Health and Welfare may be a resource for information on mediation services available in Andorra in parental child abduction cases.

Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  It is important for parents to understand that, although a left behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.   For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney when planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Andorra is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption(Hague Adoption Convention).  Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of the child’s country of origin.

The Adoption and Other Forms of Protection for Vulnerable Minors Act of March 21, 1996 and the recent modification on January 3, 2013 of the Adoption Regulation governs adoption processing in Andorra.

The small number of children that are eligible for adoption are generally adopted by Andorran citizens. Currently no U.S. accredited adoption service providers are authorized to work in Andorra, so it is not possible at this time for U.S. citizens to adopt an Andorran child pursuant to the Hague Adoption Convention.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Andorra, and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona’s website for information on consular services.

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Contact Information

Andorran Central Authority
Ministry of Health and Welfare
Avenue Princep Benlloch no. 30, 4a Planta
AD - 500 Andorra La Vella
Principality of Andorra
Contact Person:
Mrs. Ruth Mallol Rovira
Central Authority Liaison Officer
Adoption Service
Tel: +376 874 800
Fax: +376 829 347
Email: adopcions.infancia@andorra.ad

Andorran Competent Authority 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
C/Prat de la Creu 62-64
AD - 500 Andorra La Vella
Principality of Andorra
Tel: +376 875 704
Fax: +376 869 559
Email: exteriors.gov@andorra.ad

U.S. Consulate General
Paseo Reina Elisenda, 23
08034 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 93 280 2227
Fax: (34) 932 806 175
Email: barcelonaacs@state.gov

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth, Baptismal, Marriage and Death Certificates

Available.  Birth, marriage and death certificates registered after 1997 may be obtained from the Civil Registry (Registre Civil).  Address:   Carrer Dr. Vilanova, 13, Edifici Davi, 4 pis, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Principat d’Andorra. 

Birth, marriage, and death certificates registered prior to 1997 have to be obtained from the specific church where the initial registration took place.  Baptismal certificates carry no legal weight and must be obtained from the church where the person was baptized.

For registrations prior to 1997, if the document is issued in the Catalan language, the applicant needs to obtain the apostille from the Andorran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Once the document has the first apostille, the applicant needs to take the document to a sworn translator.  After it is translated, a notary public in Andorra shall legalize the sworn translator’s signature with a stamp.  After the stamp has been applied, the applicant must return to the MFA once again for a second apostille.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Birth, Baptismal, Marriage and Death Certificates

Available.  Birth, marriage and death certificates registered after 1997 may be obtained from the Civil Registry (Registre Civil).  Address:   Carrer Dr. Vilanova, 13, Edifici Davi, 4 pis, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Principat d’Andorra. 

Birth, marriage, and death certificates registered prior to 1997 have to be obtained from the specific church where the initial registration took place.  Baptismal certificates carry no legal weight and must be obtained from the church where the person was baptized.

For registrations prior to 1997, if the document is issued in the Catalan language, the applicant needs to obtain the apostille from the Andorran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Once the document has the first apostille, the applicant needs to take the document to a sworn translator.  After it is translated, a notary public in Andorra shall legalize the sworn translator’s signature with a stamp.  After the stamp has been applied, the applicant must return to the MFA once again for a second apostille.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable.

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Identity Card

Unavailable.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available.  Criminal records (“antecedents penals”) are issued by the “Batllia” (Andorran courts). Address:  Seu de la Justícia, Av. Tarragona, 58-62, AD500 Andorra la Vella, Principat d’Andorra.  The document is issued in the Catalan language.  After obtaining the antecedents penals from the Batllia, the applicant needs to obtain the apostille from the Andorran Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Once the document has the first apostille, the applicant needs to take the document to a sworn translator.  After it is translated, a notary public in Andorra shall legalize the sworn translator’s signature with a stamp.  After the stamp has been applied, the applicant must return to the MFA once again for a second apostille.  

Court Records

Unavailable.

Prison Records

Unavailable. However, police records will reflect prior imprisonment in Andorra.

Military Records

Unavailable. Andorra has no military.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Unavailable.

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Madrid, Spain (Embassy)

Visa Services

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications for nationals of Andorra are processed by the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

New York, NY (212) 750-8064/8065 (212) 750-6630

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Barcelona
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23,
08034 Barcelona
Spain
Telephone
+(34) 93-280-2227
Emergency
+(34) 91-587-2200
Fax
+(34) 93-280-6175
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.