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Andorra travel guide

About Andorra

Tucked away in the eastern Pyrenees, the tiny Principality of Andorra is a land of narrow valleys and mountainous landscapes that’s popular for skiing and trekking. Its pretty villages and hamlets – dotted along the main road that traverses the country – are filled with Romanesque churches and houses, built in a unique, local style and preserved through the country’s seclusion.

Tracing its roots back to Ancient Greek times and Polybius’ mention of Iberian Andosinos, Andorra is not short of history. Tradition has it that Charlemagne rewarded the Andorrans for fending off the Moors by granting them a charter. It’s this peculiar independence, somehow enduring over the ages against successive threats, that has allowed Andorra’s beautiful architecture to remain so unspoiled.

Liberal snowfalls and an undulating chunk of the Pyrenees make for great skiing conditions; those who love wintersports will find some of Europe's best pistes here. Politicians and royalty of Spain choose Andorra’s white peaks for their skiing holidays – and prices are certainly geared towards the well heeled. During milder spells, Andorra also offers excellent hiking conditions, with sweeping valleys, challenging ascents and charming vistas.

The diminutive nation is administered from the capital city, Andorra la Vella, with two ‘Co-Princes’ as joint heads of states: the President of France and Bishop of Urgell in Catalonia, a tradition that dates back to the 13th century. The capital might not be to everybody's taste (think chock-a-block traffic barging between more shops than could possibly be required), but just a brief distance away lie some rural gems. 

Villages such as Pal, a medieval settlement with an 11th century church, are well worth visiting. The Iron Route – by foot or bus – is also popular, taking visitors around the old town of Ordino. Andorra sees an incredible 10 million visitors a year, but wander off the beaten track and you’ll find many secluded Pyrenean spots to call your own.

Key facts

Area:

467.8 sq km (180.6 sq miles).

Population:

69,165 (UN estimate 2016).

Population density:

183.3 per sq km.

Capital:

Andorra la Vella.

Government:

Principality under the suzerainty of the President of France and the Spanish Bishop of Seu d'Urgell.

Head of state:

Co-heads Joan Enric Vives i Sicilia (Bishop of la Seu d'Urgell) since 2003.

Head of government:

Prime Minister Xavier Espot Zamora since 2019.

Travel Advice

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Andorra on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

In order to travel from Andorra via France, you must complete a travel certificate online. See FCDO Travel Advice on entry requirements to France. You can find further details on the French government website.

In order to travel from Andorra via Spain, you will need to complete a travel certificate online. See FCDO Travel advice for Spain. You can find further details here.

Before travelling to France or Spain from Andorra, you should consult the web pages of the relevant Andorran, Spanish or French authorities.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Andorra.

Returning to the UK

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Andorra

The Andorran authorities have various restrictions in place including social distancing of 1.5m unless specific protocols are in place. The use of a mask is not mandatory in public spaces and on urban roads, provided that there are no crowds of people that do not allow you to maintain the minimum distance of 1.5 meters. The use of face mask is mandatory in enclosed public premises such as bars, restaurants, shops and cultural establishments, among others. All people over eight years old are required to wear masks.

Only groups of up to 10 people are able to meet, including in private spaces, with a limit of 8 inside bars and restaurants. Limits to capacity are also in place in shops and other places of interest, and you should follow the instructions displayed locally. Similar restrictions are in place in gyms and sports centres. Smoking is not permitted in any public area.

You can find more information regarding the measures in place on the Andorran government website.

Healthcare in Andorra

If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, call 116. Do not go directly to a hospital or healthcare facility.

For general information surrounding the measures introduced by the Andorran authorities, call 118.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Andorra.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Andorra

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Andorra announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Andorran national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and is using the Pfizer-BioNTech and Astra-Zeneca vaccines. The Andorran Ministry of Health has published information about their national vaccination programme registration system (only available in Catalan). You can only register online if you are registered as a resident of the Principality or if you have a valid work permit. Children under the age of sixteen cannot register. For more general information from the Andorran government regarding vaccines in Andorra, see their information page (only available in Catalan).

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Andorra, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

Crime

Street crime is rare, but you should take care of your personal belongings. Don’t keep money and valuables all in one place. Keep a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport somewhere safe.

Be alert to the possible use of ‘date rape’ and other drugs including ‘GHB’ and liquid ecstasy. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times to make sure they are not spiked; female travellers should be particularly careful. Alcohol and drugs can make you less vigilant, less in control and less aware of your environment - especially at altitude. If you drink, know your limit - remember that drinks served in bars are often stronger than those in the UK.

Avoid splitting up from your friends, and don’t go off with people you don’t know.

Legal aid is only available for residents in Andorra. This means travellers will always need to hire a private lawyer.

Road travel

Driving is on the right in Andorra (opposite to the UK). It’s a legal requirement for motorists travelling to or transiting Andorra to carry 2 red warning triangles, to be placed in front of and behind the vehicle in the event of an accident or breakdown. Drivers must have a spare pair of glasses (if needed for driving), a spare wheel, and a full set of spare light bulbs plus the tools to change them. If you have to leave your vehicle due to an accident or breakdown, or while awaiting the arrival of the emergency services, you must wear a reflective jacket. Failure to do so could result in a heavy fine.

Carry a certificate of insurance with you in case you are stopped. If you have hired a car and bought insurance, you should be given documentation.

Andorra has stricter drink driving laws than many other countries, including the UK, and the authorities impose strict penalties.

Seat belts are required for front seat passengers. No children under the age of ten should be in the front seat and small children must be in an approved child safety seat.

Talking on mobile phones when driving is forbidden but you are allowed to use a completely hands-free unit.

See the RAC and AA guides to driving in Andorra.

Winter sports

If you’re planning a skiing holiday to Andorra, contact the Andorran Foreign Ministry for advice on safety and weather conditions before travelling.

Off-piste skiing is highly dangerous. Follow safety instructions carefully to protect yourself against avalanches. Further information can be found on the European Avalanche Warning Service, Ski Andorra and GoSki websites.

If an accident occurs whilst mountaineering, canyoning, potholing or climbing, or if you become lost, telephone the Emergency Services on the following numbers:

112 - General Emergencies / Mountain Rescue
118 - Ambulance/Fire Brigade
110 - Police
116 - Medical Emergency Service

Read more about how to stay safe on the slopes.

Consular assistance

There is an Honorary British Consul in Andorra, under the supervision of the British Consulate - General, Barcelona.

To contact our Honorary Consul in Andorra or to request Consular assistance in Andorra, you should first make contact with the British Consulate General in Barcelona.

British Consulate-General

Edifico Torre de Barcelona
Avenida Diagonal 477 - 13
08036
Barcelona

Spain.consulate@fcdo.gov.uk

Telephone: (+34) 93 366 6200

Terrorist attacks in Andorra can’t be ruled out.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.

You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public places, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

Law requires tourist apartments to be registered and sanctions could apply to non-registered apartments. You’re encouraged to stay in official tourist apartments. Hotels and tourist apartments are required by law to register the names of all overnight guests to the police. You’ll have to provide your passport details during your stay.

Andorra has strict rules on public drunkenness. It’s forbidden to drink alcohol on the street.

Andorra applies a zero tolerance policy to the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Andorra isn’t a member of the European Union and duty free tobacco, liquor and luxury goods are subject to taxes and duties on re-entering European Union countries. France and Spain apply strict rules on the amount of tobacco exported from Andorra for personal use. Amounts in excess of this can be impounded as can the transporting vehicle.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Andorra set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

All travel into Andorra requires transit via neighbouring France or Spain. You should check the entry requirements for each country in conjunction with this travel advice. The Andorran Government advises that people returning to Andorra from the United Kingdom must, in addition, follow the COVID related safety measures outlined below until further notice.

All tourists over 6 years of age staying in the country for 3 or more nights must have one of the following certificates:

  • a vaccination certificate confirming that the holder has received the full COVID-19 vaccination dosage
  • a diagnostic certificate indicating a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result in the 72 hours before arriving in the Principality of Andorra or a negative rapid-antigen test certificate from the 48 hours before arriving at the accommodation
  • a recovery certificate certifying that the holder has recovered from COVID-19. The certificate must be the original, written in Catalan, Spanish, French or English, in printed or digital format, and must be shown when checking in to accommodation

Tourists aged over 6 who are residents of France, Spain and Portugal and residents of so-called green countries continue to be exempt from having to present any of the three certificates, as per the Recommendation (UE) 2020/1475, as well as those from countries with a test ratio equal to or over 5,000 tests per week per 100,000 inhabitants and a positivity rate of less than 5%.

For further information, please visit Andorra COVID information page.

All those arriving in Andorra are advised by Andorran authorities to take extreme preventive measures (personal distance, hands sanitation and wearing mask) and minimize social interactions.

All those arriving from the UK will be required to provide their name and surnames, passport or census number, telephone number, city or region of origin in the United Kingdom, date of arrival in Andorra and date of return (if returning) to the United Kingdom to the Andorran authorities.

Regular entry requirements

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Travelling to Andorra

All travel into Andorra requires transit via neighbouring France or Spain. You should check the entry requirements for each country in conjunction with this travel advice.

Visas

British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Andorra.

If you wish to stay for longer than 3 months, you must apply for a work or residence permit through the local immigration services. You can find information on the different requirements (in Catalan) from the Andorran government.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Travelling with children

Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should travel with a copy of any custody documents and written authorisation of the other parent.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry and exit from Andorra.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Andorra on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Andorra.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Local medical care

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), does not provide health cover in Andorra. Make sure you have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that is valid for travel to non-EU countries. Check that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake, like skiing or rafting.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 116 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).

Foreign travel checklist

Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.

Travel safety

The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can’t provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.

When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.

Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.

Refunds and cancellations

If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can’t offer a refund to their customers.

For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Registering your travel details with us

We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.

Previous versions of FCDO travel advice

If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCO travel advice. If you can’t find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice Team a request.

Further help

If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.

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