Road Conditions and Safety: While in Andorra, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.
Andorra?s transportation infrastructure is largely road-based. The road network has a length of 167 miles of which 123 are paved. In winter, the main roads are, in general, quickly cleared of snow and remain accessible but storms in the north might cause traffic disruptions.
See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of the Andorra Tourism authority and Andorra?s national authority responsible for road safety.
- 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, one in front and one behind the vehicle, to alert other drivers.
- Unlike in the United States, Andorran police authorities may levy and collect 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.
Public Transportation: Bus service connects all parishes, and there is frequent long-distance bus service to La Seu d?Urgell and Barcelona in Spain and to Toulouse and Perpignan in France.
Car rental agencies in Andorra have offices in most towns. To rent a car, you must be in possession of a valid EU driver?s license or an International Driving Permit and a credit card.
Taxi service is available through the Andorra Association of Interurban Taxi Drivers.
Aviation Safety Oversight: Andorra does not have an international airport. The closest airports in Spain are La Seu d’Urgell, Barcelona, Lleida, Reus and Girona. The nearest airports in France are Toulouse, Carcassonne and Perpignan. Most offer coach or minibus service to Andorra.
Please visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page?for more information on COVID-19 in?Andorra.?
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.
The U.S. Consulate General maintains a list of doctors and hospitals. We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
For emergency services in Andorra dial 112.
Ambulance services are widely available.
The U.S. government does not pay medical bills for private U.S. citizens. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor?s prescription. Check with the Andorra?s Health Department to ensure the medication is legal in Andorra.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
Health facilities in general
- Adequate health facilities are available in Andorra La Vella but health care in rural areas may be below U.S. standards.
- Hospitals usually require advance payment or proof of adequate insurance before admitting a patient.
- Medical staff may speak little or no English.
Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery
- Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. People seeking health care overseas should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on Medical Tourism.
- We strongly recommend supplemental insurance?to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.
- Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, may be readily available for purchase with little controls. Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.
Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy
- If you are considering traveling to Andorra to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology (ART), please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page.
- Surrogacy is illegal in Andorra and subject to complex local regulation.
Andorra is a skiing and mountain climbing destination and offers adventure travel activities (See: https://visitandorra.com/es/naturaleza/naturaleza-de-aventura/). These meet WTO guidelines, and Andorra does not report major incidents in adventure travel activities.
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel.
Local laws and Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.
- 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.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Consulate General immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Andorra. The LGBTI community in Andorra is not as visible or as politically organized as in neighboring countries. Andorran law prohibits discrimination against LGBTI persons.
- 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 if 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.?
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Andorran law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, and mental disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and the provision of other state services.
- Persons with disabilities have easy access to public buildings.
- Andorra ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in March 2014, and the government continues to adapt infrastructure to the needs of disabled persons to ensure accessibility to public transportation, museums, commerce, restaurants, and other buildings throughout the country.
- Taxis that can accommodate wheelchairs are available but must be called in advance.
- In some areas, sidewalks can be narrow and very steep. You should take this into account when planning your visit.
Women Travelers: Andorra?s Ministry of Social Affairs develops programs and campaigns to promote gender equality and to fight and prevent domestic violence and human traffic (see: https://www.aferssocials.ad/igualtat).
See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: Terrorist groups and those inspired by such organizations are intent on conducting attacks worldwide, including within Europe. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack ? including knives, firearms, and vehicles ? to more effectively target crowds. Frequently, their aim is unprotected or vulnerable targets, such as:
- High-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies, demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
- Hotels, clubs, and restaurants frequented by tourists
- Places of worship
- Shopping malls and markets
- Public transportation systems (including subways, buses, trains, and scheduled commercial flights)
For more information, see our Terrorism page.
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 for Spain and France for additional details.
- 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.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police at 110 and contact the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona at + (34) 932-802-227 for assistance. U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the U.S. Consulate General. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- Help you find appropriate medical care
- Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- Provide general information regarding the victim?s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion
- Provide a list of local attorneys
- Provide our information on victim?s compensation programs in the U.S.
- Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- Replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the U.S. Consulate General for assistance. Also, call the toll-free emergency number in Andorra, 181, to report domestic violence. For more information, see English language brochure under ?Servei d?Atenci? a les V?ctimes de Viol?ncia Dom?stica i Familiar (SAVVDF)? at https://www.aferssocials.ad/igualtat.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules [with regards to best practices and safety inspections] are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Entry exit Requirementsh
U.S. citizens are currently subject to COVID-19 entry restrictions when coming to the European Union. 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 land border with either Spain or France. U.S. citizens will need to comply with restrictions in those countries prior to entering Andorra. No additional restrictions are in place in Andorra. Please visit the U.S. Embassy in Madrid?s COVID-19 page or the U.S. Embassy in Paris? COVID-19 page for more information on the specific entry/exit requirements in those countries.
Visit Andorra?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the most current travel requirements information.
- We recommend passports be valid for at least six months beyond your stay.
- You may enter Andorra through Spain or France under the Schengen Visa Waiver Agreement for a stay of up to 90 days; however, long term visitors should follow the relevant residency regulations and obtain the required Andorra residence card (Note: Andorra does not issue visas).
- Upon re-entry to the Schengen zone, your passport should have at least 90 days validity after the date of your planned departure from the Schengen zone.
- If you require a Schengen visa to enter Europe, be sure your visa entitles you to multiple entries to safeguard against being refused re-entry to Spain or France following a stay in Andorra. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
- If you wish to stay in Andorra longer than three months, or to apply for residency, you must provide a criminal record check to Andorran authorities. This may be obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation?s Criminal Justice Information Services office (CJIS), which you would then send to the Department of State to obtain the required apostille. You can download the FBI form for fingerprint collection (FD-258) directly from the FBI website link: https://www.fbi.gov/form-fd-258-1.pdf. With this form you can visit the main police station of Andorra: Despatx Central de Policia, Ed. Administratiu de l’Obac, Crta. de l’Obac s/n, Escaldes-Engordany, Principat d’Andorra, Tel: +376-872000, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and request that an officer take your fingerprints. This service is available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday but call ahead to confirm.
- 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. (See: Unaccompanied minors travel information from Andorran authorities https://www.exteriors.ad/en/travel-to-andorra).
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Andorra.
See the Department of State?s Fact Sheet on Andorra for information on U.S.-Andorra relations.
Travel Embassy and Consulate
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23,
Telephone: + (34) 932-802-227
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: + (34) 915-872-200
Fax: +(34) 932-806-175
For assistance in Andorra, please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, Spain. The U.S. Consulate General provides a full range of services for U.S. citizens, including, but not limited to, emergency and routine passport services, notarial services, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad. The Consulate General also assists U.S. citizens in emergencies, including deaths, arrests, and crisis situations. U.S. citizens must make an online appointment for routine consular services.