Traveling Luck for Andorra

Andorra is located in Southwestern Europe, between France and Spain.

Andorra has borders with Spain for 63.700000000000003km and France for 56.600000000000001km.

Land in Andorra is rugged mountains dissected by narrow valleys.

Andorran land covers an area of 468 square kilometers which is 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

As for the Andorran climate; temperate; snowy, cold winters and warm, dry summers.

Andorran(s) speak Catalan (official), French, Castilian, Portuguese.

Andorran National Map

Andorran Map

Regions of Andorra

For 715 years, from 1278 to 1993, Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality, ruled by French and Spanish leaders (from 1607 onward, the French chief of state and the Spanish bishop of Urgel). In 1993, this feudal system was modified with the titular heads of state retained, but the government transformed into a parliamentary democracy. Long isolated and impoverished, mountainous Andorra achieved considerable prosperity since World War II through its tourist industry. Many immigrants (legal and illegal) are attracted to the thriving economy with its lack of income taxes.


Andorra Country Profile

Tourism, the mainstay of Andorra's tiny, well-to-do economy, accounts for more than 80% of GDP. An estimated 11.6 million tourists visit annually, attracted by Andorra's duty-free status and by its summer and winter resorts. Andorra's comparative advantage has recently eroded as the economies of neighboring France and Spain have been opened up, providing broader availability of goods and lower tariffs. The banking sector, with its partial "tax haven" status, also contributes substantially to the economy. Agricultural production is limited - only 2% of the land is arable - and most food has to be imported. The principal livestock activity is sheep raising. Manufacturing output consists mainly of cigarettes, cigars, and furniture. Andorra is a member of the EU Customs Union and is treated as an EU member for trade in manufactured goods (no tariffs) and as a non-EU member for agricultural products.

Andorran natural resources include hydropower, mineral water, timber, iron ore, lead

landlocked; straddles a number of important crossroads in the Pyrenees

Andorran religion is Roman Catholic (predominant).

Natural hazards in Andorra include avalanches.

Travel Advice on Andorra

Andorra

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Summary.  The overall level of the advice has not changed.

SUMMARY

  • Andorra shares with the rest of Europe a threat from international terrorism.  Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets.

  • Andorra is not a Member of the European Union and therefore EU reciprocal medical arrangements do not apply.

  • Around 120,000 British nationals visit Andorra every year.  Most visits are trouble-free.  The main type of incident for which British Nationals require Consular Assistance in Andorra is for hospitalisation and Winter Sport associated incidents.

  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.  Please see:  Travel Insurance.

  • Visitors to ski resorts should take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before they travel and throughout their visit, please see :  http://www.goski.com/andorra.htm and http://www.avalanches.org.


SAFETY AND SECURITY

Terrorism
Andorra shares with the rest of Europe a threat from international terrorism.  Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets.  Please read the Security and General Tips and Risk of Terrorism when Travelling Overseas pages on the FCO website for further information and advice.
Crime
Street crime is almost unknown.  However, you should take the usual precautions of taking care of passports and money.
Political Situation
Country Profile: Andorra


LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS

Andorra has strict rules on the possession and use of illegal drugs and applies zero tolerance.
Andorra is not a member of the European Union and purchases of 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 (300 cigarettes/400gms pipe tobacco/75 cigars).  Amounts in excess of this can be impounded as can the vehicle in which they are transported.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

British nationals do not need a visa to visit Andorra, but you will need a valid passport to enter.
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.


HEALTH

It is essential that you have comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover.  The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which has now replaced the E111 form, does not provide health cover in Andorra.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.  Please see:  Travel Insurance.


GENERAL

If things go wrong when overseas, please see:  What We Can Do To Help.
If you are planning a skiing holiday it is advisable to contact the Andorran Embassy for advice on safety and weather conditions before travelling.  They can be contacted at:
63 Westover Road
London, SW18 2RF
Tel:  0208 874 4806
Fax:  0208 874 4902
Or www.andorraonline.ad

You should be aware that off-piste skiing is highly dangerous.  All safety instructions should be followed meticulously given the dangers of avalanches in some areas.  Further information can be found at the following websites:
http://www.goski.com/andorra.htm
http://www.avalanches.org
http://www.ski.andorra.com
You should be aware that, on rare occasions, the consumption of alcohol combined with low temperatures and high altitude can be fatal.

There is an Honorary British Consulate in Andorra, under the supervision of the British Consulate - General, Barcelona.
Address:  British Consulate-General
Edifico Torre de Barcelona
Avienda Diagonal 477 - 13
08036 Barcelona
Telephone:  (34) 933 666 200
Facsimile:  (34) 933 666 221