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Latest travel advice for Andorra including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health

2014-03-10T11:14:56+00:00: Latest update: This advice has been reviewed and reissued without amendment

Around 30,000 British nationals visit Andorra every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Andorra. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See Health

If you are visiting a ski resort, take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel. See Winter Sports.

Drinking alcohol in low temperatures and high altitude will have a greater impact on you and can be dangerous or even fatal.

If you need consular assistance in Andorra, you should contact the British Consulate General in Barcelona. See Consular assistance.

Safety and security

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.

Road travel

Driving is on the right in Andorra (opposite to the UK). It is a legal requirement for motorists travelling to or transiting Andorra to carry two red warning triangles to be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle. 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 are 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 at the following websites:

http://www.avalanches.org
http://www.ski.andorra.com
http://www.goski.com/

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

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

Tel: 902 109 356 (if calling from within Spain) Tel: (+34) 91 334 2194 (International/alternative number)

Info.Consulate@fco.gov.uk

Terrorism

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks, although unlikely, could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

Local laws and customs

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

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

Andorra is not 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.

Entry requirements

Visas

British nationals do not need a visa to visit Andorra.

If you wish to stay for longer than three months you must apply for a work or residence permit through the local immigration services.

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.

Health

Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.

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 are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Contact FCO Travel Advice Team

If you have a question about this travel advice, you can email the FCO Travel Advice Team:

Want to know whether your passport’s valid for travel? Don’t send an email - you can get this info now in the entry requirements section of this travel advice

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