Andorra Basics

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The Basics


Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2, Apr - Oct)

Electricity: Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round pin attachment plugs and Shuko plugs and receptacles with side grounding contacts are in use.

Money: The unit of currency in Andorra is the Euro, divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change. Most major credit cards are accepted and ATMs are widely available.

Currency Exchange Rates

EUR1.00 = USD 1.10GBP 0.90CAD 1.46AUD 1.63ZAR 16.65EUR 1.00NZD 1.74
Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: The official language of Andorra is Catalan, which is used in administration and business. More than half the population speaks Spanish, and French and Portuguese are also spoken.

Entry requirements for Americans: United States citizens need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirements of France or Spain must be met.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: British nationals need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirements of France or Spain must be met.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirements of France or Spain must be met.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australians need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirements of France or Spain must be met.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirements of France or Spain must be met.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand nationals need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirements of France or Spain must be met.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirements of France or Spain must be met.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors must have a valid passport with a recommended validity of at least six months past the date of departure from Andorra. The passport must have one unused page for visa issuance. Although there are no visa requirements for Andorra, travellers must have the relevant documentation for either France or Spain, depending on which country will be transited to reach Andorra, and should apply to the relevant embassy in their home country. Visitors must also hold onward tickets, all other documents required for next destination, and sufficient funds.

Getting around: The nearest airport to Andorra is the small La Seu d'Urgell Airport, found around 7 miles (12km) from the principality. Spain's El Prat Barcelona Airport is located 140 miles (225km) away from Andorra. The roads in Andorra are in good condition and as it is a small country, it is relatively easy to negotiate by car. The principal road runs through Andorra from the Spanish to the French borders. However, many roads are windy and subject to closure in winter. Buses and minibuses link the various towns and villages, and there are daily buses from Barcelona and Toulouse. Roads can get crowded and traffic is usually somewhat chaotic, especially during peak holiday season.

Travel Health: There are no health risks associated with travel to Andorra, but it is recommended that travellers are up to date with routine immunisations. Medical care in Andorra and neighbouring Spain and France is excellent, but can be expensive and medical insurance is advised.

Tipping: Tipping is not expected in Andorra. However, one can round off to the nearest euro for waiters and taxi drivers.

Safety Information: There are no risks associated with travel to Andorra, but travellers should always be vigilant and not display valuables.

Local Customs: Andorrans tend to be friendly and courteous. Smoking is common, although restrictions have been placed in neighbouring Spain.

Business: Catalan is the official language of Andorra, although Spanish is widely spoken. A small minority speak French, and English is minimal. It is best to ascertain before meetings which language will be used. Punctuality is important, handshakes are the norm on greeting, and business attire should be smart and formal.

Communications: The international access code for Andorra is +376. City/area codes are in use. Andorra is well covered by a GSM 900 network and most international mobile companies offer roaming agreements. internet cafes are widely available.

Duty Free: Visitors may exit Andorra without paying duty on the following items: 3 litres of alcohol not exceeding 22 percent volume; 300 cigarettes or 75 cigars; 75 grams of perfume. Certain agricultural products as well as tea and coffee are restricted, it is best to clarify these allowances before travelling through customs.