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Andorra - Take normal security precautions
Take normal security precautions in Andorra.
Safety and security
Safety and security
The crime rate is low. Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities and there is a potential for other violent incidents, which could target areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Continue to exercise normal security precautions.
Terrorist attacks could occur at any time.
Targets could include:
- government buildings, including schools
- places of worship
- airports and other transportation hubs and networks
- public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners
Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.
There are no major highways. Narrow, winding mountain roads pose risks year-round and may be impassable in winter.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Andorran authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Andorra is landlocked and doesn’t have an airport. You must enter Andorra through France or Spain. You will be required to meet entry/exit requirements for France or Spain, as well as any Schengen area visa requirements.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for the period of intended stay in Andorra. Ensure your passport and other travel documents are also valid for entry and re-entry into the country through which you wish to transit.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
Tourist visa: not required
Business visa: not required
Student visa: not required for stays up to 90 days
Andorra is not a member of the Schengen area. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area and are planning to travel to Andorra, ensure you are in possession of a multiple-entry visa. Holders of a single-entry visa will face delays and may be refused re-entry when trying to return to France or Spain.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
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Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world.
Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in Southern Europe, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southern Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in Southern Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Good medical care is widely available.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Canada and Andorra are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Andorra to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Andorran authorities.
Andorran authorities practice zero tolerance with respect to possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs, and the penalties are strict. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Andorra.
If local authorities consider you a citizen of Andorra, they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services. This will prevent us from providing you with those services.
An International Driving Permit is recommended.
Seat belt use is mandatory. The use of car seats for infants and children under the age of 10 who are less than 1.5 m tall is mandatory. Children under 10 years of age are not allowed to sit in the front passenger seat of a car.
The use of cellphones while driving is prohibited, unless the phone is fitted with a hands-free device.
Vehicles must be equipped for emergency situations with:
- two red warning triangles that you must place in front of and behind the vehicle in case of accident or breakdown,
- a reflective jacket that you must wear when leaving a vehicle that is stranded or involved in a highway accident, and
- a spare tire and full set of spare light bulbs, plus the tools to change them.
Drivers who fail to comply with these laws may be subject to on-the-spot fines.
Penalties for drinking and driving are strict. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines or jail and could have their driver’s licence confiscated immediately.
Andorra is not a member of the European Union. Purchases of duty-free tobacco, liquor and luxury goods are subject to taxes and duties when re-entering EU countries. France and Spain apply strict rules on the amount of tobacco imported from Andorra for personal use. Contact the Embassy of the Principality of Andorra in New York, New York, for specific information regarding customs requirements.
The currency of Andorra is the euro (EUR).
If you are carrying more than €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs upon your entry or exit to the European Union. The sum can be in cash, cheque, money order, traveller’s cheque or any other convertible asset. This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.
More information about cash controls - European Commission
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
The weather in mountainous areas is highly unpredictable and avalanches present a risk.
If you are planning on mountaineering or a skiing holiday, stay up to date on weather and safety conditions.
Information about mountain conditions - Sky Andorra
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 110
- medical emergencies: 116
- firefighters: 118
- emergencies: 112
There is no Canadian government office in Andorra. You can obtain consular assistance from the Embassy of Canada to Spain in Madrid.
Madrid - Embassy of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the embassy of Canada in Madrid, Spain and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services.
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