Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
We advise you to take normal precautions.
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in Madrid.
We suggest you learn as much as you can about Andorra before your trip from travel agents, tour operators and guide books. The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems when you’re in Andorra, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
Specific emergency numbers are:
- Ambulance/Fire Brigade 118
- Police 110
- Mountain Rescue 112
- Medical Emergency Service 116
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Andorra is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Andorra but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Andorra, report it to the local police immediately. The number for the police in Andorra is 110. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Madrid if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Andorra, you should take normal precautions and remember when driving in Andorra, you drive on the right-hand side. If you want to drive:
- Bring your full and international driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Andorra has stricter drink-driving laws than most European Union countries. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local laws and customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs , traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug), carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
It's illegal to consume alcohol in public in Andorra and there is a penalty of €300.
Andorra isin't a member of the European Union and if you buy duty-free tobacco, liquor and luxury goods, you'll have to pay taxes and duties on them when you re-enter European Union countries.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Andorra.
Your passport must be valid for the planned period of your stay. You should take a number of photocopies of your passport with you and during your stay, and carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
Natural disasters and climate
If you’re travelling to Andorra, make sure you know what to expect – then plan and pack so that you’re prepared. Co-operate with local authorities and emergency services in the case of serious incidents
If you’re going to a ski resort, take advice on weather and avalanche conditions before you travel and throughout your visit (see: www.avalanches.org).
Be alert to the risk of avalanches and always follow the safety instructions issued by the authorities at ski resorts.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
More travel advice
Because we don’t have an Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, we can’t give you up-to-date travel advice.
But you can visit these foreign ministries for more detailed information:
- UK: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
- New Zealand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- USA: Department of State