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Andorra Country Guide

  1. Country Facts
  2. Health
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  1. Intro
  2. Geography
  3. People
  4. Travel
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  6. Finance
  7. Cities/Regions

Quick Facts

Region: Europe
Full Name: Principality of Andorra
Capital City: Andorra la Vella
Language Spoken: Catalan (official), Spanish, French, Portuguese

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Geographic data

42 30 N, 1 30 E

Elevation Extremes

lowest point: Riu Runer 840 m highest point: Coma Pedrosa 2,946 m

Land boundaries

Total: 120.3 km border countries: France 56.6 km, Spain 63.7 km

Natural hazards

Avalanches

Natural resources

Hydropower, mineral water, timber, iron ore, lead

Land use

Arable land: 2.13% permanent crops: 0% other: 97.87% (2005)

Environmental current issues

Deforestation; overgrazing of mountain meadows contributes to soil erosion; air pollution; wastewater treatment and solid waste disposal

Climate

Temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters. Rain falls throughout the year. Required clothing Lightweights for the summer and warm mediumweights during winter. Waterproofing is advisable throughout the year.

Time difference

Time difference: UTC+1 daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October

Population

85, 458 (2014 estimate)

Age structure

0-14 years: 14.7% (male 5,456/female 4,994) 15-64 years: 71.4% (male 26,632/female 24,172) 65 years and over: 14% (male 4,918/female 5,029) (2006 est.)

Median age

Total: 40.9 years male: 41.2 years female: 40.7 years (2006 est.)

Population growth rate

0.89% (2006 est.)

Birth rate

8.71 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Death rate

6.25 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Net migration rate

6.47 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Sex ratio

At birth: 1.07 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.09 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.1 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.98 male(s)/female total population: 1.08 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Total population: 83.51 years male: 80.61 years female: 86.61 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate

1.3 children born/woman (2006 est.)

Business Practices

Business meetings of all kinds are invariably formal in Andorra. Suits are recommended at all times with white shirt, tie and black shoes. Prior appointments are necessary. Punctuality is important. Handshaking is the accepted form of greeting. Lunch is usually mid-afternoon and can extend through the afternoon. Although English is widely spoken, knowledge of Spanish or French is appreciated. Office hours are generally between 0900 and 1300 and again from 1500 and 1700, however, these vary considerably.

Crime

Andorra has a very low crime rate and violent crime is extremely rare.

Hotels

There are over 200 hotels, including at least 20 business and international class hotels. Most other hotels principally cater to summer month tourists, although some stay open all year round.

Communications

Telephone service is generally European standard and full telephone IDD service is available throughout the country. The country code is 376 and the outgoing international code is 0. Internal mail services are widely available and often free of charge at hotels and cafes.

Electricity

is Sockets 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Lighting is a 125 volts AC. Electricity Sockets: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Lighting: 125 volts AC.

Plug Types

C,F

Food And Dining

Cuisine is mainly Catalan, and generally expensive. Quality and prices in restaurants are similar to those in small French and Spanish resort towns. Things to know: Alcoholic drinks bought in shops and supermarkets are cheap (Andorra is a duty free zone), but prices in bars can be high. They do, however, stay open late.

National specialties:
? Coques (flavored flat cakes).
? Trinxat (a potato and cabbage dish).
? Truites de carreroles (a type of mushroom omelette).
? Local sausages and cheese.
? A variety of pork and ham dishes.

Tipping:
Service charges are usually included in the bill. Porters and waiters expect a further 10 per cent.

Nightlife
Andorra's many bars and hotels provide a variety of evening entertainment. Clubs are open during both summer and winter.

Entry departure requirements

Visa immigration information

Passports

Valid passport required by all except:
1. nationals of France and Spain, providing they hold a valid national ID card.

Visas

2. There are no visa requirements for entry into Andorra; however, the relevant regulations for France or Spain should be followed, depending on which country is transited to reach Andorra. Visitors wishing to have their passport stamped with the Andorran coat of arms should apply to the Sindicat d'Initiativa in the capital.

Validity

Stays of up to three months are allowed without a visa.

Temporary residence

Apply in person at the Immigration Office, Carrer de les Boigues-Escaldes-Engordany.

HIV entry requirements

No Test Required

Departure tax

Embassies

Embassy of the Principality of Andorra in the UK

63 Westover Road, London SW18 2RF, UK
Tel: (020) 8874 4806.
Website: http://visitandorra.com/en
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 0900-1700 (by appointment only).
This office also provides tourist information.

Permanent Mission of the Principality of Andorra to the United Nations

2 United Nations Plaza, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: (212) 750 8064.
Website: http://visitandorra.com/en

Travel Advice

Most visits to Andorra are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organizations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tel: (0845) 850 2829.
Website: www.fco.gov.uk

US Department of State

Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html

Currency

Although most currencies are accepted, the main currency in circulation is the Euro. See the France or Spain section for further details of exchange rates. Single European currency (Euro) The Euro is now the official currency of 12 EU member states (including France and Spain). The first Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 2002 and completely replaced the French Franc on 17 February 2002, and the Spanish Peseta on 28 February 2002. Euro (?) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of ?500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of ?2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions when entering or exiting the country, but French and Spanish authorities may carry out formalities on departure.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1300 and 1500-1700, Sat 0900-1200.

Currency exchange

Andorran banks and bureaux de change will exchange foreign currency.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted, as well as Eurocheque cards. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travellers cheques

To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling and US Dollars.

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  1. Health Information
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Dental care

A High standard of dental care is available in Andorra

Medication Availability

Medications are widely available and all pharmacists are licensed

Blood supplies

Blood supplies are considered safe and obtained from volunteer donors and is screened to international standards

Medical facilities

 

General caution

Recent medical and dental exams should ensure that the traveler is in good health. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if necessary.

Specific concerns

Hikers should take protective measures against ticks.

Immunization

All routine vaccines (such as DTP or Td, Hib, MMR, polio, varicella, influenza and pneumococcal) should be kept up-to-date as a matter of good health practice unrelated to travel.

Disease risk summary

Health standards and conditions are generally good. High levels of immunization coverage have reduced the incidence of diseases such as measles and diphtheria. Influenza risk extends from November to April. Rabies occurs in wild animals. Lyme disease occurs.

Entry requirements

None.

Recent disease outbreaks

No recent disease outbreaks

NameAddress
Hospital de MeritxellAv Fiter i Rosell, 1-13 Escaldes Andorra la Vella AD 700

Media

The Andorran media scene has been partly shaped by the country's proximity to France and Spain. Andorrans have access to broadcasts from both countries, and for many years Andorra was home to Sud Radio, a powerful radio station broadcasting to southwest France. The constitution provides for freedom of speech and of the press.
Press Andorra has two daily newspapers, the Diari d'Andorra and El Periodic.
TV TVA is operated by Radio i Televisio d'Andorra.
Radio: Nacional d'Andorra operates Radio Andorra and music station Andorra Musica; Radio Valira and Andorra 1 are commercial stations.

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