- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Ireland is implementing the new EU ‘traffic lights’ approach to travel, which applies to countries in the EU / EEA. Our current advice for travel to these countries is ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Our general advice for any other overseas travel remains ‘avoid non-essential travel’ or in some cases, ‘do not travel’.
Our TravelWise app has been suspended while we move to implement the new EU system. We apologise for this inconvenience. Updated information will continue to be provided on this website.
On 13 October, Member States adopted the EU Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel restrictions in the context of COVID-19. This ‘traffic lights’ approach provides for regions across the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) to be categorised as green, orange, red or grey, on the basis of the risk levels associated with COVID-19. A combined indicator map will be published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), based on agreed criteria, including the 14-day cumulative incidence rate, testing rate and testing positivity rates.
In line with the EU Recommendation, there will be no entry restrictions on passengers travelling from green regions. Each Member State will decide what entry restrictions it will apply to passengers travelling from red, orange and grey regions.
Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form before entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Further information about current requirements for entry to Ireland is available on the Irish Government website and the HSE website.
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas, other than to countries that are part of the EU ‘traffic lights’ approach, where the advice is to exercise a high degree of caution. Everyone is asked to comply with restrictions within Ireland, including those under the National Framework for Living with COVID-19. These are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government. The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly around the world. Citizens who are considering any overseas travel are advised to carefully monitor the official advice and information from the public authorities in their destination.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in the destination to which you are travelling. Information about entry restrictions currently applied by other countries is available on the country-specific travel advice pages. Additional restrictions may be imposed, including during the duration of your visit. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time. Any Irish citizen considering any overseas travel should monitor news and information from the public authorities in their country or region of destination. Citizens are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc.
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. They are also advised to register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Where to go for further travel information:
- DFA Travel Advice for over 200 countries
- Follow us on Twitter
- Register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate
- Check Embassy websites and Twitter accounts
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020
Local Measures to Combat COVID 19
The Andorran authorities have introduced a number of measures in response to the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
These measures, include restrictions for leisure, cultural and sports centres as well as ski resorts. The use of face masks in certain locations, including public spaces, such as bars, restaurants and shops, is also compulsory.
Public transport is also operating at a reduced capacity to allow providers adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Persons arriving in Andorra from countries other than those of the European Union or from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, the United Kingdom, San Marino, Switzerland and the Holy See, may be required to self-quarantine for 15 days, if they cannot present a negative PCR test. Further information (in Catalan) can be found on the website of the Andorran Authorities.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Mozambique.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
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
Safety and security
There is a general threat from terrorism in Europe, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates. However, the threat in Andorra is considered to be low. In the event of any security incident, you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
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 or your passport card (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public. Check that no one can see you enter your PIN or the transaction amount, and no one has has followed you after conducting your business.
- 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 to drive on the right-hand side, the opposite to Ireland. If you want to drive:
- Bring your full and international driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- If you are hiring a vehicle, make sure that you have all the documentation to present to police, in case required.
- 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.
- If you need to leave your vehicle as the result of a breakdown or accident, you must wear a reflective jacket. Failure to do so can result in a fine.
- Drivers must carry two red warning triangles to place in front of and behind the vehicle in the event of an accident or breakdown.
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
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 isn'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. If you’re planning on skiing or taking part in other winter or adventure sports, ensure that your insurance policy provides appropriate cover.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Andorra.
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. activities such as skiing or other winter or adventure 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
As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Andorra, assistance is provided through the Embassy of Ireland, Madrid.
Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, you should call the main Embassy number, +34 91 4364093, and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox.
This mailbox is monitored regularly.
Embassy of Ireland
Paseo de la Castellana 46-4
Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm
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.