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Practical information Andorra

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Andorra : Travel Information before you go!

Area

181 sq mi

Flights

Approximately 1 hr 15 mins. Andorra la Vella is 625 mi from London.

Population

71,822

Airports

Andorra has no airport. The closest airport is located in Toulouse, 116 miles north. If you prefer to travel in that way, plan for a 3 hour drive. Another possibility is Barcelona airport, 125 miles south-east. The time for this transfer is slightly faster, approximately two and a half hours. In both cases, private autocar companies offer transport services to Andorra la Vella. There are several departures a day, but take in mind that their working hours do not necessarily correspond to the hour of your flight arrival. It is a good idea to rent a car just to make sure you do not lose any time.

Security

Violence and crime : In the Principality of Andorra you should not be worried about security problems.
Useful phone numbers:Police, in emergency: 110
Police Bureau (376) 82 12 12
Consular Section (376) 73 67 30
Embassy (376) 73 67 00

Languages

Catalan (official language) and French.

Required travel documents for

There are no visa requirements for entry into Andorra for stays of up to three months for British citizens. A national identity card or passport is sufficient to enter the country.

Religion

The majority of the population are Roman Catholic.

Currency

The currency used is the euro. Cheques are not usually accepted, but most international bank cards (Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard, American Express, etc.) are. The banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Local transportation

Taxi services ensure links from Barcelona (5 times a day) and Toulouse (twice a week).
Trains coming from Paris, Toulouse or Perpignan stop at the stations of Ax-les-thermes, Hospitalet or the Tower of Carol (followed by a bus).
You can also rent a car on site with Hertz (Andorra la Vella
9-11 avenue Meritxell
Telephone: 820414) and Avis (Andorra la Vella
142 avenue d'Enclar
Telephone: 871855).
Andorra has a bus company, which ensures the internal bus connections among the parishes and the ski resorts (in winter). The service operates from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Health

No vaccines are required. For UK citizens, most health costs are covered by reciprocal health agreements but additional insurance is advised.

Electricity

125/220 V. European conventions.

Tourist numbers

In 2004, a total of 11,668,460 people visited Andorra.

Taxes and tips

Tax-free life is one of Andorra' s main attractions. Tips are at your own discretion.

Telephone

To call Andorra from the UK: dial 00 + 376 + all 6 digitals of the number.

To call the UK from Andorra: dial 00 + 44 + the number of your corresponding number without the initial zero.

Andorra : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Embassy of Andorra
63 Westover Road
Wandsworth
London
SW18 2RF
Tel: 020 8874 4806

Andorra Tourist Office
63 Westover Road
London
SW18 2RF
Tel: 020 8874 4806

At the destination

British Consulate of Andorra
Avinguda Sant Antoni
23. Cal Sastre Vell
1r. AD 400 La Massana
Tel: + (376) 839840/(376) 736 700
Fax: + (376) 839840/(376) 736 701

Initiative Trade Union
Carrer Doctor-Vilanova
Andorra la Vella
Tel: (00 376) 820 214

Union of Hoteliers in Andorra
Antic Carrer Major 16
Andorra la Vella
Tel: (00 376) 820 602
www.turismeandorra.com