Information & Facts
Catalan is the official language of Andorra, although Spanish is
widely spoken. A small minority speak French and English is
minimal. It is best to ascertain before meetings which language
will be used. Punctuality is important, handshakes are the norm on
greeting, and business attire should be smart and formal.
Andorra's climate is typical of mountainous areas, with cold
winters and mild summers. The climate is dry, with a large number
of sunny days. Autumn experiences the highest rainfall, while
winter gets plenty of snow, guaranteeing excellent skiing
conditions and drawing in the crowds to the various ski resorts.
The average temperature range is between 28ºF (-2ºC) and 75ºF
The international access code for Andorra is +376. The outgoing
code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for
the United Kingdom). City/area codes are not in use. Andorra is
well covered by a GSM 900 network and most international mobile
companies offer roaming agreements. Internet cafes are widely
Andorrans tend to be friendly and courteous. Smoking is common,
although restrictions have been placed in neighbouring Spain.
Andorra is a duty free zone and therefore there are no
restrictions. However, regulations of either France or Spain must
be adhered to when leaving from either of those countries.
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round pin
attachment plugs and Shuko plugs and receptacles with side
grounding contacts are in use.
There are no airports in Andorra, but the nearest airport is
Spain's El Prat Barcelona Airport (BCN), located 140 miles (225km)
from the Principality. The roads in Andorra are in good condition
and as it is a small country, it is relatively easy to negotiate by
car. The principal road runs through Andorra from the Spanish to
the French borders. Roads are, however, fairly windy and are
subject to closure in winter. Buses and minibuses link the various
towns and villages, and there are daily buses from Barcelona and
Toulouse, France. Roads can get crowded and traffic is usually
somewhat chaotic, especially during peak holiday season.
There are no health risks associated with travel to Andorra, but
it is recommended that travellers are up to date with routine
immunisations. Medical care in Andorra and neighbouring Spain and
France is excellent, but can be expensive and medical insurance is
The official language of Andorra is Catalan (used in
administration and business). More than half the population speaks
Spanish, and French and Portuguese are also spoken.
The unit of currency in Andorra is the Euro, divided into 100
cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change and
to avoid additional charges it is best to have travellers cheques
in Euros. Most major credit cards are accepted, including
Eurocheque cards and ATMs are widely available in Andorra La
Although there are no visa requirements for Andorra, travellers
must have the relevant documentation for either France or Spain,
depending on which country will be transited to reach Andorra, and
should apply to the relevant embassy in their home country.
Visitors must also hold onward tickets, all other documents
required for next destination and sufficient funds.
There are no risks associated with travel to Andorra, but
travellers should always be vigilant and not display valuables.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last
Sunday in October).
A 10% service charge is usually included on restaurant bills in
Andorra and anything extra is for exceptional service.