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  To apply for passive and active residency now you must have proof of double vaccination..........

Latest COVID news headlines...

From today  01 December 2021 masks are obligatory everywhere once again, inside and out, and night clubs are to close from tonight. The number of  active cases reaches a new high of 1266 as cases spiral ou of control, decribed by the heath authorities as a vertical wall. The intensive care ward  is filling and hospitalisations are rising rapidly. Interior limits of groups/tables are limited again to 6 persons in bars and restaurants, tables back to 1.5m apart and 10 maximum in exterior places, moreover covid passports WILL be obligatory for skiing access with a 4m per person capacity (But a bit unclear what that relates to, logically there will be a lot less accidents !).

From December 1st 2021 only fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter Spain from the UK, so Andorran access from the UK looks like being through France if you do not have the vaccines !

The winter COVID policy for bars and restaurants has been announced and is not good reading... Witin the space of a coupe of weeks Andorra has gone from looking towards a liberal season to becoming one of the most strictest countries against those who have chosen not to be vaccinated. The ski season will press ahead but with a degree of apprehension.

The Government has also announced an "encouragement" for all businesses to work from home for the big holiday week which will start on 3rd December and most likely run until 12th December when over 70,000 vehicles are expected to saturate the road system, in addition to 100% occupancy rates. Incidentally over the Christmas fortnight over 180,000 cars are expected.......

In a nutshell though, currently no extra proof of vaccination or testing is required for actual entry to Andorra from whichever is your country of origin, but be aware of the fluid situation changing almost daily.

Third booster vaccinations are expected to be completed this week for the over 65s, Further timetables for the rest of the population remain to be announced, although it has now been fomally announced that the booster will be available to everyone already registered in the system no sooner than 6 months from the second dose. There is no need to register again you wil be called !!

The covid passport for Andorra residents is now available, see here for the guide.

Please see here for the latest travel restrictions for if your destination is Andorra.

For local vaccinations, the appointment message you receive will refer to a questionnaire which you can complete with them there or do in advance and you can print it from here and if you receive the SMS message calling you for the appointment at Pl. braus d'Andorra, the location is here and there is free parking.

The Government pre-inscription register for the vaccine is still open and you must register if you opt for the vaccination so please follow the link.

The slopes post pandemic
    SO, THIS SEASON DEC 2021 - 2022 ?    

Access to and from Andorra

The only access of course is to arrive via France or Spain. Please note that Andorra does not require any further testing for entry other than what the access country requires ( France or Spain).

For entry via France or Spain you must firstly check the exit requirements from your country of departure to enter France or Spain. You will need to check your departure country's regulations directly and each country is different, I cannot help for links on that.

There is a good interactive update map below which you can then click on France or Spain ( or any country on the globe) and see exactly what the entry requirements are and this is always up to date. Once you have clicked on a country you will see a scroll box to the right and you identify your criteria.

I am not posting an example here as as aways the situation is fluid and the intractive map is the source data.

When you click on this map you will be re-directed to the page which will open in a new window.

The Andorra COVID passport is available

By courtesy of France, Andorra has been allowed to join the EU Covid passport travel scheme. The Andorra EU Covid passport is now available either physically or digitally if you are an Andorran resident and have been vaccinated (two doses) in Andorra and this applies to passive residents alike.

You have two options: –

  • For the physical version you can go to the medical centre in your parish (known as CAP) with your Cass card or residency card and they will print out for you there and then and free of charge your Covid passport. Samples of this are below. If you wish to pick up somebody else's Covid passport then it does appear possible as long as you have a request and authorisation from that person.
  • For the digital version it is a little bit more complicated; you need to go to the Government or the Comú in person and with your passport (not residency/cass card) (except residents of Andorra La Vella, and Ordino (which has a computer glitch)) you must go to the Government (residents of Sant Julia as of 17th August 2021 can apply at the Comú). You must request an E signature and this takes seven days to process, after which you will receive an activation email.  Please note that the application at La Massana Comu ( For La Massana residents) is virtually instantaneous and it appears that the Government tramits route is indeed taking 7 days at least. This E signature is far wider than just for Covid but it is required in order to activate the app. The app in question is called ANDORRA SALUT and can be downloaded from Google play and the iPhone App Store although for the latter it only appears available on the Spanish App Store as far as I am aware at this stage.. There have been reported some difficulties in downloading and installing this app and without the E signature it will in any case be useless for travel. If you cannot download the app as you (for example) are on the UK  App store then either set up a Spanish App store account to download it or you can use the official French app Tousanticovid and take a photo of your physical passport QR code, this will allow you to have the digital version on your phone similar to the Andorra App.

If any reader has any further feedback for news then please do let me know and I will post it here for everyone's benefit.

Leaving Andorra - Travel requirements

No tests are required for entering France or Spain from Andorra. Depending on your country of destination you may require a PCR test in Andorra since the results are next day only. That can be arranged in Andorra and emailed to you after entry to Spain or France if you are travelling from those countries. Certain countries such as the UK require you to have pre-booked tests before arrival and a period of quarantine. Andorra is on the amber list for UK returnees.

So check the entry requirements by using the interactive map above for your destination. Check your airline or ferry requirements, and whether there are any latest transit restrictions across France or Spain (currently lifted).

That is about it, have a safe trip!!
Daily Figures for Andorra

The figures will continue to be updated as below as the virus continues to affect Andorra.

Latest Figures for Andorra - 01/12/2021

With no new cases since June 18th 2020 Andorra was......  sadly though as from 13/07/2020 this nas no longer been the case....

Total cases recorded in Andorra - 17,426 (+241) (from yesterday)
Total cases recovered -16,029 (+74)
Total active cases -  1,266 (+167)
Total deaths recorded  - 131 (+/-0)
Total patients in hospital in the COVID ward- 15 (-3) of whom 5 (-1) are in intensive care and 4 (+2) are on ventilators. 7 more infected are in the covid ward at  El Cedre rest home.

With world wide daily figures still stubbornly high and now rising in many regions, especialy Europe please see link for global figures below.....

Andorra active cases and charts

Global Statistics....

Since global statistics are going ballistic in some parts of the world with a resurgence in those countries who announced they had beaten the virus, best to keep an eye on things ...
Stay safe.....

One more reminder to use the interactive map link by clicking on the map below then choose the country to which you are travelling for all the updates on restrictions..
Global travel restrictions

Historical events of the pandemic and how it all unfolded:-

Andorra was hit hard initially, responded impeccably, underwent unique population screening but has been squeezed between two countries whose routes out of the lockdown were never synced.
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