Latest COVID news headlines...
The Government has been promised a first tranche of Oxford Astrazeneca of 4,000 doses tomorrow followed by 4,000 at the end of the month and up to 30,000 allocated to Andorra arriving courtesy of the French health system who is being very careful that the percentage is proportionate and that Andorra must be an equal to France. This vaccine in the latest statistics is superior to Pfizer in preventing death and hospitalisation and is safe for all ages regardless of the EU attempts to negate that. Also on Monday will arrive another 5,800 doses of Pfizer with periodic deliveries also up to the 30,000 on order to Andorra. Moderna vaccine was expected to be delivered ( even before the Oxford vaccine) but there are now delays in that.
The Government pre-inscription register for the vaccine is open and you must register so please follow the link.
Andorra's vaccination program per 100 population comes in at 2.8, rather poor in spite of Government assurances that a significant tranche of vaccines is heading our way. By comparison Gibraltar is ahead of the world at 87 persons per 100 vaccinated, just ahead of Israel at 81.3. Spain is 6.28 and France 5.6 and the UK at 27.2. It is unfortunate that Andorra decided to place their orders with the EU!
The Government has decided not to open the ski resorts for non residents given the state of restrictions in the neighbouring countries, but let's have a cynical look at this.....
The border with Spain is open for travel only to and from Alt Urgell. The confinement in Catalunya also has been relaxed from municipal to comarcal confinement at least until 7th March but for essential travel only. This relaxation does not allow freedom of movement from Alt Urgell, the same essential reasons apply. France requires a PCR or TMA test taken at least 72 hours before entry by either land, sea or air border together with proof of essential travel. However for visits now to and from France/Andorra for less than 24 hours duration NO tests are required for access.
Meanwhile children's parks and playgrounds have opened again but further social or workplace restrictions will remain while the hospital numbers remain high.
The latest for air travel into Spain from UK is that unless you are a resident of Spain or Andorra you will NOT be allowed to check in. Evidence of a Notary or Immigration appointment for residency is not enough at least for British Airways to risk a fine letting you on the flight. The golden rule is that if you can get into Spain or France then you should be OK to get to and into Andorra.
Ski resorts will remain closed in France until further notice, or until the snow melts with estimated losses in France of 1,800 million euros for the season.
Persons arriving from UK into Andorra now have extra entry protocols to avoid the spread of the more infectious strain not yet detected in Andorra. All require a negative PCR test (as required for entry into the EU) but also now they must be actively monitored and repeat a TMA test in 5 and 10 days of arrival and submit to a rapid antigen test (can be self administered and purchased in any farmacy) every 2 days during that period. How that is to be enforced or monitored is not clear but once again common sense should be adhered to.
Access to and from France and Andorra
France extends state of energency powers to 1st June 2021 to allow restrictions as required around the country. For UK nationals who are not residents of Spain or Andorra the entry ban is extended to 7th March 2021 together with Nationals of Brazil and South Africa.
The border is now open but there is a night time curfew for essential travel only between 1800h and 0600h. This essential travel may include transit to Andorra if you are applying for residency depending on circumstances, it really depends wo you are talking to and may require repeat attempts with various official documents. The key clause on the certificate you need to complete is " Compelling professional reason that cannot be postponed (specify: ); " In a nutshell you need the person who stops you on exit from your country and entry toFrance to agree that a residency application/company formation etc in Andorra together with as many appointment confirmations, Notary appointments etc is a professional reason.... Good Luck !! See para below for links.
To enter France please see these guidelines that are updated regularly. A Covid test result (PCR or TMA only) or tests before departure and within the last 72 hours are in ALL cases required and you may be required to carry with you at all times the forms you need to download from the link above.
Access to and from Spain and Andorra
Until 07/03/2021 entry movements are still restricted to essential reasons. There is also a nightime and comarcal curfew restriction if you are travelling in Spain in these hours, it is "advisable" to carry with you the form completed and signed before you travel. You must also carry proof of the justification that you have given.
These forms cannot be completed online due to the post code in Andorra not being accepted
For travellers to Andorra who have arrived by air and entered Spain then there are no restrictions for you to transit to Andorra (except that you will have had to show a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours before you boarded your flight), best to have with you proof of destination in some form ( Hotel booking, appointment, anything that looks official). I have still had NO problems reported in this second confinement about entering or leaving Andorra, so the border is considered to be open for business, making sure you have a Schengen multiple entry visa if that is required for your entry to the EU.
Access to enter or transit the EU to reach Andorra
The EU external borders are open to some countries, to find out global restrictions from each country, whether as a destination or departure please click on the map which will open in a new window so you can search entry and exit requirements. Please note that you MUST have a valid negative covid test done within 72 hours of arrival from a list of countries otherwise you may face a 6,000 euro fine. Most likely this will be required by the airline at checkin, but be warned.
Daily Figures for Andorra
The figures will continue to be updated as below as the virus continues to affect Andorra.
Latest Figures for Andorra - 03/03/2021
With no new cases since June 18th Andorra was...... sadly though as from 13/07/2020 this is no longer the case....
Total cases recorded in Andorra - 10,948 (+40) (since yesterday)
Total cases recovered -10,560 (+4)
Total active cases - 276 (+34)
Total deaths recorded - 112 (+2)
Total patients in hospital in the COVID ward- 17 (-2) of whom 7 (+/-0) are in intensive care 6 (+/-0) are on a ventilator.
The RHO/RH/Rt rate for Andorra however is now 0,95.
With world wide figures hitting a new daily high at over seven hundred thousand new cases, please see link for global figures below.....
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 ...
Use the interactive map link by clicking on the map below then choose the country from which and to which you are travelling for all the updates on 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.