Latest COVID news headlines...
The cap de Govern today lay the door firmly open to proof of double vaccinations for entry to restaurants, bars and place of entertainment in Andorra. The autumn/early winter evolution of the virus will be closely watched, as concern is high for what would be a sixth wave in Andorra for the autumn. And after the manic summer holiday season, if the ski resorts do fully open as anticipated it is going to be one very, very busy season. This brings on the question "what happens if you get flu and covid together?"
There are once again since July 2021 zero patients in hospital as numbers of infected continue to decrease. The Government is maintaining current restrictions and masks as a precaution as winter once again approaches.
Vulnerable persons are now being offered a third jab, this relates at the moment to care homes but it is clear as we move out of summer that third booster jabs will become not only the norm for us all for the autumn but also probably for future travel requirements.
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.
Access to and from Andorra
The only access of course is to arrive via France and 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. You will need to check your departure country's regulations directly and each country is different, I cannot help for links on that.
For entry to France the requirements are again dependent on your country of departure. 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 France 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. In general now 2 vaccinations at least 14 days prior to departure are being accepted in lieu of PCR tests but check first.
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 - 13/09/2021
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 - 15,083 (+16) (since yesterday)
Total cases recovered -14,906 (+17)
Total active cases - 47 (-1)
Total deaths recorded - 130 (+/-0)
Total patients in hospital in the COVID ward- 0 (+/-0) of whom 0 (+/-0) is in intensive care.
With world wide daily figures still stubborbly high and still rising in many regions please see link for global figures below.....
Andorra active cases and charts
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 ...
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..
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.