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    Andorra is a tiny dot on the map. An independentprincipality dwarfed by France and Spain, it is most famous forbeing a tax haven and is a popular tourist destination pepperedwith summer and winter resorts.

    Following centuries of struggle between the countsand the bishops of Urgell for the surrounding valleys, Andorra cameinto being in 1278 when the Spanish bishop of La Seu d'Urgell andthe French House of Foix established co-sovereignty of thearea.

    The French and Spanish continued to tussle over theregion and it was only in 1993 that it officially became anindependent state, obtaining its first written constitution. Withthis mixed history, it is no surprise that true Andorrans are aminority in their own country. Spaniards, French, and Portuguesemake up the majority of the population.

    The country occupies 181 square miles (468 sq km) andis mountainous and beautiful, dotted with lakes, forests, and threemajor rivers, along with the typical flora and fauna of thePyrenees. Its principal and most populated town is Andorra la Vellawith several museums and monuments to explore, including theMiniature Museum, a perfume museum, and an ethnographic museum.

    However, the principal reason for visits to Andorrais for the excellent skiing. The country boasts several major skiresorts, including Grandvalira (formerly called Soldeu/El Tartar)and Vall Nord (formerly Arcalis/Ordino), which cater for all typesof skiers.

    But if skiing is not for you, Andorra also offersplenty of hiking opportunities, horse riding, and golfing. You canalso enjoy relaxing in some fine restaurants and cafes, and, ofcourse, partake in some excellent duty-free shopping.

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    Andorra's climate is typical of mountainous areas, with coldwinters and mild summers. The climate is dry, with a large numberof sunny days. Autumn experiences the highest rainfall, whilewinter gets plenty of snow, guaranteeing excellent skiingconditions and drawing in the crowds to the various ski resorts.The average temperature range is between 28ºF (-2ºC) and 75ºF(24ºC).

    Money:

    The unit of currency in Andorra is the Euro, divided into 100cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change.Most major credit cards are accepted and ATMs are widelyavailable.

    Language:

    The official language of Andorra is Catalan, which isused in administration and business. More than half the populationspeaks Spanish, and French and Portuguese are alsospoken.

    Electricity:

    Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round pinattachment plugs and Shuko plugs and receptacles with sidegrounding contacts are in use.

    Entry Requirements:

    United States citizens need a passport to enter Andorra, but novisa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visarequirements of France or Spain must be met.

    British nationals need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visais required. However, the relevant regulations and visarequirements of France or Spain must be met.

    Canadians need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa isrequired. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirementsof France or Spain must be met.

    Australians need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa isrequired. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirementsof France or Spain must be met.

    South Africans need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa isrequired. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirementsof France or Spain must be met.

    Irish nationals need a passport to enter Andorra, but no visa isrequired. However, the relevant regulations and visa requirementsof France or Spain must be met.

    United States citizens need a passport to enter Andorra, but novisa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visarequirements of France or Spain must be met.

    New Zealand nationals need a passport to enter Andorra, but novisa is required. However, the relevant regulations and visarequirements of France or Spain must be met.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    All visitors must have a valid passport with a recommendedvalidity of at least six months past the date of departure fromAndorra. The passport must have one unused page for visa issuance.Although there are no visa requirements for Andorra, travellersmust have the relevant documentation for either France or Spain,depending on which country will be transited to reach Andorra, andshould apply to the relevant embassy in their home country.Visitors must also hold onward tickets, all other documentsrequired for next destination, and sufficient funds.

    Travel Health:

    There are no health risks associated with travel to Andorra, butit is recommended that travellers are up to date with routineimmunisations. Medical care in Andorra and neighbouring Spain andFrance is excellent, but can be expensive and medical insurance isadvised.

    Tipping:

    Tipping is not expected in Andorra. However, one can round offto the nearest euro for waiters and taxi drivers.

    Safety Information:

    There are no risks associated with travel to Andorra, buttravellers should always be vigilant and not display valuables.

    Local Customs:

    Andorrans tend to be friendly and courteous. Smoking is common,although restrictions have been placed in neighbouring Spain.

    Business:

    Catalan is the official language of Andorra, although Spanish iswidely spoken. A small minority speak French, and English isminimal. It is best to ascertain before meetings which languagewill be used. Punctuality is important, handshakes are the norm ongreeting, and business attire should be smart and formal.

    Communications:

    The international access code for Andorra is +376. City/areacodes are in use. Andorra is well covered by a GSM 900 network andmost international mobile companies offer roaming agreements.internet cafes are widely available.

    Duty Free:

    Visitors may exit Andorra without paying duty on the followingitems: 3 litres of alcohol not exceeding 22 percent volume; 300cigarettes or 75 cigars; 75 grams of perfume. Certain agriculturalproducts as well as tea and coffee are restricted, it is best toclarify these allowances before travelling through customs.

    Useful Contacts:

    Ministry of Tourism and Environment: +376 875 702 orwww.andorra.ad

    Andorra Embassies:

    Andorra Embassy, New York, United States: +1 (212) 750-8064.

    Andorra Embassy, London, United Kingdom: +44 (0)20 88744806.

    Foreign Embassies in Andorra :

    United States Embassy, Madrid, Spain (also responsible forAndorra): +34 91 587 2200.

    British Consulate, Barcelona, Spain (also responsible forAndorra): +34 902 109 356.

    Canadian Embassy, Madrid, Spain (also responsible for Andorra):+34 91 382 8400.

    South African Embassy, Madrid, Spain (also responsible forAndorra): +34 91 436 3780.

    Australian Embassy, Madrid, Spain (also responsible forAndorra): +34 91 353 6600.

    Irish Embassy, Madrid, Spain (also responsible for Andorra): +3491 436 4093.

    New Zealand Embassy, Madrid (also responsible for Andorra): +34915 230 226.

    Andorra Emergency Numbers : 110 (Police); 116 (Ambulance); 118 (Fire); 112 (MountainRescue).
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