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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

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FAQ

Does Andorra Require an International Driving Permit?

Yes, you need an IDP if you are a resident of another country to drive in the country. However, do remember that you still need to bring your original license. Obtaining an IDP alone is not enough because it is merely a translation of your original license. Thus, if you’re driving from Barcelona to Andorra in summer, don’t forget to present your IDP or E.U. license when crossing borders. 

With an IDP, driving from Barcelona to Andorra will be worry-free. If a traffic officer calls your attention, show them your original license accompanied by your international permit. Also, you don’t need to explain to them the nature of the IDP. The permit translates your native driver's license into 12 languages. And if your driver's license isn't in English, this permit is highly recommended. If a traffic enforcer of a foreign country that doesn't speak your language will ask for your native driver's license, you can use your IDP to translate it for them. 

What Countries Recognize IDP?

An International Driver’s Permit is valid to over 150 countries and territories worldwide. So if you are planning to drive to another country after Andorra, you can always do that, given that your IDP is still valid. Unfortunately, you also can’t use it as a “substitute” for your original license. 

For example, you have an Indonesian license and an IDP, and you’re going on a vacation to Andorra. If you decide to rent a car in this country, the car rental company can accept your Indonesian license and the IDP. However, if you forgot your home country's driver’s license, you can’t use the IDP as a substitute. Thus, at police checkpoints, you better present your real license, or else you’ll encounter problems.

How Long Is an IDP Valid?

The validity of an IDP depends on the application price. But if you read the amended 1968 Convention, IDPs should not be valid for a period longer than three years. However, there are also one-year and two-year packages as well.

Choosing the validity period of your IDP depends on your purpose. If you plan to go overseas at least twice a year for the next three years, a three-year IDP works best for you. However, a one-year IDP is practical if you don’t have plans going abroad for the next three years. But if you frequently go on business representation trips or seminars abroad, you must have a three-year IDP.

Is My Local License Valid in Andorra?

Your license’s validity depends on where you come from. If you plan to stay in Andorra, as a tourist, having a European Union driver’s license and an IDP to drive in the country. So if you come from the 27 member states of the European Union, your local license is valid in this country. However, if you’re planning to stay longer, the country allows you to exchange your local non-E.U. license for an Andorran license. But, this is limited only to the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Holland
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Take note that you can only exchange your native license after acquiring a residency permit. Also, you only have six months to process this exchange.

How and Where Can You Get Your International Driving Permit?

Getting your International Driving Permit for Andorra is relatively easy. You can easily get yours at your nearest government office or before you travel to Andorra, from us. 

Have your IDP processed in a few steps. Click on the Start My Application on top of this page, fill out the details asked, pay for it with your credit card, and you're done. You can wait for your IDP to be shipped at your doorstep or download a copy of your digital IDP!

We also process valid IDPs recognized in 150+ countries worldwide, and these are just some of the following:

  • Brazil
  • Cyprus
  • France
  • Principe
  • Australia
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • and more!
International Driving Permit in Andorra

Most important Driving Rules

If you want to visit this country, you need to know the  driving laws of the nation. A few rules recorded underneath may be unfamiliar to you, so you need to review the driving norms in the country to swear off participating in a road fiasco.

Before you read on, always remember that this country’s legal driving age is 18 years old, while Andorra’s driving side is on the right.

Always bring your driving licence and IDP

Driving without a permit is illegal in the country. The law in the country states it is unlawful for a person to work a vehicle when they are not qualified. Suppose a driver continuously drives without a permit after these initial two offenses, they are punished with a fine and as long as a half year in prison.

For outsiders, an International Driving Permit is an essential document to drive around in Andorra. You can, without much of a stretch, get it from the International Drivers Association. You don't have to take a PC test to apply for a worldwide driving permit. All you require is to top off the application frame and transfer your photographs.

Applying for a global driving permit bothersome so just direct with the International Drivers Association is quick.

Obey speed limits

Driving in Andorra over as far as possible is carefully restricted. There are no motorways in Andorra, quite far, accelerate to 90km/h and are regularly all around signposted. You will find a little pack of speed cameras touched around, so it is critical you stick beyond what many would consider possible. If you get discovered overspeeding, you'll have as long as a half year in prison, with or without the above fine and even driver's permit suspension. Driving inside as far as possible is basic to guarantee the street security of everybody.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Drunk driving is one of the primary causes of road fatalities in the world. Andorra, like other countries, strictly imposes severe and serious punishment on anyone caught driving intoxicated. They’d charge you a fine if they caught you driving drunk or under the influence of drugs. You’ll not receive a fine if your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is 0.05 percent and below. BAC levels beyond the allowable will be fined accordingly:

  • From 0.05% to 0.08%, a fine of € 150
  • From 0.081% to 0.12%, a fine of € 300
  • Above 0.12%, a fine of € 600 and suspension of license for three months

Refusal to undergo a BAC test will result in another fine of € 300 and suspension of license for three months. Moreover, the driver will pay a fine of € 600 and suspension of license for three months if proven to be under drugs’ influence.

Alcohol and drugs can impair a driver’s senses and cognition, which affects the driver’s alertness and focus on the road. It’s better to call a cab if you had a drink than risk your and other people’s wellbeing.

Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory

The utilization of safety belts has been one of the best ways to reduce street mishap fatalities, so specialists carefully execute this standard. Drivers and travelers must wear their safety belts while traveling, while kids under eight years of age should sit back on a kid seat.

Suppose you don't want your car driving permit in Andorra to be suspended; a seatbelt is necessary. Anybody found disregarding this standard can confront genuine outcomes.

The use of handheld mobile phones is not allowed

Noting calls or informing while at the same time driving simultaneously is carefully denied in Andorra. It's one of the primary explanations behind road disasters worldwide as it isolates the driver's thoughts making the rounds. If you need to answer a critical call, use a sans hands structure for security.

Driving with an expired driving licence is strictly not allowed

If you are caught driving with an expired license in Andorra, you will be charged with an offense in contravention of section 2 of the Highway Traffic Act. An IDP is only a translation of your local driving license. So, it’s not a suitable replacement for your expired driving license.

The IDP should include your name, address, driving license number, vehicle class or type, validation date, picture, and other important information found on your native driving license.

You can renew your international driving license online in the International Drivers Association by following the same process when you applied for an IDP. Do this and experience an ongoing road-tripping journey around the wonderful country of Andorra.

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Top destinations in Andorra

Situated In between the giants of France and Spain, this country is the 17th smallest country in the world. Regardless of its size, that doesn’t mean you won’t find plenty of things to do and places to explore here.

Soldeu Ski Resort

The Soldeu Ski Resort is a sought-after resort in this country. Despite the distance, many are willing to withstand the driving duration just to see the beauty of the Pyrenees through this resort. This lodging has 200 km of inclinations that can accommodate individuals, kids, and couples. However, Soldeu isn't limited to purely skiing.

What to expect in Soldeu Ski Resort?

There are bars, cafes, and shopping centers for you to acknowledge and explore. The cafes in Soldeu offer British, European, American, and Catalonian cooking styles for all tourists. You will have a gastronomic feast in Soldeu.

Aside from eating, appreciate and travel over the obligation-free shopping in Soldeu and buy brilliant ski gear available. In any case, if you're not into skiing, there are unique products for remembrances, gifting, and singular use.

Grandvalira Ski Area

The most significant ski area in the Pyrenees is the Grandvalira Ski Area. It is home to 210 km (130.5 mi) of slants, over 40 cafés, restaurants, and bistros, and even more. With the temperature low, it provides guaranteed ski conditions. That’s why it is the primary spot where Alpine winter sports rivalries can be held in the Pyrenees.

What to expect in Grandvalira Ski Area

Snowmobiles, mushing (sleigh rides), zip lines, igloo fabricating, sweeping helicopter flights are a few of the activities there.

At Grandvalira, you'll value skiing, yet you'll similarly invite the activities you can do while remaining in the country. In Summer, Grandvalira has special activities for you as well. There will be trips, fun rides, hikes, and mind-boggling retreat spots for you. If you want to see the mountains' dazzling excellence, there'll be local escorts to help you in the excursion.

Vallnord Ski Area

Vallnord Ski Area is arranged in Andorra’s northernmost valley and includes the three ski resorts of Arcalis, Arinsal, and Pal. Arcalis has an amount of 25 ski runs – for the most part, red, blue, and green, so it's preferable for beginner or center skiers.

What to expect in Vallnord Ski Area?

In the interim, Pal and Arinsal both have 63 km (40 mi) of slants, with red and dark runs ideal for advanced skiers. The territory is additionally home to three ski schools, with more than 250 ski teachers altogether.

Museu Carmen Thyssen

Suppose you are interested in learning about a country’s culture. In that case, you can visit one of this country's most famous destinations—the Museu Carmen Thyssen, to see the artistry arrangement of Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza, which additionally has branches in Madrid and Malaga. Having opened recently in March 2017, this is an occasion to see staggering works by a part of the world's top pros, from William Turner to Wassily Kandinsky.

What to expect at the Museu Carmen Thyssen?

Ticket costs range from €5 to €10. You have to make a web booking preceding entering the display lobby. When in a verifiable focus, take the necessary steps not to cause boisterous upheavals or inconsequential activities. An example of this is the craftsmanship and respect for the security of various visitors.

Casa de la Vall

One of the fundamental tourist spots in the country, Casa de la Vall, arranged in the capital of Andorra la Vella, was acquired for the Busquets family back in the 16th century. That’s why from 1702 to 2011, it filled in as the center for the Andorran parliament. This makes it the seat for the most established and predictable European parliament.

Inside it, visitors can see the get-together room, meeting rooms, and even the criminal court.

What to expect in Cada de la Vall

When going around Casa de la Vall, exquisite architecture offers interesting rooms and surprises for visitors, galleries, and a quadrangular floor plan, which are typical for centuries-old homes. This old manor also contains a significant history of this country and its customs during the 18th century.

Sant Joan de Caselles Church

In case you have to see Romanesque design, the Sant Joan de Caselles Church is your next goal. Unlike the Meritxell church, Sant Joan de Caselles keeps up its novel design and plan. Inside the assembly are the leftover pieces of a mortar Romanesque Majesty with an artistic creation of the execution.

Built between the eleventh and twelfth years, maybe the best instance of the Andorran Romanesque plan. Along with it is the customary Lombardian rectangular toll tower.

What to expect in Sant Joan de Caselles Church

There are no fees required to enter the Sant Joan de Caselles Church. Two porches adorn this church, possibly built back in the 16th or 17th century. It has a rectangular and a wooden roof and a semi-circular apse. You may view more about this beauty without worrying about your budget.

Museu de la Miniatura

If you're an admirer of art and craftsmanship in its various structures, the Museu de la Miniatura (or Museum of the Miniatures) is your next destination. This gallery includes little bits of craftsmanship made of gold, platinum, paper, and even rice grains or specks of valuable metals. It is even too small to consider seeing it with the unaided eye.

What to expect in Museu de la Miniatura

The gallery's displays are mostly the fine arts of Nicolai Siadristy, a standout amongst other scaled-down artisans on the planet. It is situated in the town of Ordino and highlights the little, stunning works of Ukrainian artisans.

Like most of the world, driving in the country is on the right side, so you must always remember to keep right on the road. Also, don’t forget to bring your IDP with you before your journey.

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