How to Get a Residence Permit in Andorra

Andorra is a thriving society that participates in the global economy but maintains a degree of separation from the rest of Europe. It also happens to have a very attractive tax system.

As a place to live, it offers both easy access to a fantastic outdoor environment and the familiar comforts of modern life.

All of these characteristics mean that many people will consider Andorra as a potential destination for long-term relocation. This post will be your guide to the technicalities of applying for an Andorra residence permit.

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How to Get an Andorran Residency Visa

Andorra Residency Visa

There are plenty of reasons for expats to look into gaining a residency visa in Andorra. The country has one of the lowest tax rates in the world, a high quality of life, and is a very safe place to live.

Anyone can apply for a residency visa. The only catch is that you will need to meet the requirements and provide the necessary documents – all information you can get from our site.

Andorran residency falls into two different categories, which have further sub-categories:

  • Passive residency:  For individuals that will perform most of their economic activity outside of Andorra during their stay
  • Active residency:  For individuals that wish to make Andorra their home and to work full time within the country

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Andorra Residency Rules

Due to the high amount of foreigners applying for permits to live in Andorra in recent years, Andorra’s residency rules have been tightened by the government.

These are rules you must follow to acquire and maintain your residency. They are in place to ensure that Andorra only attracts the most productive and serious candidates.

During your application and stay, Andorra’s residency rules entail proof of income, insurance, background checks, and more. The type of residency you apply for and obtain also changes the requirements you must meet, too.

In this article we’ll cover the headline requirements you need to meet.

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How to Get Permanent Residency in Andorra

Holders of Andorran passports, those from the Shenghen zone and a few other countries don't need any visas at all to travel to Andorra through France or Spain.

Settling down in a new country requires comprehensive research, especially about obtaining residency and staying for long periods of time.

There are other guides on residency in Andorra in an attempt to explain every aspect about how to stay in the country:

These guides, however, only mention temporary residency permits.

What if you want to get permanent residency in Andorra? That is, indefinite residence, without having to worry about permit renewals.

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Andorra Passive Residency

Andorra passive residency

Andorra’s passive residency program offers visas to individuals that wish to become a resident of the country, while performing most of their economic activities outside of it. Residency in Andorra allows individuals to legally minimise their tax while maintaining an enviably high standard of living.

Initially, passive residence permits are given for 2 years. This is then renewed for another 2 years, then 3 years, then 10 years. After 20 years, you can apply for citizenship.

Applicants must complete a criminal background check, while also providing proof of income and private health insurance. Income must be at least 300% the average Andorran annual minimum salary of €12,209.64, so you will need to show €36,628.92 in income each year. If applicants are bringing family, this same rule must be applied to each family member except at a rate of 100%.

This means a 4 person family with 3 dependents would need to show an income of €73,259.84.

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Andorra Active Residency

Self-employed? Love the mountains? Andorra's active residency may be the perfect program may be right for you.

Andorra’s active residency programs are set up for those willing to live and work in the country. Unlike passive residency, active residents are expected to spend the majority of their time in Andorra, work here, and participate in the local community.

While passive residency allows visa holders to spend as little as 90 days in the country, this is not possible for active residents. Active residents for all intents and purposes must use Andorra as their home base, or “primary place of residence” if you will.

As active residents spend more than 183 days per year in the country, they are automatically fiscal residents and must pay tax in Andorra. But let’s be honest, with a maximum rate of 10%, this is more a positive than a negative.

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