Residency in Andorra

Even if you speak the language, moving to a new country comes with a steep learning curve.

Let us help you to choose the right residency path, and handle each step of your application, so you can focus on starting your new life.

Your Guide to Residency in Andorra

There’s a lot to love about Andorra. But while it’s nice to know the school system is great, the country is safe, the tax system is fair and overall it’s a very healthy place to live, it’s a moot point if you don’t have a residence permit.

If you’re convinced Andorra is the place and you want to call this beautiful country home, it’s time to dig into the specifics of residency.

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Two Main Options

Andorra has 2 main options to live here, with different residency requirements;

  1. Passive residenceresidence without work
  2. Active residenceresidence and self-employment

The main difference between is the time requirement you need to meet, and how you are insured (privately or publicly).

Active vs Passive

Passive residency visas require residents to spend 90 in the country each calendar year, while active residents are required to call Andorra their home, spending at least 183 days of the year here.

It’s worth considering how much time you want to spend in Andorra before making any decisions.

Passive residents do not have a work permit, meaning they cannot work locally (unless it is for their own company), while active residents do have a work permit.

While passive residents are required to organise their own private health insurance, active residents must be registered with CASS, part of the Andorran healthcare system.

The decision isn’t cut-and-dried, however. Many full-time residents still choose the passive route, for good reasons too.

If you choose to work with us, we’ll guide to to your best option, ensuring an efficient financial commitment, but more importantly limiting headaches and paperwork along the way.

Residency in Andorra

Pricing for Andorran Residency Applications

Residency requirements aren’t simple, but our prices are. You’ll pay a flat rate for the primary applicant, along with a supplementary fee for dependents.

Active
For full-time residents
2,999

+€879 per dependent

  • Must spend 183 days per year in Andorra
  • Must form a company in Andorra
  • Healthcare coverage through CASS
  • Deposit €50,000 in a government bond
Passive
For a ‘tax residency’ home base
2,999*

+€879* per dependent

  • Must spend 90 days per year in Andorra
  • Must self-insure
  • Choose from investing €400,000, starting a company, or leveraging your professional reputation
  • Deposit €47,500 in a government bond

Inclusions

Don’t worry, we’re not only handling immigration matters.

In addition to your application, we’ll also help you out with key elements of settling into Andorra from the day your order begins until you receive your residency card.

After this time, we welcome you to sign up to our local support plan.

*The government charges Passive applicants a card collection fee of €2,500 for main applicants, and €500 for dependents. To ensure a smooth application process, we collect this fee from you beforehand.

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Guy Sharp

An expert who has your back

Moving to, and doing business in a new country can be a steep learning curve. You really need someone on your side to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Guy’s combined experience in property management and helping new residents move to Andorra has placed him in a unique position to help newcomers. He not only has the knowledge to help you make the right decisions, he can connect you with the right people at the right time as well.

How to get residency in Andorra

Open a Bank Account

Step 1

Open a Personal Bank Account

To get the process rolling, you’ll need a local bank account. This can be either an individual or joint account, based on your preferences. With this account, we’ll be able to set you up the right way from the beginning, and minimise future headaches.

Signing for Company Registration

Step 2 (Active, and Passive ‘Professionals in International Business’ applications)

Register Your Company

To get the process rolling, you’ll need a local bank account. This can be either an individual or joint account, based on your preferences. With this account, we’ll be able to set you up the right way from the beginning, and minimise future headaches.

Housing in Andorra

Step 3

Find Somewhere to Live

You’ll need an address for almost every step in this list, so finding somewhere to live is very important. You might choose to buy straight away, or rent while you settle in, it doesn’t really matter and we can help you with both options.

Filling out Insurance Paperwork for Residency

Step 4 (Passive only)

Get Andorran Insurance

As you won’t be covered by the local social security system, when applying for passive residency you’ll need to show proof of health, incapacity and old age insurance. We’ll do the leg work for you, seeking multiple quotes that suit your needs to be sure you don’t overpay.

Immigration portfolio paperwork

Step 5

Prepare Your Immigration Portfolio

Here’s where we’ll work with you to get your paperwork in order. This involves criminal records, a civil status certificate, your CV, and foreign investment authorisation.

Deposit Euros in Andorra

Step 6

Deposit Funds & Collect Certificates

Transfer funds to your Andorran bank account, and arrange your Andorran Finance Authority bond certificate, and an income certificate from your bank.

Government immigration interview

Step 7

Attend an Immigration Interview

Due to unprecedented demand for all types of residency, each application involves an in-person interview. This isn’t arduous. It’s an opportunity to make sure everything ‘adds up’, and that you are physically in the country.

Medical interview

Step 8

Attend a Medical Interview

The Immigration Department also requires a medical interview and checkup as part of the process. The outcome of this interview may require additional specialist checks.

Andorran residency card for 'compte propi'

Step 9

Receive Your Residency Card

When approved, we’ll visit the Immigration department to collect your new residency card. When you’re back in Andorra, we’ll deliver it to you, or drop it in your post box. Whatever’s easiest!

Comu of Ordino

Step 10

Register With Your Comu

With your residency status approved, we can officially register you and any family members with your local commune. From here you can rest easy and turn your attention to discovering more of what Andorra has to offer!

Everything you need in one place

Without someone taking care of the details, your move to Andorra can be met with unnecessary delays.

Simply fill in our forms and upload any documents.

We’ll take care of the rest, keeping a record of all files and communication in our secure dashboard, where you can find everything you need, at any time.

Andorra Guides Portal on Mobile Device

Everything you need in one place

Without someone taking care of the details, your move to Andorra can be met with unnecessary delays.

Simply fill in our forms and upload any documents.

We’ll take care of the rest, keeping a record of all files and communication in our secure dashboard, where you can find everything you need, at any time.

Andorra Guides Web Portal on Laptop

Q&A

Will I need an address before applying for residency?

Yes, you need either:

  • a rental contract
  • property deeds, or
  • a purchase of sale agreement.

I had residency in Andorra and cancelled it and left the country. Is there any way of regaining residency or are there any special measures for people who used to have residency?

Even if you had residency in the past, you will unfortunately need to start the process from scratch.

Can I change residency category?

You can change residency category if you like. However, we would need to submit a new application which will require a new set of criminal records etc with the Hague Apostille stamp.

Occasionally, they accept the original ones submitted the first time round but you will need to take this into account. It is worth noting that your renewal periods will start from 0.

How likely is a residency application to be accepted or denied provided all criteria are met?

All applications in general are accepted and approved. It is very rare that an application gets denied. Andorra is interested in having new residents despite the bureaucracy! Cases where people have some sort of criminal record will have more difficulties, however.

Is there a minimum investment amount to obtain the foreign investment authorization?

No.

For Passive Residency, can investments in Andorran real estate made before the application for residency count towards the €347,500 requirement?

You can invest in Andorran real estate before your residency application. You can then use this purchase towards the €350,000 investment as long as your proportional part meets the €350,000 (in the event that the Property Deed is under 2 names).

In the event that the property was purchased during the 80’s when property deeds were in pesetas, the Immigration department will exchange the pesetas into Euros. This is not inflation adjusted however, and is unlikely to meet the minimum investment requirement.

Any inherited or gifted properties cannot be used.

For Active Residency, can non-married partners use the same address?

Yes, you can, however you will both need to be shareholders of your company.

Does everybody in the family unit need to be present when we submit the application at Immigration?

Everybody in the family unit that is over 16 has to be present. Any person over 16 is required to do a medical check.

With regard to the 900 positions limit/quota per year, have you found this to be much of an issue? Is there an ideal time of year to apply?

Andorra rarely meets this quota of applications. In any case, if it were to be the case, they would expand the quota. When it comes to working permits, then it’s a different story and strict rules apply. We do not deal with work permits outside of self-employment via company formation.

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