andorra property

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Are property prices negotiable?

As elsewhere, advertised property prices in Andorra, where there is no public price-information available on individual property sales, can sometimes be a little aspirational, so of course there is nearly always some negotiation on price. As to how much, that of course depends on how keen the seller is but as professional estate agents we should always be able to guide you as to whether a discount might be achievable or, alternatively, be able to tell you that the seller is firm on his price.

I am new to Andorra: is there a lot of variation in price in the different parishes?

The central-valley capital conurbation parishes of Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany are of course usually the most expensive because all the main cultural facilities and the most comprehensive shopping are to be found there. On the other hand, many people prefer to live away from the city bustle and look to being down in Sant Julià on the Spanish border and up in the higher parishes that offer more countryside and the main winter and summer sports facilities. The parishes of Ordino and La Massana tend to be favoured by the non-Iberian, international community. Canillo and Encamp, would on average be considered the least expensive parishes, but all parishes now have such excellent facilities that the price differences continue to reduce.

What is community heating?

In the context of a property website, this indicates that the heating is provided to the whole building by the condominium's community – or community of Co-Proprietors as they are known in Andorra - and the community's elected administrator organises the charging or billing for each owner in the complex. Consumption is calculated by means of a kilo-calorie meter for heating and hot water used from a central boiler.

What paperwork do I need to buy a property in Andorra?

If you are already an official resident of Andorra, the paperwork is minimal. If you are not yet resident, or in the process of applying for a residence permit, then there is a little more to do: you will need a clear Criminal Record Certificate from the country in which you currently live, from your country of birth and any other place you have been officially resident. You also need to apply to the government for permission to buy a property in the country, but this will be handled by your estate agent and is very, very rarely refused.

Can I buy more than one property in Andorra?

Yes. There are no longer any restrictions on individuals buying property in Andorra.

How do I get a permit to live in Andorra?

If you are just buying a holiday home in the Principality then you do not need a permit if you spend less than 90 days a year here. If you wish to live here for more than 90 days a year on a permanent basis then you need to apply. All the details are available in our Help Sheet "Residence Permits in Andorra" for which you can apply here. Just contact us.

What is the Social Security situation in Andorra?

If you live and work here, then you will benefit from one of the world's best healthcare systems, according to none other than the World Health Organisation. If you live in Andorra as a non-employed resident, you are required to have a private health insurance policy and can enjoy the same privileged advantages.

If I am resident in Andorra can I travel around Europe visa-free?

Under the original Tripartite Treaty between Andorra, France and Spain, any official resident of Andorra may freely travel with his national passport, visa-free, in any of these countries and Portugal has now acceded to the treaty as well. Working residents are also mutually covered for Social Security and healthcare. For visiting any other country in the EU, if residents are not nationals of the EU, they must have a Schengen (or other) visa. However, official residents can easily obtain these – and normally without fuss – from the various EU embassies here in Andorra. Andorra is in the process of negotiating a more comprehensive Treaty of Association with the whole of the EU and in the future such visa-free travel may well be extended.