COUNTRY DESCRIPTION ^
is both a highly developed and stable democracy with modern economies. Additional information on Andorra may be obtained from the Andorran Mission to the U.N., 2 U.N. Plaza, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10018, telephone (212) 750-8064 or via the Internet at
SECURITY AND SAFETY ^
Spain and Andorra share with the rest of the world an increased threat of international Islamic terrorist incidents. On March 11, 2004, terrorists bombed four commuter trains coming into Madrid causing close to 200 deaths and over 1,400 injuries.
The ETA terrorist organization remains active in Spain; historically, ETA attacks have been directed against the police, military, local politicians, and Spanish government targets. However, in February 2004, ETA reiterated its intention to target Spanish tourist areas, advising that foreign nationals could be among the victims. In December 2003, Spanish police thwarted an ETA attempt to bomb a train loaded with pre-holiday travelers. On March 1, 2004, Spanish authorities intercepted 500 kilograms of explosives, which suspected ETA terrorists were taking to Madrid. Since 2001, ETA attacks have included a number of car-bomb incidents, some occurring in areas frequented by tourists, including the Madrid and Malaga airports. While there were no American fatalities from these incidents, there have been a number of injuries. U.S. tourists traveling to Spain should remain vigilant, exercise caution, monitor local developments, and avoid demonstrations and other potentially violent situations.
Andorra has a low rate of crime.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES ^
While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Spanish law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs in
Andorra are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.
MEDICAL FACILITIES ^
Good medical care is available.
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS ^
While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Spain and Andorra is provided for general reference only, and it may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Excellent
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Good
For additional general information about road safety, including links to foreign government sites, please see the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at
For information about driving in Andorra refer to the Andorran website at
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Spain's Civil Aviation Authority as Category 1 -- in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of Spain's air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the United States at telephone 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's Internet website at
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact the DOD at telephone (618) 229-4801.
Please also refer to the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.
March 12, 2004