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Monaco - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Monaco. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
The crime rate is lower than in most European countries. Nevertheless, be vigilant in public places, tourist areas and at the Monaco train station, where petty crimes (pickpocketing, purse snatching and theft from cars) may occur.
Taxis are plentiful. Rental cars are widely available.
The local bus system is inexpensive and convenient and stops at most tourist attractions.
A train connects Monaco with Nice (France), where the nearest airport is located. The principality is served by commuter train between Nice to the west and the Italian border to the east, and is also linked to France and Italy by high-speed trains, including the TGV.
Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
General safety information
Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Do not leave your valuables in an unattended vehicle.
Theft of passports or other important documents should be reported to the nearest police station or Sûreté publique.
Dial 112 for police, fire department or ambulance services.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Monegasque authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Consulate of Monaco for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Monaco, which must be valid for at least the expected duration of their stay. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays less than three months
Business visa: Not required for stays less than three months
Student visa: Required
Long stay or residency visa: Required
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.
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Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
|* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.|
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Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws & culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.
Penalties for cultivation, possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences.
You must be at least 18 years of age to drive a car in Monaco. An International Driving Permit is recommended.
Penalties for drinking and driving are strict. Convicted offenders can expect fines.
The currency of Monaco is the euro (EUR).
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural disasters & climate
Natural disasters & climate
Monaco is subject to extremely hot and dry weather in summer.
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For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada in Paris, France, and follow the instructions. You may also call the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa toll-free at 0-800-914183.
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