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SAN MARINO - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for San Marino. Exercise normal security precautions.
Safety and security
Safety and security
The crime rate is low. Ensure that your personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities and there is a potential for other violent incidents, which could target areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Continue to exercise normal security precautions.
It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the San Marinese authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations for up-to-date information.
You do not need to pass through border controls to enter San Marino, but you must be in possession of a valid passport while you are there.
Temporary passport holders may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with diplomatic representatives 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.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 10 days
Business visa: Not required
Student visa: Not required
If you plan to stay more than 10 days, you must obtain a permit of stay from the gendarmerie of San Marino. To stay more than 90 days, or for any type of travel, other than tourism, you should contact the Permanent Mission of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations before leaving Canada.
You must register with the gendarmerie, within 24 hours of arrival, if you are visiting San Marino for more than three days. Inform the establishment where you are staying and they will provide the information to the gendarmerie. If you are staying in private accommodations, you must contact the gendarmerie yourself.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.
See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
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 - Country Entry Requirements
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.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
* 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.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in Southern Europe, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southern 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. Some infections found in Southern Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Medical services and facilities meet Canadian standards. Most health care providers do not speak English or French. Medical evacuation, which can be very expensive, may be necessary in the event of serious illness or injury. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers all medical expenses, including hospitalization abroad and medical evacuation, in case of illness or injury.
Learn more about travel health and safety.
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 and culture
Laws & culture
You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in San Marino. However, Canadian officials may be limited in their ability to provide you with consular services if local authorities consider you a Sammarinese citizen. You should always travel using your valid Canadian passport and present yourself as Canadian to foreign authorities at all times to minimize this risk. You may also need to carry and present a Sammarinese passport for legal reasons, for example to enter and exit the country (see Entry/exit requirements to determine passport requirements). Citizenship is determined solely by national laws, and the decision to recognize dual citizenship rests completely with the country in which you are located when seeking consular assistance. See Travelling as a dual citizen for more information.
Illegal or restricted activities
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
There are strict rules around public inebriation.
An International Driving Permit is required for short stays within San Marino. A Canadian citizen who applies for residence in San Marino may use a valid Canadian driver’s licence for up to one year from the date that the application for residence is granted. After the one-year period, the Canadian licence must be converted to a San Marinese driver’s licence. You must also carry proof of car insurance.
The legal alcohol limit is 0.05%.
The use of cellular telephones while driving is prohibited, unless the phone is fitted with a hands-free device.
Smoking is prohibited while driving.
Cars must be equipped with a reflective jacket and a red warning triangle, which is to be placed behind the vehicle in case of an accident or breakdown.
The currency is the euro (EUR).
All major credit cards are accepted.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU) with at least €10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible asset. 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’ websites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
San Marino is in an active seismic zone.
Forest fires can occur, particularly in the summer months. In case of a major fire, stay away from affected areas, follow the instructions of local emergency services personnel and monitor local media for up-to-date information. The air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke and affect travellers with respiratory ailments.
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 112 / 113
- medical assistance: 118
- firefighters: 115
There is no resident Canadian government office in San Marino. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the Embassy of Canada to Italy in Rome.
Rome - Embassy of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the embassy of Canada in Rome, Italy and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. In the event of a large-scale emergency, every effort will be made to provide assistance. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
See Large-scale emergencies abroad for more information.
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