Will I need an ETIAS to visit Monaco?
Monaco conforms to certain European Union policies including customs and border controls. This is likely to continue with the introduction of the ETIAS.
Monaco is a very small country surrounded by French territory. The two countries enjoy a close relationship. Thanks to this relationship, Monaco is considered an associate member of the Schengen.
The ETIAS will be introduced to tighten security at Europe’s borders. The implementation of this system is dependent on all members of the Schengen zone embracing it.
Monaco relies on its close relationship with France to take care of its International affairs and France is going to be a member of the ETIAS scheme.
It is therefore very likely that Monaco will be a participating country in the ETIAS.
For stronger border controls, whether they be land, air or sea borders, all of the member countries will have a common system of pre-authorizing travelers for European travel.
Nationals of the E.U. and nationals of Schengen countries will not need an ETIAS. The people who will need one when it is introduced in 2021, are the people who at the moment are allowed free travel within Europe for 90 days and do not have to apply for a visa.
These travelers are allowed free movement based on their citizenship. The new ETIAS scheme is going to authorize travel based on individual criteria, not based on which country you are a citizen of.
Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe.
Monaco is bordered on three sides by France, the remaining side borders the Mediterranean Sea. The city-state forms an enclave within France.
Monaco is also located close to Italy, but they share no border.
Monaco has an area of 2.020 sq. km and a population of 38,400 people.
It is the smallest sovereign state in the world after the Vatican and the most densely populated sovereign state in the world.
The major language in Monaco is French. Monégasque, Italian, and English are also frequently used. Citizens of Monaco whether born in the country or naturalized, are called Monégasque. Monaco enjoys the world’s highest life expectancy at nearly 90 years.
The major religion is Christianity. The official currency is the euro.
Monaco is not formally a member of the European Union, but it does participate in certain E.U. policies. Through Monaco’s relationship with France, it uses the euro as its only currency.
On the Mediterranean coast, only a few miles from the Italian border, Monaco is a narrow strip of coastline backed by the Alpes-Maritimes foothills. This creates a magnificent natural amphitheater overlooking the sea.
Monaco at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Languages: French, English, Italian, Monegasque
Area: 2 KM2
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +377
Travel in Monaco
Monaco enjoys a mild climate year round. The hottest months are July and August; the coolest are January and February. There are many things for the visitor to enjoy in Monaco.
Larvotto Beach is a free public access beach and is a perfect location for some sun, sand, and sea. The beach is clean and safe with cafes and kiosks nearby. At Princess Grace Rose Garden you can enjoy more than 180 varieties of roses, or you may prefer the serene sea facing Saint-Martin Gardens or the Japanese Gardens adjacent to the sea.
Cars are popular in Monaco. There is a permanent exhibition of Prince Rainier III’s private collection of over 100 Classic cars. The Monaco Grand Prix is held annually in the streets of Monaco, widely considered the most prestigious car race in the world. The Monte Carlo rally is also held in the principality. Considered one of the most difficult and prestigious events in rallying, the majority of the race is held on French territory, but the ending is in Monaco.
Monaco hosts annual festivals and events.
- Tennis Master Series
- Formula 1 Grand Prix
- Monaco International Non-Violent Film Festival
- Monte Carlo Opera
- Spring Arts Festival
The Grand Casino in Monte Carlo is located in Monaco’s most exclusive quarter. Here you will also find the most luxurious hotels, restaurants, and boutiques.
The US and Monaco
The U.S and Monaco enjoy excellent relations which they both seek to maintain and strengthen. Monaco and the U.S. have worked together as partners and friends and have established full diplomatic relations.
The two countries have a modest amount of bilateral trade in goods. Monaco has signed a tax information exchange agreement with the U.S.
The U.S. and Monaco both belong to the following organizations
- The United Nations
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Monaco is an observer to the Organization of American States.
Service industries account for the majority of Monaco’s economy, most especially the property and financial services sector. Tourism is also an important source of revenue.
There are extensive custom built conference venues.
- The Forum Grimaldi Cultural and Exhibition Center – one of Europe’s largest venues for conferences.
- The Convention Center and Auditorium – 1,100 capacity
- The International Conference Center – 450 capacity
- Meridien Beach Plaza Club – 1,624 capacity
The nearest airport is the Nice Côte-d’Azur International, which is approximately 40 kilometers from the city center, in neighboring France. There are daily flights to and from many of Europe’s main cities.
List of US diplomatic offices in Monaco
The Embassy of USA in Paris, France
Address: 2 avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris France
Phone: (33) 1 43 12 22 22
The U.S. has no representative office in the Principality of Monaco. The nearest Embassy in located in Paris, France.
The Embassy of Monaco in Washington, USA
Address: 888 17th Street, NW Suite 500 Washington DC 20006
Phone: 1 (202) 234-1530
Fax: 1 (202) 244-7656
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Maguy Maccario Doyle – Ambassador