Monaco Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Monaco
Threat level: Low
The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate. Located on the French Riviera, it is host to the world famous Monaco Grand-Prix, one of the most important races on the Formula One racing calendar and a spectacular race through the city streets.
Monaco does not have any particular terror or security threat, it is home to and the playground of many of the world’s rich and famous and as such does attract some organised crime, such as robberies. Visitors to Monaco should take care that they are not targeted by these organised gangs. Pick-pocketing and bag-snatches do happen, but violent crime is quite rare.
Visitors to the Principality of Monaco should be mindful and respectful of the local laws and customs, it is not permitted to walk around in swimwear or with bare feet.
Recent security risk events
On the 25th of March 2017, there was an armed raid on a Cartier jewellery shop in Monte Carlo. The raid was well planned, including starting a very large fire as a distraction for Police. Police arrested two of the men and it is thought that a third has evaded capture.
It should be noted that during the period of the Monaco Grand-Prix the threat level in regards to terror threat is heightened due to the large number of people attending the event and the level of coverage worldwide. Basic security precautions should be taken to ensure a risk free trip. Locate emergency fire exits when entering enclosed public areas and exercise a general level of caution at all times.
The petty crime rate also peaks during this time. Take extra precautions when at such events, as large crowds are popular areas for pick pockets to operate in. Ensuring that money and other important travel documents are close to your person and not displaying eye catching jewellery will help to ensure you do not fall victim to theft.
For the most part Monaco is a very safe state. It is renowned for its constant police presence that are very professional at what they do, Monaco has the largest police force and police presence in the world on both a per capita and per area basis. It has been known as the safest square mile in Europe.
There have been some isolated incidents of jewellery shops being robbed at night. In June 2009, French police detained three members of a gang seen loitering near jewellery shops in Monaco. However this does not represent an immediate threat to tourists in the area.
Monaco is a sovereign and independent state but is still linked closely to France, who have agreed to defend the independence and sovereignty of Monaco. The Monaco Royal family are very highly respected on the international stage and are involved greatly with a number of charities, including hosting large charity events annually.
Many countries worldwide including the United States of America and the United Kingdom enjoy a very strong friendly, diplomatic relationship with Monaco.
To drive in Monaco you must have a valid UK or US driving licence or other EU national licence, insurance and vehicle documents. Roads are of a very high quality but can suffer due to the lay-out of Monaco from some congestion in the summer months or during the busy Grand-Prix.
The Monaco Police strictly enforce driving standards. Drink driving laws are very strict, the legal alcohol limit in Monaco is 0.50 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood which is lower than many places such as the UK.
As per many European countries, seat belts are required for all passengers, whether in the front or back seat of the vehicle. No children under ten years old can sit in the front. Using a mobile phone while driving is not allowed but the use of 'hands free' equipment is allowed. The wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for both driver and passenger of any two-wheel motorised vehicle.
Time now in Principality of Monaco:
Visitors to Monaco from the UK, EU and US can enter Monaco visa free for 90 days. For further advice can be found here: Visa advice Monaco
It is advised that visitors to Monaco are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers also get a Tetanus vaccination. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
Health facilities in Monaco are overseen by Caisses Sociales de Monaco (CSM) and facilities are very highly advanced. Visitors to Monaco should ensure that they have private health insurance as reciprocal medical arrangements are not in place with any other countries, including EU member states. Insurance should be adequate to cover medical and dental treatment overseas and in worse case repatriation after death.
The U.S. government does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Monaco. This area is managed by the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.
U.S. Embassy Paris
2 avenue Gabriel,
Telephone: +33 1 4312 2222
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +33 143 122 222
British Consulate Monaco
11 Ave. St. Michel,
Telephone: +377 935 099 54
Other useful info
Emergency services: 112
Police:Emergency 112 or 17
Fire emergency: 18 or +377 93 30 19 45
Medical emergency: 18 or +377 93 30 19 45