The small European state of Monaco is a popular destination for Canadians, and many Canadian citizens come to Monaco to visit, work, or stay each year. Beginning in 2021, Canadians traveling to Monaco for the purposes of tourism will need to acquire an ETIAS for Monaco in order to enter the territory of Monaco.
The ETIAS is a new initiative launched within the Schengen Area that aims to promote public safety and security with the Schengen states while combatting the threat of terrorism. This security initiative will allow Canadians and other visitors to enjoy their time in Monaco, and in the Schengen Area as a whole, in greater freedom.
How Can Canadians Apply for ETIAS to Visit Monaco?
To apply for ETIAS to visit Monaco, Canadian citizens must complete and submit an online form, providing such personal information as their name, address, and date of birth, their travel plans for their time in Monaco, their passport number, and any pertinent details regarding their health status or criminal history.
To successfully submit this form, applicants must also have a valid Canadian passport, a means of electronic payment for the application processing fee (debit/credit card), and a valid email address. The email address provided must be operational, since the ETIAS, once approved, will be delivered electronically to the applicant.
Traveling to Monaco from Canada With the ETIAS Authorization
Most Canadian nationals who apply for ETIAS to visit Monaco receive their ETIAS approval just a couple of minutes after submitting their application. Once the ETIAS for Monaco has been received, it is advisable to print a hard copy of this approval and place it with the passport which will be used for travel, as visitors are sometimes asked to produce their ETIAS when entering Monaco or the Schengen Area in general.
The ETIAS Monaco for Canadians is valid for 3 years from date of approval. Within these 3 years, holders may enter the Schengen Area for up to 90 days at a time within one 180-day period, and may return multiple times on the same ETIAS as long as they respect these restrictions. One advantage of the ETIAS for Monaco is that it allows Canadians to travel freely not just within the territory of Monaco itself, but anywhere within the Schengen Area without additional paperwork.
Basic Information About Monaco
The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state on the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by water on one side and by France on three sides. It is also located very close to Italy.
Monaco is less than 1 square mile in area but has a population of around 40,000, making it relatively densely populated.
Monte Carlo is the largest city on the territory of Monaco. The official language of Monaco is French, though Italian and a number of regional languages are also spoken.
Monaco is not an EU member state, but it is a member of the Eurozone.
Passport and Document requirements
In order to successfully obtain an ETIAS for Monaco, it is required that Canadian nationals have a valid Canadian passport. Applicants are advised to ensure both that their passport has at least two blank pages (to receive entry stamps at their Schengen port of entry) and that it will remain valid for six months or more after their intended date of entry into Monaco/ the Schengen Area.
ETIAS requirements for Canadians also specify that ETIAS authorization is tied to the passport used when submitting the ETIAS application. This means that ETIAS holders must travel on the passport with which they applied for their ETIAS, or they may be denied entry into Schengen territory. Furthermore, the ETIAS for Monaco cannot be transferred between passports, and if the passport to which the ETIAS is attached expires, the ETIAS itself is no longer useable.
Monaco is famous for being a glamorous riviera resort destination for the wealthy and famous, as well as for ordinary visitors from across the globe. Famous events that take place in Monaco include the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, performances by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ballets de Monte Carlo ballet company, and the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis tournament.
Monaco also has a variety of historic attractions, such as the Prince’s Palace, the Oceanographic Museum, and the Monte Carlo Opera House.
Additionally, Monaco is a great place for watersports, sailing, and sunbathing.
Health Information for Travelers to Monaco
Healthcare in Monaco is of an excellent standard, and Canadian travelers who need to be treated while in Monaco will be well taken care of. However, visitors to the Schengen Area are not automatically covered for medical costs, and Canadian nationals are strongly encouraged to arrange travel or health insurance before they leave Canada so as to avoid incurring large medical bills while abroad.
To reach the emergency services in Monaco, the number to dial is 112.
Canadian Embassies and Consulates in Monaco
The Canadian Honorary Consulate in Monaco
Address: Le Mercator, 9th floor 7, rue de l’Industrie, 98000 Monaco
Telephone: (+377) 99 99 67 23