The small European state of Monaco is a popular destination for Canadians, and many Canadian citizens go to Monaco to visit, work, or stay each year. Beginning in 2022, Canadians travelling to Monaco for the purposes of tourism or business will need to acquire an ETIAS for Monaco in order to enter the territory.
The ETIAS is a new initiative that aims to promote public safety and security within the Schengen Area by tackling cross-border crime and irregular migration. ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorisation that will allow Canadians and other non-EU citizens to spend up to 90 days in Monaco or any of the other Schengen countries.
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.
Travelling to Monaco from Canada with the ETIAS authorisation
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 linked to the chip inside the applicant’s biometric passport, the visa waiver will be verified on crossing the border.
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. The passport must be biometric to allow for the visa waiver to be digitally linked.
ETIAS requirements for Canadians specify that the same passport is used when submitting the ETIAS application and travelling to Monaco. 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 travellers to Monaco
Healthcare in Monaco is of an excellent standard, and Canadian travellers 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