Visa and entry requirements Monaco:
Passport not required
No visa is required

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to Monaco:

The Principality of Monaco is a southern European city-state and the second smallest state in the world after the Vatican City. The sophisticated and extremely densely populated country is located on the French Mediterranean coast - Cote d' Azur, near the border with Italy.

Today, Monaco is primarily sought after as a place of residence by the world's rich and well-heeled, as the city state does not levy any income or inheritance tax and tax crimes previously committed abroad are not prosecuted. The state of Monaco is not a member of the European Union. The principality now has almost 40,000 inhabitants in an area of two square kilometers. This makes it the highest population density of any country in the world. Monaco is also the country with the highest life expectancy in the world.

Monaco has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. Monaco is the only country in the world to divide its population into three categories: native Monegasques, children of the country and wealthy foreigners. Only around 26% of the population are Monegasque, making Monaco a country of immigration. The only official language is French, but Monegasque, English and Italian are also spoken in the country. The euro is used as the official national currency.

The city state of Monaco gained worldwide attention thanks to the Monaco Grand Prix, which was held for the first time in 1929. The spectacular car race through the narrow city streets, which has been part of the Formula 1 racing calendar since 1955, is one of the three most important races in global motorsport, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 500 Miles of Indianapolis.

Monaco is considered the most expensive place in the world when it comes to home ownership. Prices per square meter for apartments range between 50,000 and more than 100,000 euros.

At the beginning of the country's economic boom was gambling, which in turn increased tourism enormously. The number of annual tourists is constantly increasing.

The city's main tourist destination is the Place du Casino, in front of the famous Casino of Monte-Carlo, the Hotel Paris and the magnificent Opera. The casino square is centrally located in the middle of the principality and, with its roundabout, is usually the first point of contact for international visitors. These facilities just mentioned impress with their historical and unique architecture.

The old town of Monaco-Ville is considered Monaco's second main tourist magnet. It is located on the so-called Prince's Rock, where the Prince's Palace, the political and private residence of the princely family, is located.

Other important sights in the principality include the exotic open-air garden “Jardin Exotique”, the Oceanographic Museum, the various marinas in Monaco, the Japanese Garden, the private antique car collection of Prince Rainier III, the Princess Grace Botanical Garden, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Saint Paul's Church, Grimaldi Forum, Metropole Shopping Center, Place du Palais, Sainte Devote Chapel, Larvotto Beach, Palace Guard, Saint Charles Church, Champions Promenade, Juan Manuel Fangio Memorial and the public beach.

I have visited Monaco three times so far, always on a day tour, i.e. in early and out in the evening. After spending the entire day in the sunny principality, I took the train back to France in the evening. Nice, 13 kilometers away, offers a wide range of inexpensive hotels. The train connections along the Mediterranean coast to neighboring France are excellent and inexpensive. You can also enjoy the beautiful view on both sides. Due to the acute lack of parking spaces in the city state, you should also avoid traveling with your own car.

This fascinating Monaco is unique and I can only recommend a visit to this other world to everyone. By the way, the countless cafes and restaurants are not as expensive as you might previously think. The prices are absolutely comparable to other European capitals.