Visas for Monaco

Do you require a visa for entering Monaco?

-  Foreign nationals who are permitted to enter metropolitan France for a short visit without a visa are allowed to enter Monaco without a visa.

-  Foreign nationals who hold a residence permit issued by a Schengen State are also authorised to enter and stay in Monaco.

-  Holders of a valid Schengen visa covering France or a visa with limited territorial validity (LTV) for France are permitted to enter and stay in Monaco.

-  Holders of an LTV visa that is not valid for France may not enter Monaco.

-  Holders of a Schengen visa should be in a position to produce documents in support of the purpose and conditions of their visit to Monaco.

Short-stay visa for Monaco

The procedure for applying for a short-stay visa for Monaco follows the same conditions and rules applicable to the Schengen visa.

If the purpose of your visit is to carry on a paid activity during a short stay, you must additionally attach the work contract endorsed by the Employment Department of the Principality (in lieu of a temporary work permit issued by a French regional directorate for competition, consumption, labour and employment – DIRECCTE).

This work contract endorsed by the Employment Department of the Principality may be substituted by an “offer of employment” drawn up by the Employment Department for visit periods below three months for persons working in the performing arts.

Three- to six-month visas for those with a temporary work contract

Those who have a temporary work contract endorsed by the Employment Department of the Principality of Monaco for a period exceeding three months and below six months must apply for a temporary long-stay visa. This visa does not permit its holder to settle in Monaco. The validity period of the visa issued runs concurrently with the work contract period, not exceeding six months.

Specific supporting document:
Visa applicants must furnish a work contract endorsed by the Employment Department of the Principality.

Long-stay visa

All long-stay visas are subject to prior consultations with the Monegasque authorities. No reason is assigned for rejected visa applications.

- Long-stay visa waiver

European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland nationals can apply for long-stay visas directly to the Monegasque authorities. Foreigners who have been living in France for over a year can also apply directly.

- Supporting documents to be submitted for a long-stay visa:

 All documents must be submitted in two copies. One set will be sent to the Monegasque authorities as part of the mandatory prior consultation.
 The entire set of documents must be accompanied by their translations in French, or English.

 All listed documents must be submitted.
 If deemed necessary, the Visa Section may require the applicant to submit additional documents.
 The visa fee structure is the same as that applicable to Schengen and national visas.

1. An ordinary passport or other recognised travel document valid for at least three months from the expiry date of the visa applied for. This document must have at least two fresh pages. Please attach previous and cancelled passports, if any.

2. Long-stay visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.

3. 3 recent photographs of the applicant. Please check photograph specifications here.

4. Police record clearance.

5. Affidavit declaring that you have never been convicted or declared bankrupt and that you are not currently under trial or investigation by the courts of law or the police.

6. Accommodation proof: lease deed or undertaking of a lease/ property deed/ free accommodation certificate issued by the Monaco public security authority.

7. Documents on purpose of stay (any one of the following):

-  a work contract endorsed by the Employment Department of the Principality

-  an application for permission to establish a business or company

-  proof of marriage for spouses of French, Monegasque or foreign nationals whose residence is in Monaco

-  a bank attestation certifying that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence in Monaco

8. Third country nationals residing in India must furnish supporting documents attesting to the legality and the authorised duration of their residence here.

Long stay: studies in Monaco, residence in France

If you wish to pursue studies (exceeding a period of 90 days) in Monaco but reside in France, you must apply for a long-stay “visitor” visa for France and furnish proof of your admission to a Monegasque institution of education.

Important note

When you arrive at French immigrations, apart from your valid passport bearing a visa (except nationals qualifying for a visa waiver), you should also be in a position to produce the following:

-  supporting documents for your stay in France (if visiting for touristic purposes: hotel reservation, subscription to a package tour, etc.; for professional purposes: attestation letter from employer, invitation letter from a French organisation, etc.; for a private trip: "Attestation d’accueil – form referenced as CERFA 10798*03 – issued by the competent French Town Hall/gendarmerie and signed by the host who will provide the applicant’s accommodation).

-  financial proof of subsistence in France (cash, traveller’s cheques, valid international credit card, etc.)

-  guarantee of return to your country of origin (confirmed air ticket, etc.).

-  A Schengen visa does not authorise you to enter a French overseas department or territory.

-  Nationals from a State that is not a Member of the European Union or European Economic Area, or from Switzerland, irrespective of whether they require a visa to enter the Schengen Area, must mandatorily take a travel medical insurance policy of not less than 30,000 Euros. The policy must cover medical and hospitalisation expenses for the entire period of valid stay on Schengen territory as well as repatriation costs.

Last modified on 20/01/2017

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