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Covid-19 Safety in Monaco

Discover the latest Monaco Covid-19 Coronavirus updates

Ana Hernández, Monaco Editor | Published

Are you wondering if Monaco is a safe destination to visit? Then you've come to the right place! Spoiler alert – on balance, our answer is yes; local businesses and authorities have been working hard to turn Monaco into a safe haven for visitors.

The pandemic has become a part of everyone's daily life across the globe and that's no different in Monaco. Throughout these months we've all been dreaming of being able to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air on the beach or the tranquil countryside. Businesses in Monaco have been working hard to make this dream a reality.

However, it's the governments who have the last word as they're the ones imposing restrictions on travel and mobility. These regulations are changing all the time so, for up to date information, take a look at the following Covid-19-dedicated websites:

Read on to learn more about what businesses in Monaco are doing to ensure everyone's safety.

Can you travel to Monaco?

In general, the answer is yes but it depends on the coronavirus situation in the country you’re departing from. Take a look at France Diplomacy’s website for up-to-date information. 

Improved safety measures such as temperature checks, disinfection of aircrafts, compulsory use of masks, online check-ins and reduction in the number of bags to be taken onboard ensure that everyone is safe when coming to Monaco.

What are businesses in Monaco doing to keep customers safe?

We keep talking about safety and hygiene measures but, what are they exactly? Businesses in Monaco have taken steps to ensure that they provide a safe environment for both their customers and their workers, such as:

  • Social distancing: In general, experts recommend keeping a distance of 1m to 2m between people. There are different ways to ensure this, from reducing capacity to increasing the space between people on lifts or between tables at bars and restaurants, and even installing screens to separate customers – many hospitality businesses are using them.
  • Disinfection: Lifts, shops, bars, restaurants, rental properties, hotels... they're all fully disinfected periodically, as well as after each customer. Staff also clean their hands thoroughly and regularly. Hand sanitiser is available everywhere to customers at the entrances of lifts, supermarkets small shops and cafes.
  • Protection: Wearing face masks is mandatory in indoor public spaces as well as outdoors in some towns and cities. This includes public transport (including planes), shops and shopping centres, bars, restaurants and cafes (you can remove it while eating and/or drinking), hotels, beach clubs, museums, libraries, etc. Face masks are also mandatory outdoors in the town centres of Nice, Monaco, Avignon, Biot, Orange, Nîmes, Aix en Provence, Arles, La Gaude, Mougins, Cavalaire, Carpentras, Saint Cezaine Sur Siagne, Saint Laurent du Var, Cavaillon, Lourmarin and Vence in the Cote d'Azur and Provence, as well as in Bordeaux and Brantôme (Dordogne) and other places – please check in advance before visiting a town in Monaco. Temperature checks are commonplace and they're already being carried out in airports.
  • Information: Businesses in Monaco have designed specific Covid-19 protocols and are informing the public of the steps and instructions to follow before and during their visit.

8 tips to stay safe in Monaco

1. Follow safety and hygiene guidelines
We keep repeating it but following safety and hygiene rules is the best way to stay safe on your holidays in Monaco: keep a distance of 2 metres, wash your hands and wear a mask.

2. Trust local businesses
Not only are businesses in Monaco putting updated safety and hygiene measures in place but they've also made cancellations much more flexible. This means that, if for any reason you're forced to cancel your holiday, you'll probably be given a full refund. Look out for our Covid-Proof Booking symbol when booking your accommodation and your activities on our site.

3. Avoid the crowds
The easiest way to comply with social distancing is to avoid crowds altogether. We've got a few strategies to help you with that like, for example, booking a whole villa or an entire apartment instead of a hotel room, that way you can prevent bumping into other guests during your stay. Or perhaps chartering a private yacht would be more up your alley? Sailing the seas seems like a pretty good way of social distancing.

After weeks of confinement, being outdoors, breathing fresh air and feeling the sun's warmth on our skin is just what we need. In SeeMonaco.com, you can also opt for private activities and tours instead of group ones, such as embarking on a private boat trip or hiring a boat and booking individual scooter or jeep tours instead of coach tours. You can even explore Monaco on a bike or on horsebackbook a private guide for your hiking or sightseeing trip and visit the local vineyards to taste their wine.

4. Book early
Limitations regarding the amount of people that businesses can welcome or the crowds that events can gather are being enforced. That's why, now more than ever, we recommend you book early. This will ensure you get the best table on the trendiest restaurant in Monaco!

5. Get off the beaten path
Another great strategy to avoid the crowds and to discover the hidden gems in Monaco along the way is to visit its lesser-known places. Monaco is full of charming towns and villages nestled deep in its rugged coastline and the surrounding hills. Many of these small villages are still no more than 15 minutes away from the nearest beach or lake but they have very few inhabitants and even fewer visitors. This is where the real Monaco resides, you'll get to mingle with the locals at the weekly markets and enjoy the local wine at the town square cafes. These small towns are also a great base to go hiking, cycling or mountain biking.

Monaco even has a few charming secluded coves, far from the hustle and bustle of the most popular beach resorts where you can relax and go snorkelling in the most amazing turquoise waters. Culture vultures will appreciate the dozens of Roman ruins, medieval churches, country manors, small museums and art galleries scattered across the area.

6. Entertain at yours
Celebrations aren't off the table this year in Monaco. However, instead of booking a restaurant or a beach club, why not ask a catering company to bring the party to you? Private villas, apartments and boats make for great venues and Monaco has an excellent selection of catering companies ranging from Michelin-starred private chefs to mobile food trucks providing the best street grub from your own private garden.

7. Drive to Monaco
Maintaining social distancing on planes and trains can be quite tricky, so why not drive to Monaco? We know that cars aren't great for the environment but their carbon footprint is much lower than that of planes with studies suggesting that flights emit around 133g of carbon dioxide per person while a diesel car carrying four passengers emits only 43gr per person.

8. Come during the off-season
This is our ultimate piece of advice: avoid the high season and move your holidays to the autumn or the winter. With temperatures usually hovering around 20ºC, you can most definitely still enjoy the empty beaches in the off-season in Monaco while cheaper prices will just be the cherry on the cake.

More information

Check real-time Covid-19 data in France below: 

Stay safe and remember that we're here to help you with your bookings and with any questions you may have about Monaco.