CONDITIONS OF ENTRY INTO AND RESIDENCE IN THE PRINCIPALITY

The conditions for entry and residence in the Principality of Monaco vary according to the projected length of stay.

For a period not exceeding 3 months:

Foreign nationals wishing to enter the territory of the Principality of Monaco and remain for a period not exceeding three months must be in possession of the requisite document for entry into France, pursuant to the Neighbourhood Agreement of 18 May 1963 between France and Monaco, and to Sovereign Ordinance no. 3153 of 19 March 1964.

For a period exceeding 3 months:

Foreign nationals aged over 16 who wish to remain in Monaco for a period exceeding three months, or to establish residence in Monaco, must be in possession of a residence permit issued by the Monegasque authorities.

The issue of a residence permit (carte de séjour) is subject to the following formalities.

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Nationals of a European Economic Area State

Nationals of these States are not required to apply for a settlement visa.

At a prior interview with the Residents Section of the Directorate of Public Security (Direction de la Sûreté Publique), applicants will be issued with a residence permit application form and a list of the documents to be provided, which vary according to the administrative situation.

The following documents are generally required:

  • a birth certificate (extrait d’acte de naissance);
  • a clear criminal records check (extrait de casier judiciaire) or sworn statement or equivalent document;
  • a sworn statement that the applicant has no record of criminal conviction;
  • a contract of employment endorsed by the Employment Department of the Principality, or any other proof of the exercising of a profession, or a request for authorisation to set up a business or a company, or a bank reference proving sufficient means of subsistence;
  • two recent identity photographs;
  • a rental agreement or title deeds in respect of an apartment in Monaco, or a certificate of accommodation;
  • a photocopy of an electricity bill and a telephone bill
  • the applicant’s valid passport.

Nationals of a non-EEA State

Nationals of a State that is not a member of the European Economic Area must first apply for a settlement visa from the French Consulate in their home country.

Depending on the country of origin, the following documents are generally required:

  • nine copies of the duly completed application form for a long-stay visa;
  • nine recent identity photographs;
  • a copy of a rental agreement or title deeds in respect of an apartment in Monaco, or a certificate of accommodation;
  • a clear criminal records check or sworn statement or equivalent document;
  • a sworn statement that the applicant has no record of criminal conviction;
  • a contract of employment endorsed by the Employment Department of the Principality, or any other proof of the exercising of a profession, or a request for authorisation to set up a business or a company, or a bank reference proving sufficient means of subsistence;
  • a medical certificate established by a medical practitioner with Consular approval;
  • the applicant’s valid passport.

Once in possession of this visa, the applicant must apply to the Residents Section of the Directorate of Public Security for a residence permit, within eight days of arriving on Monegasque soil (the supporting documents required are identical to those required from nationals of EEA member States – see point a. above).

Nationals of a non-EEA State already living in France

An applicant who has been living in France for at least one year will not be required to apply for a settlement visa.

Instead, the applicant should submit an application to establish residence to the French Consul-General in Monaco, containing the following documents:

  • the applicant’s request
  • a detailed individual information form
  • a photocopy of the applicant’s residence permit for France
  • a photocopy of the applicant’s passport

An applicant who has been living in France for less than one year must apply for a settlement visa to the Consul-General of France in the applicant’s place of residence immediately prior to residence in France, before applying to the Residents Section of the Directorate of Public Security for a residence permit (carte de séjour), as set out in point b. above.

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