All about diagnostic tests

All about diagnostic tests

Last update: 02/07/2020

The Principality has launched its COVID-19 serological testing campaign for the country’s entire resident population, followed by employees who work in Monaco.

To enable more effective detection and help to prevent the spread of the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, the results of these tests will be used for epidemiological research and to guide the Principality of Monaco’s public health policy.

Tests are voluntary and free of charge, and your results will be subject to medical confidentiality. In the event of a positive test, a protocol is in place to ensure that you will be seen by a doctor.

This page is updated regularly to provide information on testing times and locations.

Testing campaign for Monegasque nationals, residents, school pupils and employees

The Government is organising catch-up sessions on a more ad hoc basis for those who may have missed their turn.
These sessions, which will continue to be voluntary and free of charge, will be for residents, school pupils and employees of the Principality and will no longer be arranged by alphabetical order of last name.

Tuesday 7 July

Espace Léo Ferré
from 8.30 am to 6 pm non stop

Tuesday 14 July

Espace Léo Ferré
from 8.30 am to 6 pm non stop

For more information : 92 05 55 00

All residents of the Principality and all employees working in the Principality who wish to be tested will be able to receive a free test. Tests are, of course, voluntary.

A total of nearly 90,000 people will be tested in the Principality.

No, testing will be carried out on a voluntary basis. The Prince’s Government is nonetheless offering tests to all residents and all employees of the Principality.

If the test is positive, the patient will be offered a full blood test to confirm the initial result. This blood sample will have to be carried out in a laboratory on the prescription of a doctor from the test centre who will be on site. This second test will also be borne by the State.

Results will be provided within 1–2 days. If the second test confirms the positive result, the patient will then be invited for a PCR test.

If the finger prick blood test is negative, this means that the patient has never come into contact with the virus. There is no further action to be taken, except to comply with general health guidelines (physical distancing, wearing a mask, hand hygiene, etc.).

The PCR test is a non-invasive test which takes just a few seconds. Some people will find it more painful than others, depending on their level of sensitivity. To confirm whether the virus is present or not, a sample of cells is taken from deep in the nose using a swab, a type of long cotton-bud that is inserted up to around 15 cm into the nasal cavities. It takes between three and six hours to analyse a sample, not including the time required to transport it.

The PCR test is based on detecting the virus’s genome in a nasopharyngeal sample. This confirms whether or not the person is infected with the virus at the time the test is carried out. The serological test looks for IgM and IgG antibodies that are specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a blood sample. It determines a person’s immune status, in other words, whether they are immune to the virus, even if they have not had any COVID-19 symptoms.

The location to which you will need to go to be tested will be indicated by the Prince’s Government. Sur l’ensemble de la Principauté, there will be three sites for patients across the Principality: Grimaldi Forum and Espace Léo Ferré.

There will be no point in turning up if it's not your day of invitation.

For organisational purposes and to limit patient waiting times, each person will be given a day.

All costs of the testing will be borne by the State. Patients who would like more than one test will need to contact a laboratory or a general practitioner. Any additional tests will be at their own expense.

Blood samples will be taken by nursing staff, Monaco Red Cross volunteers and trained staff from the Police Department. All tests will be conducted under the supervision of doctors from the Department of Health Affairs.

The result will be available within around 10 minutes, so you will be directly informed.

The Prince’s Government will share the results of this database, while preserving the anonymity of those tested.

Complete confidentiality of this medical information is guaranteed by the Data Protection Authority of Monaco (CCIN).

We cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected.

The aim is both to reassure people in the Principality and to assess seroprevalence, in other words the percentage of the population that has come into contact with the virus. This will help to determine the spread of the virus and the degree of natural immunity in the population.

The test is a serological test known as a rapid diagnostic test.

It involves taking a quick drop of blood from your fingertip. It is not painful and patients do not need to take any special precautions. There is no need to avoid food or drink before the test.

Results will be available within around 10 minutes.


The COVID-19 testing campaign conducted by the Prince’s Government has allowed nearly 35,000 people to be tested in the Principality.

Those tested have expressed their satisfaction at being able to find out their serological status quickly and free of charge.

As of 15 June, of the 35,000 people tested, a total of 983 rapid diagnostic tests were positive. Following serological confirmation through a full blood test, 228 people were confirmed to be positive, representing 0.67% of all those tested.

Only one case of active COVID-19 was identified and was subject to monitoring protocols.

In addition to Monegasque residents and employees, the following were tested:

  • 259 children under 5 at Grimaldi Forum and in crèches
  • 2.377 school pupils at test sites
  • 5.838 people over 65 in their homes if they had trouble travelling

Between 8.30 am and 6 pm at the Espace Léo Ferré on Tuesdays 23 June, 30 June, 7 July and 14 July.

Yes, as in all public spaces in the Principality, masks must be worn.

In accordance with current health measures, we recommend that you bring your own pen.
However, you will be provided with a disinfected pen at the test centre if required.

Yes. Children must also wear a mask. .


No, no one will be placed in quarantine immediately, unless they are showing relevant clinical symptoms (in addition to a positive test), such as a fever, cough, etc.
Quarantine will only be enforced if necessary.

A discussion with doctors will explain why additional tests are in the patient’s interests.

Neither your family nor your employer will have access to your test results. Only you will have access to these results, alongside the doctor and health professionals.

No, you will be issued with a medical certificate (even if you are not ill) to justify your absence from work.

The Principality has launched free COVID-19 serological tests for its entire resident population. From 2 June, it will be the turn of the Principality’s employees to be tested.

Please don’t worry if you missed your slot! You can come and take the test whenever you want from Tuesday 2 June between 7.30am and 6pm in the Espace Ravel of the Grimaldi Forum.

Tests are free, quick and confidential, and will tell you if you have come into contact with the virus. You will also be able to let your friends and family know if you test positive. Get a test and enjoy peace of mind!

Yes, you can be tested , you will need to show an ID and a proof of employment (work permit or CCSS card (Social Services Compensation Fund), or payslip, letter from employer)

You should bring with you the completed blood test authorisation below and wear a mask.  It is also advised to bring your own pen.

This test is on a voluntary basis and is free of charge. Your employer cannot oblige you to take this test.

The test results are covered by medical confidentiality and your employer will not be informed of them.

If you wish to take this test, your employer must make time available for you to attend a testing centre during your working hours. You will find the schedule for the screening centre at the top of this page.

No, the results of the free rapid diagnostic tests will be provided to the person concerned and to their doctor, if their test is positive. Medical confidentiality will be maintained.

Test results will be used for epidemiological research and to guide the Principality of Monaco’s public health policy.

Yes. Bring proof of employment with you on the day of your test.

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