Last update: 13/11/2020

On 21 September 2020, the Italian Ministry of Health issued a new ordinance updating the list of countries and regions for which a molecular test (or swab or PCR) is compulsory for travellers from those countries who enter Italian territory.

It should be noted that the Principality of Monaco remains excluded from the list of countries for which preventive health measures are in place.

However, the Ordinance requires a molecular test (PCR) to be carried out on anyone entering Italy from the French regions of “Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Ile-de-France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (French Riviera)”, when travellers have stayed in or crossed these areas in the previous 14 days.

Persons who reside in the Principality of Monaco, even if they cross a French region overland for a distance of a few kilometres, are therefore affected by this measure and are obliged to take a PCR test.

Yes. The Monegasque Bus Company (CAM) is resuming normal service for all buses, including the Bateau Bus (water bus). The only exceptions to this are the night services, N1 and N2, which will remain closed.

The following health measures apply:

  • The wearing of masks is mandatory on public transport
  • Tickets can be purchased on board, on condition that you pay the exact amount
  • Tickets are also available from the 12 automatic ticket machines located throughout the Principality, and the shop at 22/24 Rue du Gabian is open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

The following procedures continue to apply:

  • Buses will be disinfected twice a day
  • Dispensers of hydro-alcoholic gel have been installed in every bus
  • Buses will stop at every stop (to avoid the need for people to press the buttons)
  • Passenger information showing the direction in which you should walk when boarding, leaving and while on the bus, is displayed on the floor and doors of the bus
  • It is forbidden to get off the bus  at the front

About buses for and from France

Buses for and from France are resuming their’re normal service.

Zest bus: 

About trains

For real-time information on trains to and from Monaco you can consult the following link :

To plan your travel in the Principality, you can download the Citymapper app, where information is updated daily by the Prince’s Government as the situation changes.

Yes, of course but don’t forget to wash your hands carefully or use hand sanitiser before and after each time you rent a bike.

Use the PBSC app to check where you can pick up a bike before you go out.

Useful links

Wearing a mask is mandatory on buses and bus boats. Social distancing is also recommended..

The health rules which apply at Monaco railway station are the same as those that apply in any other space open to the public in Monaco, as well as at French railway stations, i.e. social distancing and the wearing of masks are mandatory both in stations and on trains. .

In France, law enforcement and rail transport police officers will be conducting screening at the entrances to major railway stations.

Failure to wear a mask will be punishable by a fine of €135 (France).

Pleasure craft with a home port outside Monaco can now make a port of call in Monaco once again.

Yachts with a crew should submit a medical declaration of health to the Marine and Airport Police Division of the Police Department 48 hours before making a port of call.

All vessels wishing to make a port of call in Monaco must comply with the health protocol decided upon by the COVID-19 Unit.

Arrival or return from abroad

Regardless of nationality, except people coming from France, anyone who wishes to enter the Principality from either:

  • A country outside Europe
  • A country within Europe which has recorded more than 60 cases per 100,000 people in 14 days (areas marked red, and dark orange on the following map:

must contact the COVID-19 Call Centre (on from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm 7 days a week or at ) as soon as they arrive in Monaco and provide the following information:

  • First Name and Surname
  • Nationality
  • Residence or address in the Principality
  • Employment status
  • Country you are arriving/returning from
  • Date of departure, date of return/arrival
  • Phone number
  • Email address


Those concerned must:

  • Either supply evidence of a negative PCR test carried out in their country of origin 72 hours before their arrival in the Principality
  • Or agree to undergo a PCR test in Monaco and self-isolate until the result is available

The PCR test must be carried out in a medical biology laboratory (Fontvieille laboratory in the Principality of Monaco or a laboratory that features on this list:

In the event of a positive PCR test result or a refusal to submit a test, quarantine measures will be imposed.

The Department of Health Affairs will make a decision, as quickly as possible, on the action to be taken by the person concerned:

  • Return to work or self-isolation
  • Decision to place in quarantine by the Director of Health Affairs


If staying at a hotel

Regardless of nationality, anyone who is temporarily staying at a hotel in the Principality and has come from either:

  • A country outside Europe
  • A country within Europe which has recorded more than 60 cases per 100,000 people in 14 days (areas marked red, and dark orange on the following map

must provide evidence of a negative PCR test carried out in the country they have come from less than 72 hours before their planned arrival in the Principality, complete the declaration form which can be downloaded below and hand it to the person designated to receive it by the hotel.

Anyone who has not undergone a PCR test, or whose result is dated more than 72 hours before their planned arrival, will be refused access to the hotel.

Anyone who has been ill while travelling, is ill when they arrive or whose PCR test is positive will be asked to self-isolate in their room.

In the event of a positive PCR test, a decision on quarantine will be taken by the Director of Health Affairs.

Map of European countries:

Map showing countries outside Europe:

Before travelling abroad, check the risk in the country concerned and consult the website to find out if you can visit it.

Anyone coming from a risk area must either supply evidence of a negative PCR test carried out in their country of origin 72 hours before their arrival in the Principality, or agree to undergo a PCR test in Monaco and self-isolate until the result is available.
To find out whether your country of origin is considered a risk area, please check the following regularly updated map on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website:

The Principality considers countries to be risk areas if they have 20 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days (marked red, dark orange and light orange on the maps).
Map of European countries:
Map showing countries outside Europe:

No.  You cannot cross French territory for leisure purposes in Italy.  Moreover, persons entering Italy are required to take a molecular test (PCR), with the specific exception of transits of less than 36 hours.


A molecular test (PCR) is mandatory for people entering Italy, with the following exceptions:

  • Persons entering Italy for a period not exceeding 120 hours for proven needs for work, health or absolute urgency
  • Transit, by private means, through Italian territory, for a period not exceeding 36 hours
  • Qualified health-care professionals entering Italy for the exercise of professional health occupations
  • Cross-border workers entering and leaving the national territory for proven work reasons and their subsequent return to their residence, accommodation or place where they are staying
  • Personnel from businesses and entities whose main or secondary office is in Italy, for trips abroad for proven work needs of a duration not exceeding 120 hours
  • Civil servants and officials, whatever their designation, of the European Union or international organisations, diplomatic agents, administrative and technical staff of diplomatic missions, consular officials and employees, and military and police personnel carrying out their duties
  • Pupils and students, to follow a course of study in a State other than their State of residence, dwelling or abode, to which they return every day or at least once a week
  • Crews of means of transport

Amateur sports trips outside the country which are not for the purposes of regional championships or qualifying games for subsequent competitions have been suspended.

In a similar vein, non-sports trips outside the country offered by youth organisations are not authorised.

The Prince’s Government recommends avoiding non-essential travel to regions with a high incidence of the virus.

The Government has decided to limit the number of passengers on buses. CAM will increase the frequency of services during busy periods to mitigate these restrictions.

No.  The travel restrictions in France do not allow you to travel back and forth between your secondary residence outside Monaco and your main residence in Monaco. You can only go to your secondary residence if you had decided to make it your main dwelling BEFORE the lockdown in France and you need to go to the Principality for professional reasons.

Due to the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, the Italian authorities have adopted new restrictions with regard to the health situation.

The Decree-Act (DPCM) that will be in force from 6 November to 3 December establishes three categories of virus transmission risk relating to the various Italian regions:

  • Red Zone, indicating maximum risk: Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta and Calabria
  • Orange Zone, indicating high risk: Sicily and Puglia
  • Yellow Zone, indicating moderate risk: other regions


At the national level, the following restrictions apply in these three zones (red, orange or yellow):

  • A curfew from 10 pm to 05 am (except for work or health reasons or necessity); a certificate (available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior) is now required for all movements during curfew times
  • Closure of museums and exhibitions, shows, congresses, sports halls and swimming pools
  • Closure of catering services on an establishment's premises (bars, pubs, restaurants, ice-cream parlours, etc.) at 6 pm; takeaway sales are still permitted until 10 pm
  • The requirement to wear a mask at all times: in enclosed places that are accessible to the public, and also in enclosed places other than private homes, and outside
  • Indoor or outdoor festivities, except those related to civil or religious ceremonies (max. 30 people) are prohibited
  • It is recommended to avoid festivities in private homes and to refrain from entertaining anyone from outside the household (max. 6 people)

For more information on the restrictions applicable in each area of the country, see:

The test is free of charge and can be taken without a prescription.

Either on the day of arrival: an antigen test with an immediate result or a PCR test with the result communicated within 72 hours.

A non-exhaustive list of airports offering these tests can be consulted on the website of the French Embassy in Italy, only in french (see the question "Je dois faire mon test de dépistage pour venir en Italie : où me conseillez-vous de le faire ?").

Or within 48 hours of arrival:  travellers will be required to contact the local health agency in their region (list by region) in order to take the test within 48 hours of entering Italy.

While waiting to take the test, travellers will be obliged to self-isolate in a place of their choice.

If the test carried out in Italy is positive, the person travelling will be placed in isolation (in accommodation at his or her own expense) and will not be permitted to leave Italy until after the ten-day quarantine period (with at least three days without symptoms) and following a negative test.

In the case of a long-term positive test, quarantine can be lifted after 21 days, provided the patient has been symptom-free for at least a week.

It is therefore preferable to take a test before arriving in Italy, to avoid any inconvenience.

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