Covid-19: the French “persona non grata” in Monaco – Economy


Relations between the Principality of Monaco and France are straining, while traffic restrictions to limit the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 virus are increasing in Europe. And this is bad news for holidaymakers who have traveled to the south-east of France to spend a few days by the sea …

Weapon pass and restrictions between France and Monaco

It all started when France decided to close the borders within the European Union by limiting access from abroad to only people who may have a negative Covid-19 test carried out a maximum of 72 hours before. The Monegasques were included in the decision … which limited their movements, and which did not please the government of the principality.

For Monaco, this decision which limits access to France to Monegasque nationals and, above all, to French people residing in the principalities is quite simply contrary to the Franco-Monegasque convention which establishes free movement between the two countries, for nationals of both countries.

Relaxation on the French side, hardening on the Monegasque side

Faced with complicated rules that limit the movement of Monegasques, the principality has decided to do the same. And this even if the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes relaxed, Saturday February 13, 2021, the rules and authorizing residents of Monaco to enter the Alpes-Maritimes for a maximum of 24 hours without a PCR test (but no longer).

Monaco has therefore announced that from Sunday February 14, 2021, it will be the same for the French: frontier workers, students, school children and residents of the Alpes-Maritimes have the right to travel to Monaco without a PCR test for a period of 24 hours. For other French residents, and for periods longer than 24 hours, a PCR test of less than 72 hours is now mandatory to return to Monaco, which will carry out checks at its border.

Tourists who went to the Côte-d’Azur for the February holidays are now warned: no Monaco for them.

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