Reloation guide for expats moving to Monaco



Glitzy Monaco is a travel destination filled with luxury and sophistication. Living off purely on the comings and goings of tourists, businessmen and wealthy personas, Monaco glistens with exclusive, high-class culture. It is inviting to an array of countries due to the tax free nature of the businesses there, hence the pull for expats from the world over. We’ve got some invaluable information for those of you who want to work and live in Monaco. 


Expat Clubs

International Women’s Club of the Riviera

The IWCR welcomes English-speaking women from all over the world living some or all of the time in the Alpes‐Maritimes and Monaco. The Club offers a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities and you will find the IWCR is the perfect way to meet people and make new friends.

Address: The Grange, 815 chemin des Gourettes, 06370 Mouans Sartoux



International Schools 

The International School of Monaco

ISM offers a broad, international education to over 500 children of many different nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds. In ‘Early Years’ and in the Primary School ISM is genuinely bilingual with subject lessons taught in French and English. Expectations are high and the curriculum is rigorous. Its content is based on international primary curriculums with elements of the English and French systems. Programmes of study are adapted to suit the needs of international children studying in Monaco.

Curriculum: IGCSE, International Baccalaureate

Address: 10 - 12 Quai Antoine Premier 98000 Monaco

Tel: +37793256820

Fax: +37793256830

Local News in English

The Riviera Times            

This is the English-language newspaper for the French – Italian Riviera and the Principality of Monaco.



Monaco Life

The number-one source of independent news and information about Monaco, in English, operating through their linked media, Monaco Today, the daily newsletter.


Country Information 

Location: Europe

Capital City: Monaco-Ville

Other Important Cities: Monte Carlo

Currency: Euro €

Language: French

Calling Code: +377

Internet TLD: .mc

Electricity: The country runs on 220V 50Hz. Electricity is provided by Société Monégasque de l'Electricité et du Gaz SMEG.

Address: 10 Avenue de Fontvieille, Monaco

Tel: Tel: (+377) 92 05 05 00

Fax: (+377) 92 05 05 92

Website (French):


Emergency Numbers:

SOS: 112

Fire, Accident, Emergency: 18, +377 93 30 19 45

Police: 17, +377 93 15 30 15


Country Information

Embassy Information

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Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Foreigners visiting Monaco must obtain a visa through a French embassy or consulate in their home or host country. The short-stay visa is valid for up to three months. A Schengen visa is also valid, provided Monaco is not the primary destination.

For extended stays beyond three months, expats will need a long-stay visa, also can be obtained through a French embassy or consulate. A long stay visa is also needed to apply for residency.

Documents required:
  • Passport valid for at least three months beyond the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen states (+ 4 copies of the identification page). Please make sure your passport has a blank page to affix the visa.
  • 5 long stay application forms completely and clearly filled out. Please print in black. Indicate also your phone numbers and e-mail.
  • Translation in English of the long stay visa application form. Don’t glue or staple the photograph.
  • 5 photographs (more information about the photograph). All photos must be recent, identical, passport size - 1,4" x 1,7" (3,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing face front the forehead hairline and ears on a white background, the face must take up 70-80% of the photograph.
  • Proof of resident status in the USA and its copy.( green card, valid US visa and copy of valid I-20 or valid I-AP66, visas…) if you are not a US citizen. Applications for a short stay visa from holders of B1/B2 visas in the United States are subject to a heavier and longer procedure, and the personal appearance is required.
  • Financial guarantee such as :

             -    Letter from your bank stating that you have sufficient means of support to live in France;

             -   Justification of retirement pensions;

             -   A notarized declaration of your sponsor stating that he/she will be responsible for all your expenses and a                       proof of his/her assets.

  • A note, dated and signed by the applicant, stating that he/she does not intend to have in France a paid professional activity which requires a work permit.
  • Proof of medical insurance with coverage valid in France. Letter from the insurance company only
  • A non criminal record certificate to be obtained from the police’s office of your city of residence.
  • A lease or lease agreement, a certificate of lodging, a deed or a written commitment to show such a document to the public authorities within three month from the arrival in Monaco.
  • A notarized letter stating that you have never been bankrupt in the US or in any other country;
  • Depending on what you intend to do in Monaco :

             -   An employment contract signed by the Labor Department in Monaco ;

             -   An authorization to manage a company or set up a company in Monaco ;

  • -Processing fees: payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard) ONLY. No cash, no personal checks.

From the French Embassy in Washington DC site>>


A residence permit is required as well. This can be applied for at the Direction de La Surete Publique or the Residencts Section of the Directorate of Public Security:

Address: 3-4 rue Louis Notari, 98000 Monaco

Tel: (+377) 93 15 30 17

Fax: (+377) 93 15 30 60

Website (French):

Upon successful approval, expats will be issued a Monaco Carte de Sejour, or residence permit.


Monaco’s reputation as the haven of the rich and famous renders the principality an expensive place to live in. This is most true with accommodations with 1 bedroom apartments rented at $4,000 to  $5,000 per month.

Rental apartments are easier to find in Monaco, than villas and houses. The most common point of contact when looking for accommodations is a real estate agent, although listings are also available in newspapers, and generally sweeping the neighborhoods for ‘for rent’ units. Most rentals are left unfurnished, while some are supplied with basic furniture and white goods.

Leases run for a minimum of one year. An inventory report will accompany the lease, it’s important that tenants review. It will stipulate what items are already in the apartment and their current state before tenants move in. Deposits constitute three months rent.

Driving License

EU expats may use their EU licenses to drive legally in Monaco; similarly, non-EU citizens will need a valid domestic license. Expats staying longer than three months, on an extended stay or seeking residency, they will need to exchange their domestic license for a Monaco license. If the domestic license is not valid for exchange, they will need to take a course, theory and practical exams to get a Monaco license.

Licenses can be exchanged at the Service des Titres de Circulation.

Address: 23 Avenue Albert II, B.P. 699, MC 98014 Monaco CEDEX

Tel: (+377) 93 15 80 14

Fax: (+377) 93 15 40 36

Website (French):

Documents required:
  • Completed application form
  • Original domestic license
  • Satement of license points or confirmation that the domestic license was not suspended. Document should not be more than three months old.
  • Copy of Monaco residence permit or carte de sejour
  • 33mm x 43mm recent color photo


All residents of Monaco, including expats contribute to the public healthcare system called Caisses Sociales de Monaco CSM. It is a reimbursement system that covers most of the medical costs, treatments and hospitalization. Expats are advised to obtain private insurance to augment their medical cover. Medical services in Monaco are up to Western standards.


Insurance Company

Caisses des Sociales de Monaco

This is the public healthcare system in place, open for both citizens and expat residents.

Website (French):




IM2S - Institut Monegasque de Medecine & chirurgie Sportive

Situated on the port of Monte-Carlo, IM2S welcomes everyone, wether they practice sport regularly or not, for prevention advice in order to optimise their performance, for tailor-made medical and surgical treatment, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Address: 11, Avenue d'Ostende, Monaco 98000

Tel: +377 99 99 10 00

Fax: +377 99 99 10 38


The Princess Grace Hospital

The Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace (CHPG)

(Princess Grace Hospital Centre) (PGHC) is located on an exceptional site in the hills of the Principality, and is the only public hospital in the Principality of Monaco. It addresses health and social concerns and ensures patient safety and confidence by offering high-quality treatment, personalised care and hotel services.The CHPG's multidisciplinary professional staff put their skills at the service of the public. The hospital's approach includes treatment, innovation and research into treatments and diagnoses.

Address: 1 Avenue Pasteur, 98012 Monaco

Tel: +377 97 98 99 00