Electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz. European round
2-pin plugs are used.
The official language of Monaco is French, but English
and Italian, as well as Mongasque and Occitan (local languages) are
Most hotels and restaurants add a service charge in Monaco, but
tipping extra for excellent service is appreciated. Porters/valets
usually expect a tip. It is not necessary to tip taxi drivers, as
they are self-employed.
Trips to Monaco are usually trouble-free, but the usual,
sensible precautions such as being vigilant after dark and taking
care of valuables apply.
Swimsuits, bare chests and bare feet are restricted to beaches
and swimming areas only in Monaco. Appropriate dress is required
for visits to religious buildings (Monaco is largely Roman
Catholic). Jacket and tie are required at the Casino.
Business in Monaco is usually conducted formally and suits and
ties are the norm. Greetings are made with a handshake and business
cards can be exchanged. French is the official language of Monaco,
though some English is spoken; it is best to ascertain beforehand
which language will be used. Business hours are usually 9am to 12pm
and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The international access code for Monaco is +377. The outgoing
code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the
United Kingdom). Mobile phone coverage is excellent and roaming
agreements exist with most international mobile companies (it is
best to check with phone providers). Internet cafes are common.
Currency must be declared on arrival and passengers are allowed
400 cigarettes, one litre of liquor and a reasonable amount of
perfume for personal use.