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by Zsolt Szemerszky

Zsolt Szemerszky

Giving birth in Monaco

Giving birth in Monaco

One of the most common choices for the delivery of the baby is the state-run Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG, Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace).

After giving birth to a new life, the family has four days to declare the birth at the Mairie de Monaco (Town Hall). When you declare the birth in order to apply for childbirth allowance the Mairie de Monaco gives you a standard letter. By this time, you also need to be sure about the name.

It is a very important thing to know that giving birth to a child in the territory of the Principality of Monaco does not mean that the child automatically receives the Monégasque nationality.

Based on law the following has Monégasque nationality:

  • »  any person born in Monaco or abroad of a Monégasque father
  • »  any person born in Monaco or abroad of a mother born Monégasque who still had this nationality at the time of the birth and of an unknown father;
  • »  any person born in Monaco of unknown parents.

With regards to legitimate offspring, Monégasque nationality is passed on without it being necessary to fulfil any other condition; on the other hand, in the case of natural offspring, this handing-on of nationality only takes place if the child is recognized or legitimized by marriage of its parents.

Right after the birth, you are obliged to inform the authorities of the birth and the change in your circumstances. If you are not Monégasque citizen, you have to declare the birth at the Embassy of your country of origin.

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