That’s it this time the Principality has drawn its pass sanitary. After weeks of waiting, it should be operational in “a few days”, the Monegasque government assures us. In this area, Monaco has taken a very different path from France. Explanations.
The press conference announcing the health pass was eagerly awaited. We had been promised the implementation of this device for weeks. “On a waste of time” we are told on the side of the government of Monaco.
This is not so much the fault of the Monegasque authorities as it is of Europe. Because already imagined last March, the pass which is not compatible with the European pass had to adapt, the idea is that by a “conversion mechanism” it is valid throughout Europe.
This morning, the Prince’s Government unveiled the content and terms of the Monegasque Health Pass.
Find all the details in the presentation below. pic.twitter.com/vq0TRb3ZDZ
– Monaco Government (@GvtMonaco) June 24, 2021
We come a long way
Frédéric Genta, the interministerial delegate in charge of the digital transition is no secret: “It was a digital challenge, but today we are going to offer you a system that will make it possible to facilitate very concretely, in particular the movement of Monegasques and residents.”
Small step back. Three years ago, the princely government wanted to develop a digital identity system, the choice was accelerated because of the Covid.
It was then a big step that was taken because all the data relating to Covid cases, to tests and then to vaccines were recorded digitally. This is also one of the reasons why Monaco had better figures concerning the pandemic thanks to systematic tracing of its population.
Who is eligible for the pass?
First of all people vaccinated after July 5, then people performing a PCR test after July 5, and finally people who have recovered.
19,000 Monegasques have already been vaccinated with both doses to date. For them, it will be necessary to contact the health authorities to obtain the pass in the form of a QR code.
Unlike France, no application as Anticovid, in the principality, “we did not make that choice”, we are told. Rather surprising .. but we assure:
paper support or a photo of the QR code will suffice
Professionals in the hotel or restaurant industry and in tourism in general must have access to the health pass database on an application.
Defined geographic areas
The Principality’s approach goes even further, it has defined geographical areas, in other words so-called safe countries and others posing health risks.
This is for example, explains Didier Gamerdinger, the adviser and minister of social affairs and health. :
countries like South America, India or Brazil classified in red, for these countries there is a seven-day isolation planned for tourists who would still like to come.
For countries in so-calleds Orange, a PCR serum requested. Professionals will be responsible for checks with their client.
It must be said that Monaco is playing big and has no room for mistakes. First of all, she could not benefit from the pass imagined by Europe, which is not part of the European Union. But she had to compete in imagination and persuasion, “weeks of talks” we are told on the government side, notably with the highest diplomatic bodies.
In the background, it should be read that Monaco can no longer do without its foreign visitors with high purchasing power, but also all the business customers who no longer had citizenship in the Principality.