The infamous 30-kilometre limit for Monegasques and Monaco residents for travel in the Alpes-Maritimes has been relaxed from shortly after noon on Saturday. The announcement was made by the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes, where there had been considerable sympathy for close neighbours who felt constrained by the original ruling made two weeks ago, which applies to all countries neighbouring France.

Monaco residents also will not have to present a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours, which for two weeks had been the requirement for all trips in France, including within the 30-kilometre limit.

However, the new travel freedom in the Alpes-Maritimes has a limit, and applies to trips or visits of less than 24 hours duration. Beyond that time the PCR test will be obligatory.

The Monaco Government had lobbied strongly for the rules to be relaxed.