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San Marino Country Guide

  1. CountryFacts
  2. Health
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  1. Intro
  2. Geography
  3. People
  4. Travel
  5. Embassies & Visas
  6. Finance
  7. Cities/Regions

Quick Facts

Region: Europe
Full Name: The Republic of San Marino
Capital City: City of San Marino
Languages Spoken: Italian

San Marino Travel Insurance

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Geographic data

43? 56’N 12? 26’E

Elevation Extremes

Highest: The summit of Monte Titano - 749m (,457 ft)

Lowest Point: N/A

Land boundaries

Italy 37km

Natural hazards

Earthquakes

Natural resources

Building stone

Land use

Arable land: 16.67%

Permanent Crops 0%

Other 83.33% (2011)

Environmental current issues

San Marino are currently facing the environmental issues of urbanisation, decreasing farm lands, and air pollution.

Climate

San Marino have a Mediterranean climate, with both their Summer months and Winter months not being too extreme. Their Summer temperatures can range between 20? c and 30? C. Temperatures in the Winter can dip to around -6? c, making it an ideal skiing location with its mountainous land.

Time difference

San Marino is 1 hour ahead of The UK

Population

32,576 (2012)

Age structure

0-14 years: 16% (male 2,779/female 2,445)

15-24 years: 10.9% (male 1,822/female 1,733)

25-54 years: 42.4% (male 6,552/female 7,328)

55-64 years: 12% (male 1,957/female 1,957)

65 years and over: 18.8% (male 2,756/female 3,413) (2014 est.)

Median age

Total: 43.6 years

Male: 42.6 years

Female: 44.4 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

0.87% (2014 est.)

Birth rate

8.7 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Death rate

8.31 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Net migration rate

8.31 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Sex ratio

At birth: 1.1 male(s)/female

0-14 years: 1.14 male(s)/female

15-24 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

25-54 years: 0.89 male(s)/female

55-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.8 male(s)/female

Total Population: 0.94 male(s)/female (2014 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Total Population: 83.18 years

Male: 80.64 years

Female: 85.94 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate

1.49 children born/woman (2014 est.)

Business Practices

If you are invited out for a meal or round your host's house for food, you should wait until the host is sat down before sitting down yourself. It is the same process with once the food has arrived, you do not start eating or drinking until your host has begun to themselves. It is also seen as disrespectful to have your hands below the table, so make sure that of both your hands above the tables edge throughout the meal.

A top tip when dining with a host is to take a small first portion. It is advised to do this as accepting a second portion is seen as a compliment to the host, which will look good if you are trying to secure yourself a business deal.

Service charges are often already added to your bill if you eat out at a restaurant, however 5-10% is the usual amount to tip if this is not already included.

Crime

San Marino has particularly low levels of crime. In 2009 there were only 14 prisoners at San Marino’s only prison, which has just six cells. However in 2011, it was reported that this figure had dropped to just 1 prisoner. The man, who was 30 at the time, had been imprisoned for domestic violence. As it was not economically viable to have a canteen open in the prison for just 1 inmate, he was brought meals from restaurants. Some articles even classed him as “the world's most pampered prisoner” as he also had a gym and a library all to himself!

Public intoxication and the use and ownership of unauthorised drugs have strong rules against them in San Marino. Other laws that are useful to know about is that smoking is banned while driving, and like the UK, it is illegal to be on your phone whilst behind the wheel.

Hotels

The hotels in San Marino are relatively small, with very few hotel chains.

Communications

San Marino's telephone services are largely provided by Italy’s systems.

Electricity

San Marino has a voltage of 230V and a frequency of 50Hz. San Marino's electricity services are largely provided by Italy’s systems.

Plug Types

San Marino use plug types F and L.

Food And Dining

The cuisine in San Marino is very similar to Italian Cuisine, with many traditional meals consisting of a pasta foundation. It is also influenced by other mediterranean country’s cuisine, with a lot of fresh ingredients including lemons and herbs.

If dining out, service charges are often already added to your bill, however 5-10% is the usual amount to tip if this is not already included.

Entry departure requirements

British Nationals do not need a Visa to visit San Marino.

Visa immigration information

You must apply for a work permit if you intend to work in San Marino. These are given for some sections of workers only.

Passports

Your passport should be valid for the time you intend to spend in San Marino.

Visas

British Nationals do not need a Visa to visit San Marino. If you intend to stay more than 30 days in a private property (not a hotel or bed and breakfast) then is is crucial that you go to the Foreigners Office to report in within 24 hours of entering San Marino. However if you are staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast then you do not need to do this.

Types of visa and cost
Validity

Your passport should be valid for the time you intend to spend in San Marino.

Application to
Application requirements
Working days required

HIV entry requirements

There are currently no entry restrictions for people with HIV when entering San Marino.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax when leaving San Marino.

Embassies

Consulate General of San Marino UK

162 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9BS

Tel: 01268 292443


Embassy of San Marino USA

1711 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Tel: +1 202-223-2418

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British FCO state that there is a low threat from Terrorism in San Marino, with most visits being “trouble-free.”

Website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/san-marino

US Department of State

Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Italy.html.html?wcmmode=disabled

Currency

The currency of San Marino is the Euro, even though they are not actually part of The European Union.

Currency restrictions

Travellers coming from the UK or any other country part of The European Union do not have any currency restrictions. However, if you are traveling straight from a non EU country then you are required to declare any money over €10,000.

Banking hours

Italian banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 1:30pm and 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Banks are not usually open on Saturdays.

Currency exchange

£1.00 = €1.30 (at present May 2016)

Credit cards

Although it is always a safe option to carry around some cash, the usual well known brands of credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are accepted in Italy. However, American Express is still not as broadly accepted

Travellers cheques

  1. Health Information
  2. Recent Disease Outbreak

Dental care

Dentista is the Italian term for dentist. Most dental check-ups and routine trips are covered by the San Marino State Health Care System, however they do not provide more complicated procedures for free. If a more complicated procedure is needed, such as having veneers, bridges, and crowns, San Marino nationals and residents are charged by private dentists.

Medication Availability

Pharmacies in San Marino can be spotted with having a green cross outside of the shop. However it is strongly advised that you take a sufficient amount of any medication that you may be taking, enough to cover the duration of your trip, in order to rule out any unnecessary emergencies.

Blood supplies

San Marino’s blood supplies are screened to International Screening Standards and their supply is rated as safe.

Medical facilities

The San Marino Hospital is the only hospital in the country. If you are not covered by medical insurance, and do not need emergency treatment, then this could see you being placed on a waiting list. Not having medical cover could also see the quality of your hospital room be lower than being covered. It is most likely that patients insured by the State would have to share a hospital room with others, whereas privately insured patient are likely to get a room of their own with better facilities.

An important factor to note is that EHIC cards are not valid in San Marino, even though they are part of Europe. This means that you will need sufficient insurance cover in order that you are protected properly if anything medical were to happen to you whilst away.

General caution

Although the tap water in San Marino is safe to drink, it is advised to stick to drinking bottled water. This is because the change from British tap water to Italian tap water may affect some travellers stomachs for a few days.

An important factor to note is that EHIC cards are not valid in San Marino, even though they are part of Europe. This means that you will need sufficient insurance cover in order that you are protected properly if anything medical were to happen to you whilst away.

Specific concerns

There are currently no specific health concerns for San Marino.

Immunization

When travelling to San Marino, you should be up-to-date with your routine jabs including MMR, Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria and your yearly flu jab. It is also advised to be vaccinated against Rabies, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, preferably 4-6 weeks before you are due to travel. It is always best to check with your GP to make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, and to see whether or not they can recommend any other vaccinations to have that might be applicable to the country's present disease risk situation.

Disease risk summary

There are currently no major disease risks in San Marino, however it is always best to check with your GP to make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, and to see whether or not they can recommend any other vaccinations to have that might be applicable to the country's present disease risk situation.

Entry requirements

There are currently no medical entry requirements needed to enter San Marino.

Recent disease outbreaks

There have been no recent disease outbreaks in San Marino, however there has been a single case of Ebola in Italy over the last few years. The health care worker contracted the disease when working in Sierra Leone.

 

Media

Television

Most of Italy’s television channels are available to watch in San Marino.

Press

San Marino Notizie is an online news page, updating readers with the latest news as to what is going on in San Marino

Radio

San Marino RTV is a state run television and radio channel.

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