SAN MARINO

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Country Description: The Republic of San Marino is a democratic elected country. Completely surrounded by Italy, it has strong ties to Italy and uses the Italian lire for a monetary unit. Tourism and the sale of postage stamps are major economic contributors. San Marino is considered the world's oldest republic. Tradition has it that Marinus, a Christian stonecutter seeking religious freedom in a time of repressive Roman rule, founded the sate in the fourth century A.D. Partly because of the protection afforded by its mountainous terrain, San Marino has been able to maintain continuous independence despite attempted invasions. In the 1300's, the country became a republic.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: Visas are not required. Climate: Located in the Apennine Mountains, San Marino has a rugged terrain and a generally moderate climate.

Information on Crime and Safety: Very little crime in San Marino.

Criminal Penalties: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and do not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating the law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned.

Registration/Embassy Location: Americans are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, where they may obtain updated information on travel and security within the country.

Please contact the US Embassy located in Rome, Italy:

Via Veneto 119/A
100187 Rome, Italy
Tel: 46741
FAX: 4674-2356

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