Travel Guide

Mongolia Safety
Mongolia is one of the safest countries in the world. The policemen are quite friendly to the tourists. As a visitor you are unlikely to experience any serious problems. However, like anywhere else there are a few things that visitors should be aware of, things that will need extra care and attention. Foreign visitors are targets for a very small minority of thieves. Theft is seldom violent. Pick pocketing and bag slitting is most common in crowded places such as the black market, on buses or at tourist attractions such as Gandan Monastery and shopping places. Valuables should be kept in a money belt and kept underneath your clothing. Be careful about being seen with large amounts of money outside.
Vaccines and Medicines
Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.
In generally, No special vaccinations are required for travel to Mongolia unless the traveler is coming from a yellow fever infected area. In general, it is advisable to follow the advice of the World Health Organization or USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have some vaccinations in advance.
Medical services in Mongolia are available everywhere. However, in some remote regions, the health service may not be as standard as big cities’. So please ensure that you are in good health and take all the suggested precautions to avoid illness.
We recommend you carry some common medicines along while traveling Mongolia, such as the medicines for flu, coughing, sore throat, diarrhea, etc that you use at home. It is advisable to go to see your doctor and follow his or her advice on which medicines you should take.
What happens if I get sick in Mongolia during my tour?
Most of time, if you get sick during your tour in Mongolia, you can be cured in the local hospitals. But, for some tours in the remote places, the hospitals could be far away, requiring the help of planes. Besides, the hospitals in Mongolia are different from those in western countries. It is possible for you to pay for the medical services in advance, and receive the compensation from your health insurance company later on.
Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation either within Mongolia or to other countries are extremely expensive and can cost more than $100,000. Evacuation companies will not take you to another location without a full fee guarantee beforehand. Please note that not all insurance companies provide medical evacuation coverage for Mongolia. Please check with your insurance provider before traveling and consider supplemental medical or travel insurance. Currently, SOS Medica Mongolia UB International Clinic is the only clinic that has medical evacuation services in Mongolia.

 

HOW TO GET MONGOLIAN VISA?

Visa is required for all, except citizens of the following countries. Visas are available from the Mongolian embassy in your country. If there is no Mongolia embassy in your country, one month visas can be obtained on the spot once you arrive at the airport or railway station. There will also be a visa fee of $53 US. We will supply an official confirmation letter (by email or post) for your visa application once you book a travel service with us.

  • Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, Macao,USA –no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three months
  • German, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Russia,Turkey – no need a visa for a visit not exceeding one month
  • Philippines – no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three weeks
  • Singapore ,Hong Kong- no need a visa for a visit not exceeding two weeks
  • People’s Republic of China, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Thailand, Romania and Chile –who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit
  • Laos, Yugoslavia, Czech, Slovak, Mexico -who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three months ·
  • Hungary, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea – who has diplomatic or official passport -no need a visa for a visit not exceeding three month
  • India –needs Mongolian visa without visa fee
  • Cuba –no need a visa for a visit not exceeding one month Mongolian visas are issued by Mongolian Diplomatic Missions abroad or upon arrival at a special request. The Mongolian Embassies Abroad list

 

THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN MONGOLIAN VISA:

1. Valid passport

2. One passport sized photo

3. Application form PDF (Visa application form) (Visa application form for tourist)

4. Either an invitation of the receiving entity (State, Government, Non governmental organization, Business Entity) or an offical request of the sending country and the organization.

For tourists wishing to stay over 30 days up to 90 days, a letter of invitation from a travel agency of Mongolia. Please let us know if you need a letter of invitation.

If you are traveling on a personal invitation of a citizen of Mongolia, an invitation approved by the Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens of Mongolia, and applicant’s written statement concerning his/her financial credibility to cover his/her stay in Mongolia.

For those passing Mongolia in transit, onward ticket and visa for next destination are required.

Single entry – exit visa – US$25; for urgent service (within a working day) US$50; this kind of Visa is valid for three months from the date of issuing.

Multiple entry – exit visa valid for six months – US$65; for urgent service (within a working day) US$ 130

Multiple entry – exit visa valid for one year – US$13 – US$130: for urgent service (within a working day) US$ 26

Visa extension valid for one week – US$15; for urgent service (within a working day ) US$30; US$2 per a day exceeding a week

Mongolian visas are issued by Mongolian Diplomatic Missions abroad or upon arrival at a special reqest.

The Mongolian Embassies Abroad list:

Austria

Vienna

Botschaft der Mongolei

Teinfaltstr.3/6
1010Vienna, AUSTRIA
Tel:43-1-5353012
43-1-5352807
Fax:431-5353006
E-mail: office@embassymon.at

Belgium
Brussels
Ambassade de Mongolie Avenue Besme 18, 1190, Forest Bruxelles BELGIUM
Tel: 32-2-344-6974
Fax: 32-2-344-3215
E-mail: brussels.mn.embassy@chello.be

Bulgaria
Sophia
Bulgaria, Sofi 1113
Ul. Frederik Jolio Kuri-52
Posolstvo Mongolia
Tel: 359-2-8659012
359-2-8665929 (Advisor)
359-2-8659012 (reception)
359-2-8665530
Fax:359-2-9630745
E-mail:mongemb@infotel.bg

Canada
Ottowa
Embassy of Mongolia
Suite 503, 151 Slater St, Ottowa
ON K1P 5h3, CANADA
Tel: 1-613-569380 (Consul)
1-613-5692623 (Reception)
Fax: 1-613-5693916
Email: mail@mongolembassy.org

China
Beijing
Embassy of Mongolia
No 2, Xiu Shui Bei Jie, Jian Guo Men Wai,
Beijing, CHINA, 100600
Tel: 86-10-6532-6512
86-10-6532-6513
86-10-6532-1810 (Accountant)
Tel/Fax: 86-10-6532-6216 (Consul)
Fax: 86-10-6532-5045
E-mail: Monembbj@public3.bta.net.cn

Cuba
Havana
Embajada de Mongolia
Calle 66 No.505, esquina a 5ta. A, Miramar,
La Habana, CUBA
Tel: 53-7-2042763
Fax: 53-7-2040639
E-mail:monelch@ceniai.inf.cu

Czech Republic
Prague
Velvyslanectvi Mongolska
Na Marne 5, Praha 6, 160 00
CZECH REPUBliC
Tel: 420 224311198
420 224325760
420 233326976
Fax:420 224314827
E-mail:monemb@bohem-net.cz

Egypt
Cairo
Embassy of Mongolia No.14,
Str 152 , MAADI, Cairo EGYPT
Tel: 202-359-1670
Tel/Fax: 202-358-6012
E-mail:monemby@link.net

France
Paris
Ambassade de Mongolie
5, Avenue Robert Schuman
Boulogne-Billancourt, 92100 FRANCE
Tel: 33-1-46052318
33-1-46052812
Fax:33-1-46053016
Email: info@ambassademongolie.fr

Germany
Berlin
Botschaft de Mongolia
Dietzgenstrasse 31
13156 Berlin, GERMANY
Tel: 49-30-474806
49-30-474806 ext 14
49-30-474806 ext 21 Consul
Fax 49-30-474806 ext 16
Email: mongolbot@aol.com

Hungary
Budapest
Mongol Nagyovetsege
Bogar Utica 14/c
Budapest, HUNGARY 1022
Tel: 36-1-2124579
36-1-3269984
36-1-2122669
36-1-3268558
Fax 36-1-2125731
Email: mnk@mail.datanet.hu

India
Embassy of Mongolia
34, Archbishop Macarios Marg,
New Delhi 110003; INDIA
Tel: 91-11-24631728, 24617989
Fax:91-11-24633240
E-mail: mongemb@vsnl.net

Italy
Rome
Tel: 39-333-504-1858
Tel, Fax /Ulaanbaatar/
976-11-322964
976-11-319360
E-mail: mnsgnr@yahoo.com

Japan
Tokyo
Embassy of Mongolia
21-4 Kamiyama-Cho,
Shibuya- Ku
Tokyo 150-0047, JAPAN
Tel: 81-33-469-2088
81-33-469-2179 (consul)
81-33-469-2193 (Ambassador)
Fax:81-33-469-2216
E-mail:embmong@gol.com

Kazakhstan
Almaty
Rsepublika Kazakstan
Alma-Ati 480043, p/ya – 55
Posolvstvo Mongolii
Tel: 7-3272-693536
7-3272-293790
7-3272-551278
Fax:7-3272-581727
E-mail: monkazel@kazmail.asdc.kz

Korea North
Pyongyang
Embassy of Mongolia
Daehak-guri 17,
Munsu-dong Taedongang-ko
Pyongyang DPR KOREA
Tel/Fax: 85-2-381-7616
Tel: 85-2-381-7321
85-2-382-7323
85-2-382-7322
Email: mon-emb@kcckp.net

South Korea
Seoul
Embassy of Mongolia
33-5 Hannam-1dong, Yongsan-gu
Seoul, 140-885
REPUBliC OF KOREA
Tel: 82-2-794-1350
82-2-794-1951
82-2-798-3464 (reception)
82-2-749-1990 (reception)
Fax:82-2-794-7605
E-mail: mongol5@kornet.net

Laos
Vientiane
Embassy of Mongolia
Q.Wat Nak Km.3 P.O. Box 370 Vientiane Lao P.D.R
Tel: 856-21-315220
Fax:856-21-315221
E-mail: embmong@laotel.com

Poland
Warshaw
Ambasada Mongolii
ul. Rejtana 15 m. 16
02516 Warszawa, POLAND
Tel: 48-22-849-9391
Fax: 48-22-848 20 63
E-mail: mongamb@ikp.atm.com.pl
Web site: http://www.ambmong.net7.pl

Russia
Moscow
Russia. Moscow 121069 Borisoglebski per -11, Mongolian Embassy (Posolstvo Mongolii)
Tel: 7-095-290-67-92 (reception)
7-095-244-78-67 (consul)
7-095-2024370 (advisor)
7-095-2021353 (events)
Fax: 7-095-291-46-36
E-mail:mongolia@online.ru

Thailand
Bangkok
Embassy of Mongolia
251 Soi Rojana
21 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey Nua
Wattana, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Tel: 66-2-6408017
66-2-6408018
Fax: 66-2-2583849
Email: mongemb@loxinfo.co.th

Turkey
Ankara
Embassy of Mongolia
Koza sokak No 113
G.O.P. Ankara 06700
TURKEY
Tel: 90-312-4467977
90-312-4467791
Email: mogolelc@ttnet.net.tr

United Kingdom
London
Embassy of Mongolia
7-8 Kensington Court,
London, W8 5DL
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel:(44) 207-937-0150
Fax: (44)207-937-1117
E-mail:office@embassyofmongolia.co.uk
embmongol.uk@btopenworld.com

United Nations Geneva
Mission permanente de la Mongolie
4 Chemin des Mollies
1293 Bellevue Geneve SWITZERLAND
Tel: 41-22-7741974
Fax:41-22-7743201
E-mail:mongolie@bluewin.ch

United Nation New York
The Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations
6 East 77 th Street
New York, N.Y. 10021
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Tel: 1-212-8619460
1-212-4726517
1-212-7373874
Fax:1-212-8619464
E-mail:mongolia@un.int

United States of America

Washington
Embassy of Mongolia
2833MStreet, NWWashington DC20007 USA Tel:1-202-333-7117
Fax:1-202-298-9227
E-mail: esyam@mongolianembassy.us

Vietnam
Hanoi
Embassy of Mongolia
Villa No5,Van Phuc Diplomatic Quarter, Hanoi, VIETNAM
Tel:84-4-8453009
Fax:84-4-8454954
E-mail:mongembhanoi@vnn.vn

Mongolian Consulates

Mongolia has eight consulates in cities belonging to nearby countries or in commercially important locations. Consulates are authorized to issue Mongolian visas.

Australia
3/44 Miller St North Sydney
NSW2060P.O.Box1731, Australia
Tel/Fax: 61.299661922
monconoz@yahoo.com
monconoz@ozemail.com.au

Belarussia
Brest
Belarus, Brest, Ul. Adamkovskaya. Dom 22
Tel/fax: 375-162-245812

China
Hoh Hot
Zhongguo Huhe Haote
Xinchenqu Wulanxiaoqu 5 hao Lou Menguguo Zhonglinshiguan
Tel: 86-471-4303254
86-471-4303266
86-471-4923819
Fax:86-471-4303250
E-mail: monconhh@public.hh.nm.cn

China
Erlian
Zhongguo Erlian haote Weijian binguan er lou
Tel: 86-479-7539200
Fax:86-479-7539200
Fax:86-479-7539202 Ded konsul
E-mail: elkd39200@public.hh.nm.cn

Indonesia
MenaraImperiumLt.18 J1.HR Rasuna Said Kav.1
Jakarta 12980, Indonesia
Tel:6221-8379-5220
Fax:6221-8379-5265
Israel
M.Gellert and Frishtik LLP 20 Lincoln St. Rubinstein Tower 24 Fl. Tel Aviv, Israel.
Tel: +972 3 561 84 84
Fax: +972 3 561 72 72

 

Italy
Turin
Via Vignassa, 21
10050 Sant’’ Antonino di Susa TO, Italy
Tel: 39.11 96 49 079
Fax: 39.11 9634 991
www.consolatomongolia.com

Italy
Milan
Consolato Onorario di Mongolia
Via Boccaccio 9, 20123
Milano – ITALIA
Tel:+390248012556
Fax: +39024982395

Russia
Irkutsk
Irkutsk, Gen. Konsulstvo Mongolii
Ul.Lapina 11
Tel: 7-3952-342447 (Consul)
7-3952-342145
7-3952-342445
7-3952-342295 /admin/
Fax:7-3952-342143
E-mail:irconsul@angara.ru
Website: http://irconsul.angara.ru

Russia
Ulaan Ude
Ulan-Ude, Ul. Provsoyuznaya-6
Consulate General of Mongolian
Tel: 7-301-2-215275 (consul)
7-301-2-220499
Fax:7-301-2-214188
E-mail:mnc@burnet.ru

Tuva
Kizil
Gen. Konsulstvo Mongolii
Ul. Inernatsionalnaya – 9
Kizil. Rep. Tuva
Tel: 7-39422-10445 tel/fax
7-39422-10430
Fax:7-39422-10445 tel/fax
E-mail: mongolconsul@tuva.ru

Singapore
Consulate General of Mongolia
600 North bridge road. 24-08.Parkview square
Singapore188778.
Tel: 65-(6)3480745
Fax:65-(6)3481753
E-mail: consulmn@singnet.com.sg

Spain
Rocafort, 29. P.Balxa B. 08015, Barcelona, Spain
Tel: 34 934 260 554
Fax: 34 934 237 887

mongolia_consulate_esp@ yahoo.es
Switzerland
Zurich, Schanzengasse 22, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel:0041 44 268 00
Fax:0041 44 268 5510

Ukraine
Kiev
Kiev-037
8/4,Gelyabova st. Room 613
Tel: 44-2091071
Fax:44-4596526

 

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO GET TO MONGOLIA, BY AIR OR BY TRAIN.

BY AIR
You can get to Mongolia by the Mongolian airline MIAT, the Russian airline Aeroflot, Air China, Korean Air, and Turkish Airlines. The Mongolian airline MIAT has direct flights to Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, Osaka, and Seoul. Korean Air has several flights a week to Ulaanbaatar City. The Russian Airline Aeroflot makes 2 flights a week to Ulaanbaatar City.  If  you are coming from Europe, our recommended routes are, first to fly to Berlin, then to transfer there to a MIAT flight or fly to Moscow, then take a MIAT or Aeroflot flights to Ulaanbaatar City.
U.S. travelers might find less expensive to buy tickets from a Mongolian air-ticket agency in the U.S. If you are coming from the U.S., one option is to take a United Airlines flight to Beijing and then transfer to MIAT or Air China flight to Ulaanbaatar. Another option is to fly to Seoul, Korea and then take Korean Airlines flight to Mongolia.

BY TRAIN

Travelling by famous Trans-Siberian railway gives you lifetime opportunities of experiencing different countries, different cultures on one holiday and many more besides it is cost effective, practical and reliable. When you are in the train, you will look completely different landscapes all daylong through the windows of the train, which is like watching live TV through your window.
There are several branch lines of Trans-Siberian railroad.  The longest rail line (7900 km) runs from St. Petersburg through Moscow, Russia and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Beijing, China. The train spans seven zones and two continents.  The journey takes 5 days from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar and takes 35 hours from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing.
We book a train ticket according the client’s request, and please note that tickets can only be purchased at least one month in advance.

Ger Guesthouse
Some of nomadic families who live within national park or sightseeing area, run their own small business that renting ger accommodation for backpackers. It gives you a chance to get closely acquainted with the way of life and Nomadic way of lifestyle. Ger accommodation has 4 o-6 beds and occupancy is based on multi-share but with only your group members and not with another tours. Most nomadic families do not have formal toilets in their summer places, so the most you can expect to find is a designated toilet trench that may be screened on three sides. No showering facilities will be available in some of the local ger guesthouses. So people go to nearest tourist camps for taking shower paying 3 or 4 usd.
Tourist Ger Camp
Out of the city, tourist ger camps are the most commonly available full service facilities. They use the traditional dwelling, the felt covered ger, as guest rooms. Each ger normally has between 2 and 4 single beds in it, along with a traditional stove, a simple table, and sometimes cupboards and wash stands. There will generally be a central building that houses hot water showers, sinks, and western style toilets. This building will be some distance from your ger. In a separate building there will be a restaurant or dining room, and sometimes a bar or a recreation room. If a Ger Camp was not connected to central electricity system, Ger Camps usually run a generator in the evening or provide lighting from solar charged batteries for some part of the night, allowing you to have light for using the washroom facilities, reading, charging your camera gears. Taking shower is possible.

When to go and weather

Mongolia Weather | Mongolia Climate

Mongolia’s climate can be described has highly continental dominied climate with warm summers and long, dry and very cold winters. Known as “the land of blue sky”, Mongolia is a very sunny country and has usually about 250 sunny days a year.

Summer from mid-May to mid-September is usually warm with average temperature of 18 to 26 C. There are short rains in July and early August. On some days temperature may go above 30 C which can be felt hard, especially in the South Gobi region. Almost 70% of precipitation falls in the summer, but this does not mean rainy days. Rains rarely last for more than 2-3 days. Most of rains occur in mid- July and early August and wise herders prefer to move away from rivers and put up their dwellings on hills to avoid sudden floods. The highest temperatures are in the Gobi Desert region with 30 Celsius lasting for more than 40 days. On some days it can be 40 Celsius.

When to go

The best time to visit Mongolia is during the Mongolian summer, from the mid of June till last week of August.
This is the safest time of the year to travel to Mongolia in terms of weather, sunny days throughout Mongolia and sufficient rainfall to make the steppes lush and green.
June and September are both very pleasant times to visit Mongolia. September, autumn is enjoyable, colorful, not hot, and not cold. Nomads have plenty of dairy products and are busy processing milk and preparing for winter. Beautiful countryside of Mongolia is even more beautiful and picturesque with the autumn colors.
Months to Best:
> July is the best time to see the Mongolia Naadam Festival.
> The best season for Gobi Desert tour: from June to September and October is shoulder season.
> July to August is the best season to travel to Northern Mongolia and Khuvsgul Lake tour and September is shoulder season.
> First of October is chance to see Golden Eagle Festival in Altai, Western Mongolia.
> February is the best time to experience Mongolia winter season.

What should I bring with me?

PACKING LIST

Large backpacks and bags

Large backpacks and bags are always better than hard suitcase to be left in the luggage compartment, yurt and load it to cars multiple times. You need another small bag to accompany more often and to store your valuables like your wallet and travel documents.

ELECTRONICS

Camera, and camera accessories

Abundant wildlife, different landscapes and nomad indigenous people are such scenic that you definitely want to take your camera. Take a few spare memory cards and charger. Mongolia is on 220V power and uses European-style 2-pin plugs. Good batteries are hard to find in the countryside.

I Pod is handy to hear your own music when you bounce around in a Russian van. Charger/radio player which plugs in a car cigarette lighter is useful.

E-book reader is priceless if you love reading. Paper-back books are also great for those who prefer them. The only places you’ll be connected to Wi-Fi networks are in the cities.

LED Head torch

Head torch is handy at nights when reading and going to toilet as electricity is unreliable in the countryside except in town, where coverage is still somewhat unpredictable.

CLOTHES

Warm coat/jacket and layers

Although June to September is summer in Mongolia, the weather is unpredictable, and nights have been known to dip below freezing even in the summer in some regions. Therefore, multiple layers are always recommended: remember, you can always take layers off or put them back on. raincoat and ponchos are not only a must for occasional rainy weather, but they can be good insulators when placed outside your sleeping bag. Take waterproof shell layer to protect from the wind and the rain.

Bring swimsuit for hot spa, enough spare pair of socks, sunglasses, scarf, hat for protecting your face and gloves for warmth.

Trekking shoes 

All terrains from Gobi Desert to the Altai Mountain are wild and contain their own difficulties, wildlife and plant life. Trekking shoes make the daily trekking easy.

Rubber slippers

Rubber slippers are useful for using shower in most Ger camps.

Swimsuit

If you are going to bathe in Tsenkher hot spring, make sure to bring your swimsuit.

STANDARD TOILETRIES 

Bring soap, shampoo, sun cream, skin creams, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, perfumes, avoid bulky aerosol cans: use roll-on deodorant, and get shaving cream in a hard stick or a tube. Take plenty of razor blades. Wet wipes/dry wipes– can be bought in Mongolian cities. They are very good for maintaining hygiene essential when you’re unable to wash for day. Lip balm for moistening because the weather is so dry. Toilet paper is important to have near as Mongolian toilets are very basic, and lack toilet paper.

OTHER ITEMS 

You may bring with you these items including sewing kit, hiking stick, cigarette for smoker and nail clipper if thought to be necessary.

Travel Medicines

It is recommended to bring your own medications based on you traveling experiences and personal knowledge of your current health. Travel kit can have disinfectant, bandages, and sterile gloves, syringes, anti-diarrheal, a few band-aids, some antibiotic, a few aspirin or paracetamol at hand, for headaches and hangovers; paracetamol is also handy for lowering your temperature if you’re experiencing a low fever. Allergy safety and hand sanitizer. Good insect repellent is essential in Mongolia -mosquitoes and sand flies can be annoying.

 

Money exchange – Cash

You can exchange currency at any closest bank to you in Ulaanbaatar city. Also you can cash up with your debit card on Mongolian Togrogs at ATMS. ATMs are in Ulaanbaatar and most province capitals these days. Make sure to check the current exchange rate before you go in. It is always better to have cash on tour for buying alcohol drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

Items for Yurt visits

It is always great to have a gift to exchange for any hospitality received when staying in nomad’s yurt. They appreciate handy stuff like headlamp, AA batteries, notepads, pencils, sewing kit and soap. You can a take photo of them with permission and send them once you get home through Man of Millennium Address . Photos mean a lot to them.