Getting there & away
The visa issuing rules have been eased since 1997. Practically a 30-days tourist visa can be obtained from any Mongolian Embassy abroad within 24 hours for approximately US$ 40.00. Additional fees are charged for urgent visa. Alternatively, those who travel from countries with no Mongolian mission present can get visa either from the Mongolian Embassy in Beijing or Moscow, or at the arrival points: “Chinggis Khaan” International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, “Zamyn Uud” Railway Station on southern border or “Sukhbaatar” Railway station on the northern border. Visitors staying longer than 30 days are required to apply for registration with the Office of Immigration, Naturalization and Foreign Citizens. Visitors planning to stay for more than 180 days should obtain long-term residence permission. Please beware that that procrastination with visa extension may result in several visits to the Ministry of External Relations and up to $ 5.00 fine for each day after visa has expired. Visitors are also advised to obtain proper transit visa from China or Russia. There were cases when foreigners who failed to secure two-time transit visa were denied entrance to these countries on their way back home from Mongolia.
NOTE: USA citizens can travel now to Mongolia without visa, as a respective agreement was signed in 2001.
How to get Mongolian visa
Before you ask us for invitation letter please check (see the below) whether you need visa to Mongolia. According to some mutual governmental agreements, citizens of certain countries need no visa to Mongolia. To see if you need visa, you may apply for visa at the diplomatic or consular mission of Mongolia in your country or in a location closest to you.
Documents needed to apply for Mongolian visa
- Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry to Mongolia
2. One application form.
3. One passport-size photo
4. Travel itinerary (if the visit is for more than 7 days)
5. If you wish your passport to be returned to you by mail, prepaid envelope for return of passport by a Federal Express
a. Either an invitation of the receiving entity (state, government, non-governmental organization, business entity) or an official request of the sending country and the organization.
b. Or, for tourists wishing to stay over one week up to 90 days, a letter of invitation from a travel agency.
c. Or, if you are traveling on a personal invitation of a citizen of Mongolia, an invitation approved by the Civil Registration Information Centre, Police Department, Mongolia, and applicant’s written statement concerning his/her financial credibility to cover his/her stay in Mongolia.
d. For those passing Mongolia in transit, onward ticket and visa for next destination is required.
7. AIDS test required for students and anyone staying longer than 3 months.
The standard charge for a tourist visa is US$25 and for a transit visa US$15 if you obtain the visa in advance. If you require the visa urgently or if you obtain your visa at the border points, you will need to pay US$50 and US$30 respectively.
About MIAT – Mongolian Airlines
We at the national flag carrier, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, welcome you aboard to make your travel both comfortable and reliable with our modern fleet of Airbus A310 – 300 and Boeing B737 -800 aircraft. Discover Mongolia’s natural beauty and fascinating culture, we will take you there with a true sense of Mongolian welcome and hospitality. For more information and booking contact MIAT or your preferred travel agent. (Click here to see list of international representative organizations for MIAT Co .,ltd)
Below is a list of cities that MIAT flies to and the flight departure day and number. Please contact us for bookings and prices for international flights
Mongolian Railway operates some 1,110 kilometers of “Trans-Mongolian Main Line” (inside Mongolia). Dating back to 1938, the Trans Mongolian runs from Russian border via Ulaanbaatar to the Chinese border. Exploring Mongolia following the rail lines of the legendary Trans Mongolian and Trans Siberian Railways is more than a simple way of transportation. Another great way to get to Mongolia is from Beijing on the trans-Mongolian train. The departure days from Beijing are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The journey takes one night and two days. It is a magical journey which takes you from the heart of the hustle and bustle of down-town Beijing, past the Great Wall of China and into Mongolia, through the Gobi desert. From Moscow you can get to Mongolia on the Trans-Siberian which leaves Moscow every Tuesday and Wednesday and arrives to Ulaanbaatar on Sunday and Monday respectively. As well there is a daily train to Ulaanbaatar from Irkutsk.
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