Mongolia Travel requirements:
- Valid passport, as a general travel rule, your passport must be valid throughout your stay and at least another 6 months beyond your stay, passport size recent photo
- Visa. You can easily get a thirty day visa from your local Mongolian Embassy. There is no need to have to go third party services. Fill out an application form and pay appropriate fees for your type of visa.
Visa beyond 90 days are require an official invitation letter from inviting Mongolian party. If you are traveling with a tour company, do not even worry about it.
- Currency. Best to bring 50 and 100 dollar banknotes, banks in downtown can cash your traveler’s cheques and give credit card advances. Make sure your bills are later 1996 (newer is better) because you will get highest exchange rates at licensed money changers.
Do not be surprised when several hundred dollars makes you make a millionaire. Millionaires are highly advised to have money belts for your cash and documents. You need cash to get around, specially, if you travel outside of Ulaanbaatar.
Inside Ulaanbaatar, major banks, shopping centers and restaurants accept major credit cards but most of them still do not, some shops require you to pay in cash but next door money changer’s rates are very low.
- Customs. Everyone must complete a customs declaration upon arrival, hold on it till you leave the country. Visitors are advised to declare the amount and currencies of money being carried.
Everything is available in Ulaanbaatar. Bring if you use special batteries, films for your cameras. Good to have flash lights, mosquito repellents, sun blocks, first aid kits.
We suggest small gifts for kids and nomadic people (aa, aaa batteries, candies, small toys). The best thing is Polaroid, take and leave couple of pictures with your hosts. They will be thrilled.
Electricity is 220 V, 50H, standard sockets are two round pins, good to have your own adapter kit.
Most of the part Mongolia is 3,000-5,000 feet above see level, so drink plenty of bottled water. Check for latest Mongolia travel requirements with your travel agncies!