How to get to Mongolia
Since there is many travel companies, it would not be time-consuming to plan the ideal trip for your own. The most important part is to choose the right one.
Our tour itineraries have carefully and precisely planned for our travellers, so they can start their trip at their conveniences. Regarding to the next step, preparing for the trip, apparently there might hundreds of doubts and questions may arise. Here are some info about how to get to Mongolia, where to start and so on.
International and Internal Flights
As Mongolia is a landlocked country sandwiched between Russia and China, there are two major ways to get to Mongolia are by train or by air.
National carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines schedules flights all year round to: Berlin via Moscow, Frankfurt, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Busan, and Tokyo. There are also codeshare flights are scheduled as follows, Hong Kong to Delhi, Hong Kong to Singapore, Hong Kong to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Check at https://miat.com/pagecontent.php?pageId=11&lang=mn
Internal flights are scheduled to western Mongolian provinces, as well as Choibalsan, Dornod provinces in eastern Mongolia. Flights to Khuvsgul and South Gobi provinces are scheduled only in summer time.
Train to Mongolia
The Trans-Mongolian railway connects Moscow, Beijing and Ulaanbaatar. Check at https://eticket.ubtz.mn/
Travelling by car
All provinces along Mongolia have paved roads, so that we can travel around. If you are planning to travel with your vehicle to Mongolia, you should be informed about border crossings and taxes. You will need all the necessary documents like valid vehicle documents, driver’s license, ownership records, rental documents, so that you will be able to fill in the customs declaration form to cross in the country.
Also, you may need to leave in the same vehicle that you entered with; otherwise you may need to pay customs tax. You should know that the country also has off-road and bumpy roads.
Border Crossing in Mongolia
There are 3 bigger border points except for Chinggis Khan Airport in Ulaanbaatar, such as Zamyn Ude crossing to China, as well as Altanbulag and Sukhbaatar crossing to Russia. These bigger borders are meant to be the successful entry or exit to China and Russia, by train or car. The smaller border points to China are Bulgan in the west, and Bichigt in the southeast. The smaller border points to Russia are Tsagaannuur in the far west, Ereen-Tsav in the northeast, and Khankh in the north.
How to get Mongolian visa
Currently, 19 countries are permitted to enter without a visa as follows:
|2||Hong Kong||14 days|
|13||German||30 days (since September 1, 2013)|
|19||Canada||30 days (since January 1, 2014)|
Except for these countries, every visitor must obtain visa approval prior to entry. If there is Mongolian embassy or Consulate in your country, you are able to obtain a Mongolian visa from there. If there is no Mongolian diplomatic presence or visa issuing honorary consuls, you are able to obtain a Mongolian visa on arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar. For your information, the European countries where there is no Mongolian diplomatic presence are Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. Tourists coming from European countries where there is no Mongolian diplomatic presence are no need a confirmation before departure and a single entry tourist visa on arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport is obtainable.
To obtain a Mongolian visa from your country, you will need to hand the followings to your nearest diplomatic or consular mission of Mongolia: a completed application form, a passport-size photo, a letter of invitation from the host company in Mongolia, your passport valid for 6 months beginning first day of travel, and a visa fee that depends on an Embassy and type of your visa. You can get more information from your nearest diplomatic or consular mission of Mongolia.
To obtain a Mongolian visa on arrival at the airport, we will need the details of your arrival to submit to the Immigration Department in Mongolia, prior to your arrival. The following information needed:
- Scanned copy of passport that is valid for 6 months beginning first day of travel
- One passport-size photo
- Date of arrival
- Flight number and time
- Email address
When we submit your details to the Immigration Department in Mongolia, the Immigration Department notifies us the visa approval and sends the approval to the immigration officers at the airport. The visa processing time takes 5 working days. Then we will send the pre-approval visa letter to your email that you can print it out and show it when needed.
Upon arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport, expect a simple form to fill in and about 15 minutes of waiting time. You will need MNT 113,800 that is equal to almost USD70 for the stamp fee, and 2 photos of you.
A Mongolian tourist visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue that you can enter Mongolia at anytime up to the last date shown on the visa. Once you have entered before your visa expiry date, this will be the start of your 30 days of single entry visa. The visa is extendable 7 days prior expiry date at the Immigration office in city Ulaanbaatar and Bayan-Ulgii province. The visa extension process may take 3-5 business days.
A double-entry tourist visa is available for the travelers making a side-trip from Mongolia and returning in a short time. The double-entry visa cannot be used to make two separate trips to Mongolia.