Health and safety in Mongolia
Mongolia is one of the safest countries in the world. Most crimes in Mongolia are non-violent, but occasionally violent incidents do occur. Likewise other countries, there are certain things that visitors should be aware of, and things that will need extra care and attention. For your information, there are theft, pick pocketing and bag slitting might occur rarely in crowded places, such as the black market, buses, tourist attraction places like Gandan Monastery, and some shopping places. Therefore, your valuable things should be kept in a money belt or kept underneath your clothes. Also, be careful about being seen with large amount of money in crowded places.
Basically, no vaccinations are required to travel Mongolia unless the traveller is coming from a yellow fever infected area. However, it is advisable to follow the Disease Control and Prevention of the WTO for being vaccinated in advance.
Also, it is essential to visit your doctor at least a week prior to your departure, and we recommend you to carry your suggested prescriptions, medicines you use on daily basis, with other common medicines for flu, cough, sore throat, diarrhea and so on. If you prefer shopping medicines inland, you may need the generic names of your prescriptions, and the names of equivalent medications.
If you get sick, or get injured during your travel in Mongolia, you can be cured in local hospitals. Serious injuries might require the help of planes for medical evacuation. The medical evacuation may cost more than USD100.000 that is payable beforehand, either within Mongolia, or to the other countries. Currently, SOS Medica Mongolia UB International Clinic is making evacuation services in Mongolia.
It is crucial to be covered by your preferred travel insurance company in your home country. Basically, we do not offer travel insurance by now. But, all our tours and cars are fully insured for your safe travel along the country. We advice you to check with your travel insurance company provides the medical evacuation coverage. For your information, any medical treatment taken in Mongolian hospitals need the payment in advance, as you can claim it from your travel insurance company later on.