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About Mongolia Travel


Visitors must obtain visa approval prior to entry. A tourist visa for Mongolia can be obtained from any Mongolian Embassy or consulate office.
Visas are valid for 30 days and can be extended through our head office in Mongolia.
Who apply for a Visa at an Embassy
1.    Passport valid for 6 months beginning first day of travel
2.    Visa Application form  
3.    One passport-size photo
4.    A letter of invitation from the host company in Mongolia.
5.    Visa fee: The visa fee depends on Embassy and type of visa you have required. 
Please contact in person by telephone or e-mail the nearest diplomatic or consular mission of Mongolia. 
Who travel from the countries with no Mongolian Embassy or consulate office can obtain visa by 2 ways: 
Option 1:    Apply visa at closest country.
We will send you visa invitation letter for your nearest country.
Option 2:    Visitors can obtain Visa on Arrival.
Visitors can obtain a visa upon arrival in Mongolia.
We can apply for you to get a visa upon arrival at Chinggis Khaan (Buyant Ukhaa) International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The visa is done by us.
The procedure is as follows: 
1.     We submit details to the Immigration Department in Mongolia
2.     The Immigration Department notifies our company of visa approval and sends a fax/telex approval to the immigration officers at airport.
3.    We send a fax copy of the approval to the agent or individual concerned.
4.     Upon arrival in Mongolia show these forms at the Visa on Arrival counter and pay the immigration officers the stamp fee: 113800₮ (over $70; it’s depends rate: MNT=USD) for single entry/ exit visa (cash only).
Please provide the following information so we can apply for your visa. 
1.     Scanned copy of passport: Passport valid for 6 months beginning first day of travel
2.    One passport-size photo
3.    Date of arrival
4.    Flight number and time
5.    Fax number where we can fax you or your email address forward to you.
•    If we receive the above information, we will process the visa within 5 working days. 
Upon receiving the pre-approved visa letter, we send it to you right away. Kindly print it out and show it when needed.
•    Upon arrival at Mongolian airport, expect a simple form to fill in. Kindly prepare 2 pictures, 65USD for stamp fees per person and 15 minutes waiting time.
•    Be advised that we process visa on arrival for our in house guests only. 
Do not contact us if you only want visa service. It is not our business.
Important Notes:
•    The Visa On Arrival to Mongolia only works when you arrive by plane to the Chinggis Khaan (Buyant Ukhaa) International Airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
•    If you enter and exit Mongolia for more than one times, you must process a multi entry visa: For example, you visit Mongolia then you travel to China and back to Mongolia for few days, you must have a multi entry visa beforehand.
Visa Free countries
№    Country    Duration of stay    Visa exemption Agreement
1    Belarus    Up to 90 days    2013.09.04
2    Brazil    Up to 90 days    2015.09.21
3    Hong Kong    Up to 14 days    1998.06.18
4    Israel    Up to 30 days    1996.03.12
5    Kazakhstan    Up to 90 days    1994.12.02
6    Kyrgyz    Up to 90 days    1999.12.04
7    Cuba    Up to 30 days    2001.10.08
8    Macau    Up to 90 days    2004.07.03
9    Malaysia    Up to 30 days    1994.06.06
10    Singapore    Up to 14 days    1990.03.09
11    Ukraine    Up to 90 days    –
12    Philippines    Up to 21 days    1994.05.13
14    Turkey    Up to 30 days    2013.10.10
15    Laos    Up to 30 days    2007.10.14
16    Thailand    Up to 30 days    2008.01.13
17    Serbia    Up to 90 days    2013.11.08
18    Russia    Up to 30 days    2014.09.03
19    USA    Up to 90 days    2001.07.06
20     Japan     Up to 30 days    2010.03.24
21     Canada     Up to 30 days    2013.10.12
22     Germany     Up to 30 days    2013.05.30


You can get to Mongolia by a plane or on train. 
Air Gateway: 
-    Flights from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar by Aeroflot /Russian Airlines/ and MIAT /Mongolian Airlines/
-    Flight from Berlin to Ulaanbaatar by MIAT
-    Flight from Istanbul /Turkey/ via Bishkek to Ulaanbaatar by Turkish Airlines
-    Flight from Irkutsk /Russia/ to Ulaanbaatar by Aero Mongolia 
-    Flights from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar by MIAT and Air China /China Airlines/
-    Flights from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar by MIAT and Korean Air /Korea Airlines/
-    Flights from Tokyo and Osaka to Ulaanbaatar by MIAT
-    Flights from Hong Kong /China/ to Ulaanbaatar by MIAT 
Trains to Mongolia 
Train from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar takes 5 days to get to Ulaanbaatar, Capital city of Mongolia. 
Train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar takes 36 hours to get to Ulaanbaatar, capital city of Mongolia.


Mongolia is high, cold, and dry. It has an extreme continental climate with long, cold winters and short summers, during which most precipitation falls. The country averages 257 cloudless days a year. 
The best time to travel is during the Mongolian summer, from June till September.  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. 


The number of good hotels in Ulaanbaatar is increasing. They have a wide range of luxury amenities. 
The best 5 hotels in Ulaanbaatar
1. Shangrila hotel*****
2. Kempenski hotel*****
3. Best Western Premier hotel****
4. Ramada hotel****
5. Blue Sky hotel*****
Ger camps
Ger is Mongolian traditional accommodation. Outside of the capital, you will spend some - or perhaps all - of your nights at ger camps. These are locally-run enterprises set in rural locations near areas of cultural, historical or geographical interest. A ger camp typically comprises 20-30 gers, each with 2-4 beds and a traditional wood-burning stove. Separate male & female bathroom blocks with western-style facilities are located a short distance away, as well as a communal larger dining ger or lodge where meals are served.
Activity-based wilderness trips - trekking, riding, cycling, etc. - will mainly consist of wild camping. Some with vehicle support (incl. dining tent, portaloo), others with pack animals and a more pared down equipment quota. We supply all camping and cooking equipment, except for sleeping bags. However, these can be rented from us at a small additional charge.


Savour the serenity
Space. Glorious, mesmerising, limitless space. One of the least densely populated countries on earth, Mongolia is where the gods play golf. Endless fairways of treeless green, patterned by the shadows of clouds; lakes for water hazards; pristine air; epic silence – there is a reason that Mongolians refer to their homeland as the 'land of the blue sky'. Occasionally the scene is tweaked by a lonely ger (yurt) of white felt: the portable homes of Mongolia’s pastoralists dot the country's vast landscape. And when night falls, the stars come out to play. The Milky Way's billions of stars appear so close and clear it seems like you could sweep them up in your hands.

Meet Chinggis Khan
Branded an imperialist during Soviet rule, Mongolia's fiercest warrior is now a brand in his own right, adorning energy drinks, cigars, vodka and hotels. You might spot Chinggis Khan carved 60 metres high into the hills surrounding Ulaanbaatar as you touch down at the great ruler's namesake airport. Near Nalaikh, a giant silver statue of the Great Khan can be seen shimmering from miles off.  In fact, little is known about the ruler rumoured to lie buried somewhere secret in Khentii, a protected wilderness area. His tented capital, Karakorum, is long vanished, a pair of lonely stele markers at today's Kharkhorin the only trace. For a man who founded an empire stretching from Asia to Venice, the Great Khan left almost no physical legacy.

Eat the world’s weirdest breakfast
Boodog is an ancient steppe cooking technique still used today when herdsmen find themselves far from home. An animal – usually a marmot – is sliced open and stuffed with river stones heated on a fire, creating a primeval pressure cooker (they have been known to explode on occasion). The fur is then singed off and the meat carved up to eat. If you’re lucky you might get treated to this, ahem, delicacy as the morning sun warms your ger. It’s the preserve of men, which is hardly surprising – there’s no washing-up. A posher version is the khorkhog – a goat cooked with hot stones inside a milk churn.
Marvel at Mongol warriors
Eurasia was terrorised by the prowess and potency of the Mongols 800 years ago, and their skills are by no means consigned to history. Every summer, Mongolians congregate for Naadam festivals to compete in the ‘three manly sports’: horse-riding, wrestling and archery. Children under ten race horses across 20km courses; wrestlers of all sizes hulk it out (Chinggis Khan believed it a way to keep his soldiers battle-ready); archers pierce targets with deadly accuracy. The biggest Naadam festival is held every July at the National Stadium in Ulaanbaatar, but the remote rural contests are the true bastions of grassland tradition.

Explore the capital
Originally a sort of mobile yurt monastery, Ulaanbaatar has become Mongolia’s only true city. Best visited during the brief summer season, it has a curious, weather-worn appeal – a muddle of crumbling Soviet-era apartments, ger ghettos and shiny Chinese-built high-rises. Recently, a cafe culture has taken hold, complemented by some excellent restaurants, cashmere fashions, a monument to the Beatles, and, oddly, one of the finest LEGO shops outside Denmark. Culturally, the ramshackle Choijin Lama Temple presents gruesome murals of Buddhist hell, while at the State Youth & Children's Theatre, the Tumen Ekh ensemble specialises in the stirring art of throat-singing, the epic ‘long song’, shamanist dancing and contortionism.

Munch on mutton
You can eat everything from Asian fusion to KFC in Ulaanbaatar, but outside the capital, the flesh (and milk) of the sheep and goat are staples. After a summer ‘white season’ of mostly dairy foods, Mongolians quench their ‘meat hunger’ with mutton – boiled, fried or cooked in dumplings called buuz or pastries known as khuushuur. Milk is heated to make a clotted cream called orom, spread thick and yellow over slabs of Russian bread, and made into cheese curds called as aaruul, like rock-hard, lemony gobstoppers.

Go glamping
Sleeping in a rough-and-ready Mongolian ger is a quintessential grassland experience, but a growing number of tour operators are establishing sustainable, nomad-run ger camps that target the posh adventurer with innovative luxuries. Nomadic Journeys operates ger camps at pristine wilderness sites that feature heated eco-showers, hand-painted beds with thick yak’s wool blankets, and even a sauna ger. For the truly adventurous, they’ll open up an airstrip and fly people into the great Mongolian void – 365 degrees of pristine emptiness, and it’s all yours.

Get spiritual
The Erdene Zuu Khiid monastery, Mongolia's most important Buddhist site (Buddhism came to Mongolia via Nepal and China), was constructed out of the rubble of Chinggis Khan’s capital, Karakorum. But the country’s far older shamanistic tradition reveals itself on crags and hilltops –heaps of stones called ovoos are laced with horse skulls and strips of blue cloth, the colour symbolising sky worship. A few days on the steppe and you start to understand: the green grassland is a constant – it’s the ever-changing ‘eternal blue sky’, with its puffy banks of buffeting clouds, rain, wind and azure stillness, that lends form to every vista.

Discover dinosaurs
In Ulaanbaatar’s sleepy Museum of Natural History, an enormous pair of fossilised arms, tipped by 30cm hooked claws, hang from the wall. ‘Terrible Hand’, the monster these limbs belonged to, was until recently the great unsolved mystery of palaeontology. The arms were unearthed in the 1960s in Mongolia’s southern Gobi Desert; they didn’t find a complete body until 2014. Most of the world’s best dino finds have come from the Gobi, and several tour operators visit dig sites including the Flaming Cliffs at Bayanzag, where dinosaur eggs were first found in the 1920s.

Sip the milk of the horse
In the countryside, little girls in frilly dresses sit by the roadside hawking plastic bottles of airag – horse’s milk left to ferment outside a ger in a leather bag until it becomes alcoholic. Lip-puckeringly sour, it’s an acquired taste, but the locals live by it. Airag is the tonic of weddings, funerals, and frankly any other excuse for a knees-up. One reason for producing airag is that the fermentation process reduces the high levels of lactose (a natural laxative) found in mare’s milk. (RESOURCE: Tom O'Malley  Lonely Planet Writer)


Do not
•    Stand on the threshold when entering the Ger/house
•    Refuse offered drink or food in the Ger/house (it’s customary for Mongols to offer tea and food as a welcoming omen)
•    Whistle inside a Ger
•    Lean against the pillars in the Ger
•    Throw water or rubbish into the fire (fire is sacred!)
•    Touch other people’s hat or especially, man’s head
•    Walk over the Uurga (horse catching pole)
•    Point at someone with a single finger
•    Pee in any waters in nature such as lakes, rivers, streams ever! (Water is sacred!)
•    Spill milk/dairy in river, well, lakes
•    Talk or joke about bad things that may happen
•    Estimate travel hours as drivers believe it brings evil on the trip
•    Ask names of big mountains while the mountain is still in sight
•    Say thank you too much or for small gestures
•    Greet the people when entering the Ger
•    Give/receive presents with both hands
•    Try to speak Mongolian even it’s just Hello (sain bainuu?), Thank you (Bayarla!) or Bye (bayartai!)
•    Enter or leave Ger through the left
•    Accept food or drink with your right hand or both hands
•    Receive the snuff bottle and gently loosen the top without removing it
•    Bring some small gifts such as stationary for children
•    Always get on horseback from the left
•    Watch over your wallet/purse. Pick pocketing is common in crowded places
•    Shake the hands of someone who you have accidentally bumped feet with