Mongolia Travel Information
As a result of the coronavirus, Mongolian authorities
have introduced extensive anti-infection measures and
restrictions. Among other things, closing the borders
with China and Russia and canceling all air traffic to
and from Mongolia - until April 30. Foreign nationals
may, upon arrival, be asked to undergo health checks and
be quarantined in specially designated premises.
Norwegian citizens traveling to/in Mongolia should
register at www.reiseregistrering.no, keep abreast of
news and be prepared for delays and other disadvantages
as a result of the restrictions. See more under
Mongolia is generally a safe country to travel to.
However, there is always a possibility that travelers
may be exposed to unpleasant surprises, violence and
other crime. Travelers should be vigilant and take
precautions. Stay up to date on the news situation
Norway does not have an embassy in Mongolia, but is
represented by an honorary consulate in Ulaanbaatar.
Responsible Norwegian Embassy for Mongolia is the
Embassy in Beijing.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that
anyone staying for a shorter or longer period in
Mongolia register on www.reiseregistrering.no. The
travel registration replaces previous registration of
Norwegian citizens at the embassy or consulate general.
Registration only takes a few minutes to complete.
Local emergency numbers are: Fire Brigade 101, Police
102, Ambulance 103.
Mongolia's cities are experiencing increasing crime.
It is advised to take general precautions. Theft and
robbery are the most common forms of crime, so you
should be careful about staying alone at night or in
exposed areas. Crime can be widespread especially near
bus and train stations and public transport. There have
been cases of violence against foreigners both inside
and outside the capital Ulaanbaatar.
- Countryaah: Ulaanbaatar is the capital
of Mongolia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Traffic in Ulaanbaatar is very burdensome and roads
outside the cities can often be poor, so you are advised
not to drive yourself, especially at night. Read
Mongolia Travel Guides for details on individual
locations, and keep in mind travel insurance before
The risk of terrorist incidents in Mongolia is
considered low. Mongolia is in an active seismic area,
and there may be a risk of earthquakes. The country's
location allows it to be affected at times by the
weather phenomenon "dzud", with drought in the summer
followed by extremely cold winters. Periods of drought
can cause sand storms, forest fires and water shortages.
Winters are long and can get very cold.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Visa : Norwegian citizens must apply
for a visa before entering Mongolia. This can be done at
Mongolia's honorary consulate to Norway. The Mongolia
Embassy in Stockholm is accredited to Norway .
Travel documents: When entering Mongolia, the
passport must have a validity of more than six months.
You can only travel to Mongolia by ordinary passport.
Travel documents for refugees (green travel document)
and travel document for people on humanitarian grounds
(blue travel document) cannot be used for entry to
Mongolia. Emergency passports can only be used for
transit when traveling home. However, reservations are
made that the entry rules may be changed at short
notice. It is therefore recommended that the country's
authorities be contacted when traveling is planned.
Coronavirus (covid-19): As a result
of the coronavirus, Mongolian authorities have
introduced comprehensive anti-infection
measures and restrictions, including closing the borders
with China and Russia and stopping all
commercial air traffic to and from Mongolia until April
30. Foreign nationals may, upon arrival, be asked to
undergo health checks and be quarantined in specially
designated premises at their own expense.
Furthermore, restrictions on infection/transport
between cities have been introduced and prohibition of
large crowds, conferences, etc. Schools and educational
institutions are temporarily closed, and
bars/restaurants operate with reduced opening hours. New
restrictions and measures can be introduced at short
Norwegian citizens traveling in Mongolia should keep
abreast of news and be prepared for delays and other
disadvantages as a result of the restrictions. It is up
to the individual to assess the need for change in
travel plans. The above restrictions may make it
difficult for Norwegian authorities to provide consular
assistance to Norwegian citizens in Mongolia. Travelers
should check the conditions of their destination
carefully before departure, and register at
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The standard of local medical offices and hospitals
in Mongolia can be poor outside the major cities.
Counterfeit drugs occur. If an accident should occur, an
ambulance can be called by calling 103. Medical
treatment in Mongolia is not free and should medical
evacuation become necessary, a very high bill is
expected. Travelers are therefore encouraged at all
times to have valid travel insurance. Also, be aware
that treatment of known diagnosis is usually not covered
by travel insurance.
Before leaving, you should contact the Public Health
Institute or the nearest health station to check which
vaccines are recommended for travel and stay in
Basically, the tap water is said to be safe to drink,
but it is still recommended to buy bottled water.
Outside the major cities, water quality can be very
The air pollution is severe in Ulaanbaatar,
especially in the winter season. Soot, smoke, exhaust
and dust can cause health problems, especially for
people with respiratory disorders.
The official language of Mongolia is Mongolian
(khalkha, 90 percent). Russian is also relatively
widespread, as well as Turkish and Chinese. English is
not widely used in hotels, restaurants etc. in the
capital Ulaanbaatar. It is recommended that you bring
along a travel guide/guide that contains information on
local customs that visitors should pay special attention
to (eg dress codes, etc.). You should familiarize
yourself with the laws and regulations beforehand. There
are particularly severe penalties for drug possession.
Norway is represented at an honorary consulate in
Ulaanbaatar. Responsible Norwegian Embassy for Mongolia
is the Embassy in Beijing.
The time difference is seven hours ahead of Norway.
National phone code is +976.
The currency unit in Mongolia is tugrik (MNT).
Visa and MasterCard are accepted at larger hotels, as
well as some restaurants and shops. There is an
increasing number of ATMs where you can withdraw local
currency with cards. When traveling outside the capital,
it is safest to bring USD or Mongolian weed.
Mongolia has a continental, temperate steppe climate
with long, cold winters and short, hot summers.
Sheltered location, high altitude and dry air provide
great temperature differences between day and night and
between winter and summer. The average temperature
around January is around -25 degrees, while the minimum
temperatures can drop to -50 degrees. The average
temperature for July is 15-18 degrees, but can rise up
to 35 degrees. In the capital Ulaanbaatar, especially
during the winter, you can experience high air pollution
due to, among other things, coal burning.
The power grid in Mongolia is at 220 volts/50. There
is a regular power supply in all cities and county
centers, but in rural areas, the supply is usually based
on a solar panel and may be somewhat uneven. The mobile
phone network is constantly improving, and the use of
mobile phones is widespread both in cities and in the
countryside. The largest mobile operator, Mobicom,
currently covers 90 percent of the country.
Banks are open Monday-Friday 0900-1200 and 1400-1700.
Usual opening hours for shops are 1000-1800, but in e.g.
Ulaanbaatar can be found supermarkets that are open
Contact information :
Embassy of Norway in Beijing
Phone: +86 10 8531 9600
Website: http://www.norway.no/china /
Honorary Consulate in Mongolia
SOS Medica Mongolia LLC, 4a Building, Big Ring Round,
15th Microdistrict, 7th khoroo, Bayanzurkh, Ulaanbaatar
Tel: (+976) 11 464325/26/27
Website: www. norway.no/china/
In urgent need of help, Norwegians in Mongolia can
call the embassy directly on (+86 10) 8531 9600. Outside
working hours the call is transferred to the Foreign
Ministry's Operational Center (UDops) in Oslo. UDops is
open 24 hours a day. You can also call via the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs' central table on (+47) 23 95 00 00.