Last updated: 01/19/2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Mongolia continues to extend suspension of all inbound travel from foreign locations and has banned the entry of all foreign nationals with limited exceptions; see Entry and Exit Requirements, below. All commercial flights, passenger rail, and auto traffic into and out of Mongolia are suspended during the time these measures remain in effect with limited exceptions.
- The State Emergency Commission (SEC) declared the COVID-19 outbreak has been eradicated in the provinces.
- All travelers returning from foreign locations remain subject to institutional quarantine. Travelers present in Mongolia should take precautions and follow host-country recommendations to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Please continue to monitor this website for updates as the information below may change rapidly.
Updated COVID-related restrictions as of January 19:
- The Mongolian government has downgraded its state of emergency in Ulaanbaatar from “all-out preparedness” to “heightened preparedness,” effective January 11, 2021. In connection with this decision, movement restrictions have been lifted and most business categories are permitted to resume limited operations (these 18 business categories remain suspended). The government continues to track active COVID-19 clusters in Ulaanbaatar.
- Schools also remain closed.
- Travel restrictions on non-essential movement into and out of Ulaanbaatar remain in place. With limited exceptions, domestic travelers will not be permitted to exit Ulaanbaatar during this period. Incoming travelers from provinces and soums with no COVID-19 transmission will be permitted entry upon completion of a health questionnaire, whereas those from affected areas will be subjected to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19.
- Limited outbound Mongolian government-controlled charter flights have been announced, and American citizens interested in seats on these flights should contact MIAT Mongolian Airlines for reservations. Though subject to change, the SEC has reduced the quarantine regime for inbound travelers to two weeks of institutional quarantine followed by one week of home isolation.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Mongolia? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- U.S. citizens can obtain a drive-through COVID-19 test at Intermed Hospital. The cost is 33,000MNT ($11.54) and is not covered by the government. U.S. citizens should first visit the hospital’s website to review COVID-19 test instructions and then make an appointment online. The test result will be delivered via SMS or e-mail within 24 hours. The Mongolian Ministry of Health has also released an online system for those seeking voluntary on-demand testing; however, the website is not currently available in English.
- The Mongolian government requires mandatory COVID-19 testing by the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) for all arriving travelers. This testing is free for every traveler to Mongolia from overseas and the testing cost is covered by the Mongolian government.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Mongolia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
- Inbound travel to Mongolia remains suspended until further notice, although the Mongolian government has announced limited repatriation flights during the month of January. The Mongolian government anticipates authorizing additional international flights in upcoming months.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- American citizens present in Mongolia on 90-day tourist visas are required to exit Mongolia upon expiry of the visa. The Mongolian Immigration Agency informs the Embassy that Americans who do not depart will be fined and not allowed to depart the country until the fine is paid. Americans present in Mongolia who possess a Certificate of Alien Registration must renew their residency by contacting the Mongolian Immigration Agency. You will be required to possess a valid U.S. passport for this renewal. You may contact the Consular Section’s American Citizen Services Unit to request an appointment for renewal.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- Travel into and out of Ulaanbaatar is suspended with limited exceptions. Ulaanbaatar residents can enter the city by local transportation, but this may require a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- All travelers to Mongolia from overseas are required to undergo a 14-day institutional quarantine period followed by a period of 7 days of home isolation. Mongolian public-health authorities require that individuals arriving in Mongolia from any foreign country, i.e. every traveler arriving in Mongolia from overseas, will be quarantined under observation at a government-monitored quarantine facility for 14 days. Upon entering Mongolia, you will be placed into a government-controlled facility, usually a hotel, at your own expense. You can expect to undergo multiple COVID-19 tests while in this facility as well as regular health screenings, including temperature screenings. You will have no choice of which facility you quarantine in and the Embassy has received reports from travelers dissatisfied with the accommodations, including a lack of heat and limited food selection.
- Should you test positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine, Mongolian protocols require you to be removed to a hospital isolation facility until medically cleared by testing negative for COVID-19 several times. Even if you are asymptomatic you should expect to be moved to hospital isolation.
- Are commercial flights operating? No
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Wearing face masks and practicing social distance is compulsory aboard all public transportation.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- The SEC mandates the use of protective face masks throughout Mongolia on a situational basis. When such mandates are in effect people who contravene the regulation are subject to a penalty of MNT 150,000 ($52) in accordance with the Law on Petty Offenses. The Embassy recommends that American citizens utilize protective face coverings while in public.
- Non-emergency U.S. citizen services are suspended until further notice. Should you need emergency assistance, please contact the Consular Section at +976 7007-6001 or write to UlaanbaatarACS@state.gov.
- As of December 22, immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services are suspended. The Consular Section hopes to again resume these visa services as soon as it is practical and safe to do so. Should you have an urgent need to travel, please follow the guidance provided at https://ustraveldocs.com/mn/mn-niv-expeditedappointment.asp.
- You may send your nonimmigrant visa–related inquires to UlaanbaatarNIV@state.gov and immigrant visa-related inquiries to UlaanbaatarIV@state.gov.
- Government of Mongolia COVID-19 updates (In Mongolian)
- Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (In English and Mongolian)
- Montsame – Mongolian News Agency (In English and Mongolian)
- World Health Organization Mongolia on Twitter @WHO_Mongolia
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Mongolia Country Information and Travel Advisory page – travel.state.gov