COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   07/27/2021

***  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 United States 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.

Country-Specific Information

  • Mongolia has officially lifted the restriction on inbound/outbound travel starting from June 1, 2021. There are about 10 countries with open borders including the United States, and travels between Mongolia and these countries are allowed.  Please see below for quarantine information.
  • On June 30, 2021, the Government of Mongolia announced that the current status of “heightened emergency preparedness” is extended by two months.
  • Mongolia started working a COVID-19 information call center at “119”. However, calls are made only in Mongolian.

COVID-19 Testing

  • 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
    • Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available at Intermed Hospital in Ulaanbaatar.  The cost is 33,000 MNT for rapid test and 98,000 MNT for PCR test and test subjects are responsible for bearing the costs of testing.  You should visit the hospital’s website for detailed instructions and to reserve an appointment.  Test results will be delivered via SMS or e-mail within 24 hours. (in English/Mongolian)
    • COVID-19 testing is available at SOS Medica. The cost is 176,000MNT for PCR test and test subjects are responsible for bearing the costs of testing. Test results will be delivered via SMS or e-mail within 24 hours (in English/Mongolian). Subjects should call the Hospital to make an appointment.
    • Though Mongolia has made COVID-19 on-demand voluntary testing available through the Ministry of Health the reservation website is currently only available in Mongolian. Results of these tests are delivered via SMS however the Embassy has received reports from U.S. citizens that delivery of test results has been inconsistent.
    • The Emergency Commission of the Capital city releases updated free of charge COVID-19 test stations on a weekly basis for Ulaanbaatar. Please click here to see the locations and work hours (valid until July 2, 2021).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Mongolia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Mongolia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
    • According to Mongolian authorities U.S. citizens who are legally resident in Mongolia may be vaccinated.  U.S. citizens should register their interest in vaccination by visiting their local Khoroo (Micro-district) government office.
    • The Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on April 30, that legally resident foreigners may seek vaccination by going to the nearest vaccination center. Residents of Ulaanbaatar will be vaccinated first. Starting from May 9, the Mongolian Government plans to gradually decrease the number of vaccination centers and has encouraged those seeking vaccinations to do so as soon as possible.
  • Which vaccines are available in Mongolia?
    • Mongolia is currently administering the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sputnik V vaccines.
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
    • The U.S. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • You do not need a visa if visiting for fewer than 90 days, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of arrival. For stays of more than 30 days, you must register with Mongolian Immigration within seven days of arrival. Failure to register will result in a fine of $100-$300 upon departure and you will not be allowed to depart the country until the fine is paid in full to the Mongolian Immigration Agency. You will also be fined if you stay beyond your 90-day admission even if you extend your stay due to circumstances beyond your control. This fine, which accumulates daily for every day your stay extends beyond 90 days, must also be paid in full before Mongolian authorities will allow you to depart.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Travelers must present a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of scheduled arrival in Mongolia.
  • 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.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
    • Travelers are encouraged to follow recommended infection prevention measures individually.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Travelers who have reached 14 days after vaccination should present their vaccination certificate if traveling into Ulaanbaatar from provinces. If provincial residents are traveling from provinces with registered case must present negative COVID-19 test received within the past 72 hours.
    • If traveling out of Ulaanbaatar to the provinces, travelers who have reached 14 days after vaccination must present their vaccination certificate at the provincial post. If not vaccinated, entry will be conditioned negative COVID-19 test received within the past 72 hours. Children under five will be entered based on guardian’s vaccination certificate, children above the five must present negative COVID-19 test received within the past 72 hours. Only one child above five should present negative test results representing other siblings.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • As of June 24, 2021, the SEC announced new guidance on “Temporary procedure for isolating travelers from abroad”. These include:
    • Unvaccinated travelers or those who are within 14 days after vaccination arriving to Mongolia must complete a seven-day institutional quarantine and will be tested on the 6th day.
    • The Ministry of Health will update a on a regular basis and travelers who have visited or transited the listed countries the last 14 days will complete 14 days of institutional quarantine and will be tested on 6th and 12th day.
    • If travelers have no symptoms and test negative for COVID-19 during institutional quarantine, they will be transferred to a seven-day home quarantine.
    • Travelers who have reached 14 days after vaccination or those who have proof of having fully recovery from COVID-19within the past 4 months will be directly transferred to a seven-day home quarantine. This applies to children who are under 18 years old.
    • Travelers need to present their 72-hourvalid COVID-19 PCR test result upon border entry.
    • Regardless of whether fully vaccinated or treated for COVID-19, travelers will be tested upon arrival at the airport and while on home quarantine.

Transportation Options

    • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • 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.

Consular Operations

  • Routine American Citizen Services have resumed and appointments are available by visiting the American Citizen Services section of the Embassy’s website. Should you need emergency assistance, please contact the Consular Section at +976 7007-6001.    
  • Consular section resumed limited immigrant visa services. You may send your immigrant visa-related inquiries to UlaanbaatarIV@state.gov.
  • Some routine nonimmigrant visa services have been temporarily closed and the embassy is only processing interviews whose emergency requests have been pre-approved. Nonimmigrant visa-related inquiries can be sent to UlaanbaatarNIV@state.gov. 

Local Resources:

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

State Emergency Committee Commission of Mongolia on Twitter @secmm (In Mongolian)

 Other links:

COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov

CDC page on COVID-19

Mongolia Country Information and Travel Advisory page – travel.state.gov