COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  09/14/2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • Mongolia continues to extend suspension of all inbound travel from foreign locations and has banned the entry of all foreign nationals with limited exceptions. All commercial flights, passenger rail, and auto traffic into and out of Mongolia are suspended during the time these measures remain in effect.  The Mongolian government continues to organize limited charter flights though these are most useful to depart the country as flights into the country are intended to repatriate Mongolian citizens from overseas. 

    As of September 14, Mongolia had not experienced any cases of community transmission of COVID-19.  Local authorities have confirmed hundreds of cases of COVID-19 in Mongolia.  These cases have all been observed in travelers returning from foreign locations to Mongolia.  All persons with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mongolia are currently in quarantine as are all travelers returning from foreign locations.Daily life in Mongolia has gradually returned to resembling that of pre-COVID-19 conditions. However, the U.S. Embassy expects the imposition of restrictive measures should community transmission of the coronavirus be confirmed.  Travelers present in Mongolia should take precautions had be prepared to shelter in place for extended periods of time.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • American citizens who hold valid residency permits and visas may be allowed to enter Mongolia. However, you must request permission from the Mongolian government prior to commencing your travel by contacting your nearest Mongolian diplomatic mission.  The method of entry, overland or by air, will be determined by the Mongolian authorities.If you meet the above criteria, you may also wish to register your interest in returning to Mongolia by filling out the Embassy’s Returning Resident Registration form.  Your information will automatically be forwarded to the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  You must also contact the nearest Mongolian embassy or consulate with the same information.
    • 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Mongolia experiences seasonal outbreaks of bubonic plague transmitted from marmots to humans. In response to these outbreaks the Mongolian government often restricts inter-provincial travel.  If you are traveling in Mongolia, you should pay attention to local media and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to ensure you receive timely updates from the Embassy.  These travel restrictions are unrelated to COVID-19.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • All travelers to Mongolia from overseas required to undergo a 21-day quarantine period. 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 21 days . On September 14, Mongolia ended its requirement that travelers complete a further 14-day home isolation. At the time of this publication only the 21-day institutional quarantine is required.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 your 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 hospital isolation.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Mongolian Government requires mandatory COVID-19 testing by 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. Private COVID-19 testing is not available in Mongolia at this time.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Wearing face masks and practicing social distance is compulsory aboard all public transportation though the observance of these measures by travelers is not consistent.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • The State Emergency Commission mandates the use of protective face masks throughout Mongolia on 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 re-opened and appointments are available by visiting the American Citizen Services section of the Embassy’s website (mn.usembassy.gov). Should you need emergency assistance please contact the Consular Section at +976 7007-6001 or write to UlaanbaatarACS@state.gov.
  • As of September 8, some routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services have resumed. The Embassy is prioritizing student visas at this time. Should you have an urgent need to travel immediately, 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 for immigrant visa UlaanbaatarIV@state.gov.

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