COVID-19 Information

***  Effective November 8, 2021, non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.  Such travelers continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information

  • Mongolia has officially lifted the restriction on inbound/outbound travel starting from June 1, 2021. Please see below for quarantine information.
  • On August 25, 2021, the Government of Mongolia announced that the current status of “heightened emergency preparedness” is extended until December 31, 2021.
  • The Mayor’s office of Ulaanbaatar city announced the resumption of all cultural and entertainment activities starting from October 1st, 2021. These activities include, opening of karaoke venuesevent halls (including for receptions, seminars, and meetings), and entertainment events that meet health and safety requirements and will not exceed 50% of the venue’s maximum capacity 
  • On September 27, 2021, Mongolia’s State Emergency Commission (SEC) announced that starting from November 1, 2021, food production, and service operations will be restricted after 10PM each day 
  • Mongolia started working a COVID-19 information call center at “119” and “19001950”. However, calls are made only in Mongolian.
  • Due to COVID-19 exposure in Erlian city, Inner Mongolia, the Zamyn-ude and Erlian border has been closed down starting from October 14, 2021 for an indefinite period of time.  

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.  Test results will be delivered via SMS or e-mail within 24 hours. (in English/Mongolian). Visit the hospitalwebsite for additional information.
    • 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). Call the Hospital for additional information or to make an appointment.

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
    • The Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on April 30, that legally resident foreigners may seek vaccination by contacting their registered district family health center.
  • Which vaccines are available in Mongolia?
    • Mongolia is currently administering the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Sputnik V vaccines.
    • 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
    • In addition to presentation of a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Mongolia, inbound travelers are also currently required to submit to PCR testing upon arrival at Ulaanbaatar’s international airport.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?
    • Travelers are encouraged to follow recommended infection prevention measures individually.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • 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.
    • The Provincial Emergency Committee of Dornogobi stated that starting from October 18, 2021 0600, travel restrictions requiring permission to enter or depart the province are no longer in effect.  

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, a fourteen-day home quarantine is required upon entry.
  • As of October 15, 2021, the SEC announced new guidance on “Temporary procedure for isolating travelers from abroad”. These include:
    • Travelers must present their valid COVID-19 PCR test result (taken within the last 72 hours) upon border entry.
    • All travelers will be tested upon arrival at the border and directed to a fourteen-day home quarantine, regardless of test result.
    • Each traveler’s address and phone number will be taken at the border checkpoints.

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.    
  • Routine immigrant visa services have also resumed. You may send your immigrant visa-related inquiries to UlaanbaatarIV@state.gov.
  • The Consular Section has resumed processing certain categories of nonimmigrant visas, including students, exchange visitors, and petition-based work visas, and continues to review requests for expedited appointments in accordance with guidance published here. 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