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Mongolia has extended suspension of all inbound travel from foreign locations until June 30 and banned the entry of all foreign nationals for the same period. All commercial flights, passenger rail, and auto traffic into and out of Mongolia are suspended during this time period.
On March 18, 2020, the State Department issued a “Level 4: Do Not Travel” Travel Advisory to Mongolia due to the Global Health Advisory and Mongolia’s suspension of all international travel in response to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (the “novel coronavirus,” also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2).
On March 19, the State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
On March 11, 2020, the Department of State allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees and ordered the departure of their family members under 21 years of age due to travel, transport, and other restrictions related to Mongolia’s response to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (the “novel coronavirus,” also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2).
All routine visa and American citizen services at Embassy Ulaanbaatar are suspended until further notice. Should you need emergency assistance please contact the Consular Section at +976 7007-6001 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. For after hours emergencies please contact the Embassy’s duty officer at +976 9904-1956.
The information below is current as of May 15, 2020.
Travel Restrictions: Mongolia has extended a ban on all international travel and prohibited entry to all foreigners, even those with family ties to Mongolian citizens or who hold legal residency visas. Please see the Entry & Exit Requirements section bellow.
Compulsory Use of Face Masks in Public: On April 14, the State Emergency Commission announced the launch of the “Let’s Wear Face Masks” campaign to promote the use of protective face masks throughout Mongolia. The campaign will run until at least May 31. Individuals found contravening the regulation will be subject to a penalty of MNT 150,000 ($54) in accordance with the Law on Petty Offenses
Confirmation of School Closures for Remainder of Academic Year: On April 14, the State Emergency Commission extended the closure of all educational institutions in Mongolia for the rest of the academic year and until September 1. TV lessons will continue until June 1 and registration for kindergartens and primary schools will re-commence in mid-August.
Commercial/Charter Flights: The Mongolian government has authorized a very limited number of infrequent charter flights to locations outside of Mongolia. The Government of Mongolia has asked that foreign citizens, including U.S. citizens, express their interest in departing on one of these flights through their embassy. Should you wish to depart Mongolia on one of these flights please email the Consular Section at UlaanbaatarCoronaVirusEmergency@state.gov and include a picture of the bio page of your passport and that of any members of your traveling party. Please note, travelers are responsible for paying for these flights and must arrange immediate onward travel to the United States in order to avoid quarantine. This travel may be arranged with the airline one passage is reserved.
Should you require financial assistance in order to depart Mongolia please make note of this in your email to UlaanbaatarCoronaVirusEmrgency@state.gov and the Consular Section will contact you.
Given the Level 4 Travel Advisory for Mongolia “Do Not Travel” American citizens are encouraged to avail themselves of the opportunity to return to the United States. You should consider that Mongolian government authorized charter flights are infrequent, that their schedule unpredictable, and that the date resumption of regular international travel to/from Mongolia is unknown at this time.
- Local authorities have confirmed multiple 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.
- Mongolia has adopted the following preventative measures against COVID-19:
- As of March 10, all foreigners will be denied entry into Mongolia – see Entry and Exit Requirements below.
- Museums and libraries resumed operation as of June 22 .
- Closure of schools, universities, cinemas and entertainment centers until September 1.
- Professional and short-term training centers will be gradually opened. These include vocational trainings, language centers, and driving schools.
- School age children are prohibited from appearing in public places until May 31.
- Prohibition of public gatherings until May 31.
- Starting May 1, gyms, swimming pools, tourist camps, leisure centers, hotels, and similar public locations were opened if they meet standards of disinfection and implement social distancing.
- Religious institutions are only allowed to conduct internal activities.
- Bars and karaoke centers are closed for indefinite period and restaurants will operate until 12:00AM.
- The sale of alcoholic beverages is allowed only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight). However, serving and selling alcohol during the election period of
June 23 – June 25 is banned.
- Visitors to public offices are subject to temperature screenings and required to wear a facemask.
All flights to/from foreign locations have been suspended until at least May 31, significantly limiting travelers’ options to return to the United States.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- All inbound travel from foreign locations to Mongolia has been suspended from March 13 until at least May 31. All commercial flights, passenger rail, auto, and pedestrian traffic into Mongolia are suspended during this time period.
- Travelers accredited to diplomatic missions, international organizations, and their direct family will be granted entry but will be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival.
- All other foreign citizen travelers will be denied entry to Mongolia until at least May 30 even if they are direct family members of Mongolian citizens or hold valid resident visas.
- All travelers are subject to health screenings and quarantine upon entry to Mongolia.
- All travelers to Mongolia are subject to quarantine for 21 days upon arrival. Mongolian public-health authorities request that individuals arriving in Mongolia from any foreign country, i.e., every traveler arriving in Mongolia from overseas, will be quarantined under observation at NCCD for 21 days then self-quarantine at home for another 14 days after dismissed from hospital.
- 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)
- COVID-19 crisis page on Travel.State.Gov
- S. Center for Communicable Disease (CDC) page on COVID-19
- State.Gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- S. Citizen Smart Traveler Enrollment Program