Mongolia continues to extended suspension of all inbound travel from foreign locations and has banned the entry of all foreign nationals. All commercial flights, passenger rail, and auto traffic into and out of Mongolia are suspended during the time these measures remain in effect.
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).
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 afterhours emergencies please contact the Embassy’s duty officer at +976 9904-1956.
The information below is current as of July 29, 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 mandated the use of protective face masks throughout Mongolia. Though many people are observed not utilizing protective face masks individuals found contravening the regulation are subject to a penalty of MNT 150,000 ($54) in accordance with the Law on Petty Offenses. The Embassy recommends that American citizens utilize protective face coverings while in public.
Confirmation of School Closures for Remainder of Academic Year: Mongolian public schools are scheduled to reopen on September 1, 2020.
Commercial/Charter Flights: The Mongolian government has authorized a very limited number of infrequent charter flights to locations outside of Mongolia and announces the schedule of these at regular press conferences. The Embassy communicates these schedules to resident American citizens via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program or STEP. In order to receive timely updates on departures please enroll your presence in Mongolia by visiting step.state.gov.
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.
- As of March 10, all foreigners will be denied entry into Mongolia – see Entry and Exit Requirements below.
- 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:
- All inbound travel from foreign locations to Mongolia has been suspended. This suspension has been regularly extended and the U.S. Embassy expects the suspension to continue in the near future. All commercial flights, passenger rail, and auto traffic into and out of Mongolia are suspended during the time these measures remain in effect.
- 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 these emergency measures are rescinded 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
- Center for Communicable Disease (CDC) page on COVID-19
- Gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- Citizen Smart Traveler Enrollment Program