COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information   

 Last updated:   05/03/2021    

***  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 continues to severely restrict inbound travel from foreign locations and has banned the entry of all foreign nationals with limited exceptions; see Entry and Exit Requirements below.  Most commercial flights, and all passenger rail, and passenger auto traffic into and out of Mongolia are suspended with limited exceptions though the government has announced its intention to gradually open borders beginning May.
  • Unvaccinated travelers returning from foreign locations are subject to a seven-day institutional quarantine while fully vaccinated travelers are subject to a seven-day home quarantine upon arrival.  Travelers subject to institutional quarantine will be placed into a government-controlled facility, usually a hotel at the traveler’s expense, upon arrival.
  • The Mongolian government extended the state of “all-out-preparedness” and associated lockdown measures still effective in Ulaanbaatar continuing until May 8. This decision also follows rising COVID-19 case counts throughout the city and the provinces.
  • During this lockdown, grocery store business hours are limited to between 7AM-7PM.
  • Sales of alcoholic beverages above 18% are prohibited.
  • Operations of capital city and local administrations are suspended except district and state emergency commission.
  • Travelers present in Mongolia should take precautions and follow host-country recommendations to prevent transmission of COVID-19.  Please continue to monitor this website for updates as the information below may change rapidly.

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 and 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.

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   
    • American citizens who hold valid residency permits and/or visas (including those with family or business ties) may be allowed to enter Mongolia if granted special permission by the Mongolian Immigration Agency. Travelers must have their sponsoring business or organization make a request for entry to the Mongolia Immigration Agency at +976 1800 1882 or info@immigration.gov.mn, with a copy to the appropriate Mongolian embassy/consulate covering the visa holder’s geographic region. Entry into Mongolia is only allowed with a valid Visa issued on or after October 08, 2020.  Requests from individual travelers will be refused.  The method of entry, overland or by air, will be determined by the Mongolian authorities
  • 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? Yes
    • Between April 26 and May 8 only essential businesses will be allowed to operate.  City residents will be allowed to access essential services like grocery stores, medical care, and pharmacies near to their homes.  You may also seek COVID-19 testing or a vaccination and walking/exercising outside, nearby one’s residence and in groups of no more than five people, is allowed.
    • Travelers are encouraged to follow recommended infection prevention measures individually.
    • Vehicular travel within Ulaanbaatar is limited to “essential” business categories. Only those with QR codes will be allowed to travel on specific time period.
    • State Emergency Commission plans to implement new regulations to tighten movement of the pedestrians. However, this has not yet been finalized.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Passenger auto traffic out of Ulaanbaatar is prohibited while commercial vehicles transporting food, merchandise, animal feed, and fuel are allowed until May 8.
  • Travelers with essential needs will need to be screened by government authorities prior to travel and tested for COVID-19.  These testing locations are:
    • “Buyant Ukhaa” sports complex
    • Bayanzurkh district’s Technical Inspection Center (outdoor testing)
    • Songinokhairkhan district’s “Nomin” warehouse (outdoor testing)
  • Travel into Ulaanbaatar is limited. If traveling from provinces with no infections registered, travelers may enter upon completion of a health questionnaire. However, if traveling from infected areas, entry will be conditioned upon a negative COVID-19 test received within the past 72 hours.

Quarantine Information     

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes   
    • All passengers arriving to Mongolia must complete a seven-day institutional quarantine upon arrival.  Passengers arriving with proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be permitted to quarantine at home. 

Transportation Options    

  • Are commercial flights operating? No  
    • Mongolia has restricted the operation of international commercial passenger flights.  A limited number of flights are operating.  American citizens report little difficulty booking flights to depart Mongolia, however, inbound travel remains subject to approval by Mongolia’s State Emergency Committee (SEC).  Media reports indicate that commercial options may increase and restrictions may ease in the coming months.  
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes   
    • Public transportation is allowed only during 7AM-10AM and 5PM-8PM limited for “essential” business category until May 8.

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    

  • Due to the strict lockdown imposed by the Government of Mongolia, routine American citizen services will be suspended effective  until 8 May. The Consular Section prioritizes re-scheduling of these appointments at the earliest possible time as conditions allow.  Should you need emergency assistance, please contact the Consular Section at +976 7007-6001.    
  • Consular section will resume limited immigrant visa services following the lockdown and non-immigrant visa services are suspended at least until end of May 2021.  
  • You may send your nonimmigrant visa-related inquires to UlaanbaatarNIV@state.gov and immigrant visa-related inquiries to UlaanbaatarIV@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