Last updated: 03/01/2021
*** 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 U.S. 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.
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at UlaanbaatarACS@state.gov and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration. The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- Mongolia continues to extend suspension of all inbound travel from foreign locations and has banned the entry of all foreign nationals with limited exceptions; see Entry and Exit Requirements, below. All commercial flights, passenger rail, and auto traffic into and out of Mongolia are suspended during the time these measures remain in effect with limited exceptions.
- The State Emergency Commission (SEC) declared the COVID-19 outbreak has been eradicated in the provinces.
- All travelers returning from foreign locations remain subject to institutional quarantine. 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.
Updated COVID-related restrictions as of March 1
- The SEC lowered the state of emergency preparedness by one step in Ulaanbaatar, to a “heightened state of preparedness,” based on an assessment of COVID-19 mass testing in the capital city. This easing may authorize 95% of businesses to reopen.
- The SEC also announced an interim regulation to categorize the pandemic level. This includes the following 4 levels:
- Red – Level 4: If community transmission reported
- Orange – Level 3: If cluster transmission reported
- Yellow – Level 2: If transmitted (imported) infection reported
- Green – Level 1: If no infection reported in the last 28 days
Ulaanbaatar is classified as “Yellow – Level 2” effective at 0600 on February 23..
- All educational institutions are planned to reopen from March 10 in green zones or provinces (outside of Ulaanbaatar city). School status in the capital will be finalized soon after the risk assessment is complete.
- On March 1, the Mongolian government announced that movement restrictions out of Ulaanbaatar have been lifted. Residents traveling out of Ulaanbaatar with their own vehicles or on public transportation must have negative PCR test results obtained within the past 72 hours. If a test’s validity has expired, officials of the receiving province may administer rapid COVID-19 tests to incoming travelers.
- Limited outbound Mongolian government-controlled charter flights have been announced, and American citizens interested in seats on these flights should contact MIAT Mongolian Airlines for reservations. Though subject to change, the SEC has reduced the quarantine regime for inbound travelers to ten days of institutional quarantine followed by four days of home isolation. For travelers arriving with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, only seven days of home isolation will be required. All arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Mongolia.
- 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
- U.S. citizens can obtain a drive-through COVID-19 test at Intermed Hospital. The cost is 33,000MNT ($11.54) and is not covered by the government. U.S. citizens should first visit the hospital’s website to review COVID-19 test instructions and then make an appointment online. The test result will be delivered via SMS or e-mail within 24 hours. The Mongolian Ministry of Health has also released an online system for those seeking voluntary on-demand testing; however, the website is not currently available in English.
- The Mongolian government requires mandatory COVID-19 testing by the 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.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html.
- Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email UlaanbaatarACS@state.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Mongolia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?
- Yes, on February 15, the Ministry of Health announced the start of vaccinations from February 23. The Mongolian government holds agreements to import four types of vaccines, and transportation/processing has already commenced. AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are set to be imported in the first round. The Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate 60% of the total population.
- The United States 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.
- Information from the CDC regarding 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 State Emergency Committee. Travelers must have their sponsoring business or organization make a request for entry to the Mongolia Immigration Agency at +976 1800 1882 or email@example.com, with a copy to the appropriate Mongolian embassy/consulate covering the visa holder’s geographic region. 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
- 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.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- All travelers to Mongolia from countries with mutated strains of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days, while others must quarantine for 10 days.
- The SEC has reduced the quarantine regime for other inbound travelers to ten days of institutional quarantine followed by four days of home isolation. For travelers arriving with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, only seven days of home isolation will be required.
- 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 14 days. 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 you 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 to hospital isolation.
- Are commercial flights operating? No
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- 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.
- Routine American Citizen Services have re-opened 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 or write to UlaanbaatarACS@state.gov.
- Beginning March 9, some routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services will resume. Should you have an urgent need to travel, 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 immigrant visa-related inquiries to UlaanbaatarIV@state.gov.
- 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