Mongolia, a landlocked country bordered by China and Russia. Known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. One of the last few places on the planet where nomadic life is still a living tradition. Its capital, Ulaanbaatar, centers around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) Square, named for the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire and the National Museum of Mongolia, displaying historic and ethnographic artifacts, and the restored 1830 Gandantegchinlen Monastery.
Every tourist must complete a customs declaration which should be retained until departure. This allows the free import and re export of articles intend for personal use for duration of stay.
It is prohibited to import and export
- Guns, weapons and ammunition without special permission
- explosive items
- radio active substance
- opium, hashish and other narcotics
- pornographic publication
- publications, records, films and drawing opposing Mongolia
- research materials, paleontological and archeological finding, collection of various plants and their seeds birds, wild and domestic animals, wool, raw skin and hides and furs without permissions of appropriate Mongolian authorities.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
The national monetary unit is TUGRIK.
Bank notes are issued for 10,000,1,000,500,200,100,50,20,10,5 & 3 tugriks. Coins are available in various small denominations.
Medical services are available upon request. Emergency services are available only in town
and cities. All necessary expenses related to medical services are the responsibility of the patient.
The standard voltage in Mongolia is 220 volts/ 50 hHz – plug 2 legs round. Sockets
require a European type plug or adapter.
Time is allowed for shopping in Ulaanbaatar and at the tourist camps. There are many duty free shops where convertible currencies are acceptable. Typical Mongolian souvenirs, wines, furs, Cashmere, garments, camel wool, blankets, national costumes, boots, jewelry, carpets, books records leather garments and etc. are available at reason prices.
Mongolia is a remarkably sunny country that enjoys in average 280 sunny days in year. While the country re-known for its cold winter (it can be as cold as 30"C below zero), Mongolian summer is very warm with an average temperature 20"C above zero. Because of its continental location and high altitude, temperatures can vary, especially in the Gobi desert and mountains. It advised that you bring a warm sweater and a raincoat along with a sun glasses and hat. Winter lasts from November to late April. Spring is from May to June. Summer is from July to September. The average temperature is +20ºC (+65F). Winter is -20ºC (-13F).
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There is no limit on foreign currency, traveler's checks, etc. brought to Mongolia. Foreign currency must be registered at Mongolian customs. USD is still the most popular foreigner currency that may accepted at major hotel or shops. EUR are being accepted as well. You can withdraw cash from your international VISA or Master Cards. Also in Ulaanbaatar there are many ATMs. You can also exchange your leftover MNT back into USD, GBP or Euros at the end of the trip.
The Banks have a network of branch and exchanging bureau at most hotels. There are duty free shops where convertible currencies are accepted. In these a wide range of goods may be bought for foreign currency at favorable prices - typical Mongolian souvenirs, furs, cashmere garments, camel wool blankets, national costumes, horns, etc.. in all other local shops only local currency is used. It is advisable to keep receipts as these may be required at customs on departure.
Diners Club, American Express and Visa Card are accepted for at major hotels such as Bayangol, Chinggis khaan, Ulaanbaatar among others.
Visa is required for foreign nationals from other countries.
Follow the following steps and requirements to obtain a Mongolian visa from your nearest Mongolian Embassy:
One copy of visa application form is required for Mongolian visas and state clear travel dates
A valid passport must be produced
For a group visa the Consular Section needs only passport of a tour leader and the rest of the clients should provide the following (nationality, sex, date of birth, passport number, date of issue, expiry date).
3 recent passport size photo should be attached.
Self-addressed and registered Envelope is required in case visa applied by post.
All visas, except transit are issued by the Mongolian Embassy.
If there is no embassy in your country, can apply a landing visa valid for 30 days if you are booking all the land tour through our agency with a handling charge, needed at least 5 working days.
Your passport or travel documents must be valid for 6 months.
Packing list good for traveling in Early Spring or Late Autumn
• Warm jacket + gloves+ scarf and hat
• Warm boots / walking boots + wool socks
• Wool trousers or equivalent /for wearing under your jeans in the countryside/
• Warm long sleeved sweaters or fleece
• Sunglasses /for the possible snow and Mongolian famous sun/
• Personal Hygiene items
• Camera with plenty of films and batteries
• Torch and batteries
• Small gifts for the nomads /just to give you some ideas: stationary is good for the kind to encourage their studies, items that are useful for their everyday life, candies and chocolates are always famous for the kids etc, :-) /
• Wet ones and tissues
• 4 small & medium zip loc bags for trash disposal
• A small towel
• Luggage padlocks
MOREOVER DON’T FORGET
- Warm silky or thermal underwear
- Shampoo, toothpaste
- Chocolate, cookies, teabags or instant coffee
- Spare batteries and films for cameras and videos and flashlight
- Tampons and sanitary napkins
Classic and national opera, ballet, folk concert and circus are main evening entertainments offered to tourists. Visits to evening entertainments are possible during the weekends. Ulaanbaatar has a thriving nightlife with a number of lively nightclubs, pubs, and dance clubs.
Mongolia is the best place to cashmere products: sweaters, gloves, scarves, dresses, blankets, etc. As the country is a one the world’s leading producer of raw cashmere it offers very competitive prices as well as good design and quality.
Variety of art crafts is of interest to foreign travelers. Mongolia has a unique nomadic culture and arts/culture became one of its largest export items.
ROADS AND TRANSPORT
Roughly 15% of Mongolian 47000km road is paved and the rest is dirt. As Mongolian climate is harsh and extreme, it makes the paved roads bumpy and cracked. The road are mostly dirt and no road sign but not much traffic, may be bumpy and dusty. The most suitable vehicles for traveling in Mongolia are 4WD Russian and Japanese jeeps and minivans.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within MONGOLIA are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT (FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONG KONG)
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm
More information about Mongolia http://www.discovermongolia.mn