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.
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.
Note: HKSAR passport holder visa exempted to visit the country for 15 days
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.
The national monetary unit is TUGHRIK (MNT).
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.
All shops, restaurants etc accept MNT only.
In these a wide range of goods may be bought for foreign currency like in USD at favorable prices - typical Mongolian souvenirs, furs, cashmere garments, camel wool blankets, national costumes, horns, etc... It is advisable to keep receipts as these may be required at customs on departure.
Some touristy places such as tourist ger camps, restaurants, souvenir shops etc accept USD.
In Ulaanbaatar major cards such as Visa and Master are widely accepted.
ATMs (cash machines) are easily found in Ulaanbaatar and provincial capitals.
You can bring USD (must be printed after 2002), GBP, Euro, the cash limit equivalent to 15000USD. Those currencies can be changed at banks (work for 24 hours. Travelers Checks are changed into cash at banks with some
charge. Leftover MNT can be converted back into USD, GBP or Euros by the end of your trip.
The standard voltage in Mongolia is 220 volts/ 50 hHz – plug 2 legs round. Sockets
Required a European type plug or adapter.
COMMUNICATION & Internet
Phone Code : + 976
International calls are available at most of hotels or Ger sites only that the fee is high.
Internet or Wifi are available in Ulaanbaatar and provincial capitals and some of the tourist Ger sites.
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. Typical Mongolian souvenirs aside from the Cashmere product, there are wine, furs, national costumes, leather garments and etc…. are available at reason prices.
Note: Our tours normally do not include any of compulsory shopping program, you may like to discuss with your guide
If you would like to shop some local products.
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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Best travel season JUN to SEP
In Central Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar and Karakorum region): 23'C daytime and 11'C nighttime with occasional rain.
In the Gobi: 30'C daytime and 15'C nighttime, sunny.
In the northern Mongolia the average temperature is some 20’C daytime & 10’C nighttime.
You can buy things you may need during the trip in Ulaanbaatar, there are supermarkets and markets
where you can find anything you may need, mostly imported goods from China, South Korea,
Germany, Japan, EU and Russia as well as Mongolian own goods, but not at the countryside.
You may find in good restaurants in Ulaanbaatar for dinning but not in towns or villages.
Once outside the capital, food normally provided at ger restaurants and local cafes which serves set menu or local food, not many choice but food are fresh and taste good.
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.
Every village or town has a hospital and ambulance only that most of the doctors do not speak
English. Suggested to bring your own travel ” first aid kit.
The country is safe to visit. Particularly in the country side area.
In Ulaanbaatar better not to walk alone in streets at night. Just be cautious with the pickpockets in crowded places
such as the Gandan monastery, airport, train station and shops…..
Tipping is common in Mongolia at restaurants, hotels etc. Amount equal to 5-10% of yourservice fee is good.
For guides and drivers, if you are traveling with a small group we suggested for USD10.00 per person per day for guide and USD7-8.00 per person per day for driver.
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.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage
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