All visitors to Mongolia require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries that can obtain a visa on arrival.
Visitors must hold passports that are valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.
Visitors from any country planning to stay in Mongolia for more than 30 days must register with the Mongolia Immigration Agency in Ulaanbaatar within the first seven days of arrival. Visitors who fail to register and who stay longer than 30 days, even for reasons beyond their control, will be stopped at departure, temporarily denied exit, and fined. Until 1997, individual tourists wishing to visit Mongolia needed a letter of invitation from either a Mongolian citizen or a foreign resident before being granted a visa. Since then the visa regime has been greatly liberalised with a resultant increase in tourism.
Mongolia previously had a temporary unilateral visa waiver for the citizens of 42 countries in place between June 2014 and December 2015.
Mongolia grants visa-free access to citizens of 26 countries and territories.
1 — Provided holding official or private invitation.
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This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (July 2017)
Visa-free agreement was signed with Paraguay on 26 September 2019 and it is yet to be ratified. Mongolia signed visa waiver agreements with Ukraine on 8 November 2019 and it is yet to be ratified.
Visa exemption applies only to holders of diplomatic passports of Czech Republic, Estonia (biometric passports only), France, Italy, United Kingdom and holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Peru, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkmenistan and Vietnam.
Nationals of China holding passports for public affairs do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 30 days.
The holders of United Nations Laissez-Passer (UNLP) and the officials of the UN Specialized Agencies travelling to Mongolia for the purposes of business and residency are exempt from visa requirements for 30 days.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a local sponsor or approval prior to arrival and can apply for a visa valid for 30 days independently at a border crossing:
Holders of a confirmation of a pre-arranged visa can obtain a single entry visa on arrival at Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport, provided their passport is valid for at least one year on arrival, arriving from a country without diplomatic representation of Mongolia and that sponsor in Mongolia submits request to the Mongolian Immigration Authority. The fee is 108,000 tögrög and 30 USD.
E-visas have been available since 30 October 2017. The e-visa permit allows citizens from countries with no Mongolian Diplomatic Mission or Consulate to obtain a visa on arrival to Mongolia. It must be applied 14 days in advance by a Mongolian inviter. The issuance of Mongolian e-visas has been suspended since 12 May 2020 and has not been resumed yet.
Most visitors arriving to Mongolia on short term basis for tourism were from the following countries of nationality:
|Source: Ulaanbaatar Tourism Department|
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