Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Mongolia. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as the stay is less than 90 days. If you know you will be in country for more than 30 days, register with Mongolian Immigration within 7 days of arrival.

US Embassy/Consulate

+976-7007-6001; US Embassy Ulaanbaatar, Denver Street #3, 11th Micro-District, Ulaanbaatar 14190, Mongolia;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 103; Fire: 101; Police: 102


See WHO recommendations


Desert; continental (large daily and seasonal temperature ranges)

Currency (Code)

Togrog/tugriks (MNT)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, E

Plug Type CPlug Type E

Major Languages

Mongolian, Turkic, Russian

Major Religions

Buddhist 53%, Muslim 3%, Shamanist 2.9%, Christian 2.2%

Time Difference

UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time); daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Saturday in March; ends last Saturday in September; note: Mongolia has two time zones - Ulaanbaatar Time (8 hours in advance of UTC) and Hovd Time (7 hours in advance of UTC)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit

Suggested / Note: Mongolia is sparsely inhabited and most of the country's road network consists of simple cross-country tracks.

Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Karakorum; Gorkhi-Terelj National Park; Lake Khovsgol; Altai Tavan Bogd National Park; Orkhon Valley; Khustain Nuruu National Park; Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai

Major Sports

Soccer, horse racing, archery, wrestling, basketball

Cultural Practices

Displaying the middle finger outward is not the obscene gesture that it is in many western countries, but rather translates to "so-so."

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping 10% in restaurants is customary. It is accepted practice to tip guides and drivers $10-20 (USD) per person per day.


Wool, cashmere, and felt goods; leather goods, woodcrafts, batik fabric items

Traditional Cuisine

Khorkhog — meat (usually goat but sometimes mutton) and vegetables cooked inside large milk jugs using hot stones and water

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2022