Only certain nations have a ‘travel without visa’ agreement with Mongolia. The good news is the visa is fairly easy to arrange. Below you can find full information on the visa process, where to apply and a full list of the visa exemptions.
Applying for a Visa in Beijing
Prepare a completed application form and passport photo. As well as a signed approval for a third party to apply on your behalf if that is the case.
The express service has been suspended for non-Chinese visa applicants. Allow four working days to apply for the visa in Beijing.
The Embassy is often busy and we can not guarantee first time application, meaning you should allow six working days for the visa service.
The Mongolian tourist visa in Beijing is issued for 30 days stay in Mongolia in most cases.
The Mongolian transit visa can only be issued with proof of through train ticket which we may not have available at time of application. In this case you will need to apply for a tourist visa, or apply for the visa closer to your time of departure.
A Mongolian tourist visa is required for any trip to Mongolia (for example our tours to the Gobi Desert or starting from Ulaanbaatar). A tourist visa is valid for 14 to 30 days in most cases and can be obtained three months in advance of your travel dates.
A Mongolian transit visa is required when travelling by train directly from China to Russia and is normally valid for 48 hours in transit, sometimes for 5-10 days. First, you need a valid Russian visa and your train ticket through the country to apply for a transit visa.
The Mongolian visa is usually straightforward and easy to obtain in most embassies throughout the world. You may be able to obtain the visa yourself before arriving in China. Check the procedure at your local embassy.
Most nationalities do not need any supporting paperwork when applying for a tourist. However, nationals of South Africa, China, Brazil, etc may need an official invitation sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Ulaanbaatar directly to the Embassy.
We can arrange an official visa invitation for € 20 per person as long as you have booked a tour with us in Mongolia. We will need to know your passport details, address, employment details and importantly in which Embassy you intend to make the application.
Exemptions – Visa Not Required
If you are taking the Trans-Manchurian route the train travels from Russia to China via Harbin and avoids the Mongolian border. This train doesn’t enter Mongolia, so you don’t need a Mongolian visa.
If you are travelling from Vladivostok to Moscow it is unlikely you will include Mongolia in your tour itinerary.
Citizens of following countries do not require a visa to visit Mongolia for up to 90 days:
Belarus | Brazil | Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Macao | Serbia | USA
Citizens of following countries do not require a visa to visit Mongolia for up to 30 days:
Canada | Cuba | Germany | Israel | Japan | Lao | Malaysia | Russia | Thailand | Turkey
Citizens of following countries do not require a visa to visit Mongolia for 21 days:
Citizens of following countries do not require a visa to visit Mongolia for 14 days:
Hong Kong | Singapore.
Visa Process in Beijing
Consulate of Mongolia in Beijing
2 Xiushui Beijie, Jian Guo Men Wai, Beijing
As of Summer 2015, the Mongolian Embassy in Beijing is open for visa application Monday to Friday from 9am until 12pm. You can only make an application at these times. The Embassy is open for passport collection from Monday to Friday at 4pm – you can not make a visa application at this time.
Embassy hours are very informal, do not be surprised if you are kept waiting.
The Consular section is always very busy (especially in summer) and so expect to queue to apply. You may not reach the front of the queue on the first attempt as the queues can be long and the Embassy closes on time.
You will need a signed application form, acceptance letter duly signed, your passport (with at least 1 blank page for the visa sticker) and one passport picture.
Nationals of China, certain South American countries, South Africa will also need a letter of invitation sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulaanbaatar directly to the Embassy.
Costs & Payment
Transit visas costs ¥256 (3 working days) and Tourist visas cost ¥406 (3 working days) if you apply in person.
You need to make payment with a bank card at the time of application. Payment in cash is not a preferred method of payment.
The following is a small list detailing the address of the website in a few locations, popular among our customers. This list is by no means definitive.
Embassy of Mongolia in Beijing
2 Xiushui Beijie, Jian Guo Men Wai, Beijing
Consulate of Mongolia in Hong Kong
Mongolian Consulate General in Hong Kong
Unit 1203, 12/F, Tower 2, Lippo Centre,
89 Queensway Road
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2522 2400.
Apply by appointment only. The application needs to be submitted before 12:00 noon. Processing the visa takes 2 to 3 working days. We do not offer a visa service in Hong Kong as application must be made in person.
Visa fee: HK$ 410 (around €46)
The visa service in Hong Kong is normally available to HKID Card holders only. Foreigners without a HKID Card are considered for acceptance by the Consulate on a case by case.
HK Passport holders can travel to Mongolia visa free for 14 days.
Mongolian Consulate in Shanghai
Mongolia consular agency in Shanghai
Шанхай дахь Консулын тєлєєлєгч
1428 South Pudong Road, 1st Floor
Open from 10am to 12pm Monday to Friday for visa application and standard visa application takes 5 working days, they also offer an express service in 2 working days. Collection of passports is in the afternoon.
Consulate General of Mongolia in Singapore
600 North Bridge Road
#24-08 Parkview Square
Tel: (65) 6348 0745
Mongolian Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam
Van Phuc Diplomatic Quarter, Villa 6, Van Bao street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, Vietnam
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, from 09:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 16:00