• Money and Banks
  • The Mongolian currency is called Tugrik (MNT). Hardly any bank outside of Mongolia will stock Tugrik bills so that you will have to change your money after arrival. As in many developing countries, many businesses will be happy to accept US dollars and Euros.
  • Especially in the travel industry, prices are normally calculated in dollars. Dollar bills should be no older than about 10 years, or nobody will accept them anymore. The banks in the capital city offer practically all service that can be expected, including currency exchange. In addition there are many exchange shops which offer good exchange rates. The Tugrik has been stable in relation to the US dollar for several years.
    1 USD – 1418.45 MNT
    1 Euro – 1872.85 MNT (Stand 14 April 2009)
    Most large shops, hotels and restaurants in Ulaanbaatar will accept the common credit cards. Visa and Master cards are widely accepted except AMEX card. Small shops, merchants on public markets and everybody on the countryside will only be able to process cash. « less
  • Visa requirements
  • Obtaining visa to Mongolia is a relatively trouble free and simple process. Mongolian visas are available for various periods of time as a tourist a 30 day single visa is the norm. Mongolian visas are issued by Mongolian Embassies and Consulates abroad or upon arrival at a special request. If there is not any Embassy Consular Office and also Honored Consul in your country you can get a visa at the immigration office of Chinggis Khaan International Airport.
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  • Customs
  • Every tourist will complete a customs declaration form on arrival, which must be retained by them until their departure. This allows the free import and export of articles for personal use during your stay. The contents of checked-in baggage must be declared on arrival if the total value of those contents exceeds US$1000 in value.
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  • Health and Insurance
  • Mongolia is generally healthy country to travel in. The dry, cold climate and sparse human habitation means few of the infectious diseases. You may consider having the some vaccinations such as tetanus, polio, typhoid, hepatitis and rabies.
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  • Safety and Security
  • Mongolia is relatively safe place, and women traveling alone are usually treated with respect and friendship. Normal sensible precautions should be taken to safeguard for your belongings, especially in Ulaanbaatar. Pick pocketing and bag slitting is most common in crowded places such as the black market, on buses or a tourist attractions.
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  • Climate and Clothing
  • The climate in Mongolia is extremely continental. Sudden changes from heat to cold, from summer to winter are amazing and sometimes hard to bear. Temperatures may fall by 30 degrees not only in season, but also within fortnight. Mongolia has about 260 sunny days per year average, which makes a rainy summer vacation very unlikely.
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  • Communication
  • The phone networks in the capital are in good shape, and even international connections normally work well in both directions. The Mongolian mobile phone operators use the widely adopted GSM standard. Basically, there is no obstacle to use roaming with European and Asian mobile phone.
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  • Electric voltage
  • The standard voltage in Mongolia is 220 V. Mostly sockets that accept round twin forks are used. If your gadget plug has flat forks you need fork adapter or convertor.

  • Food
  • The Mongolian diet includes a large proportion of dairy products and meat. The nomads of Mongolia sustain their lives directly from the products of their animals such as horses, cattle, yaks, camels, sheep and goats. Meat is either cooked, used as ingredient for soups or dumplings, or dried for winter.
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