Daily updates and Information for Travelers on Covid-19 in Mongolia
Last updated: 7 June, 2021
Breaking news: 28 day nationwide strict lockdown was lifted in Mongolia on 8th of May. From 22th of May, Saturday, following types of businesses and organizations that are allowed to re-open with the decision of the State Emergency Commission. Some activities and services will remain fully or partially re-open.
- Restaurants, Cafes, Coffee shops with /at half capacity/
- All types of training centers /limited to a maximum of 10 people/
- Fitness centers, gyms /at half capacity/,
- Swimming pools /at half capacity/,
- Hotels, ger camps outtside Ulaanbaatar /at half capacity/
- Retail markets, indoor and outdoor markets and shopping centers in Ulaanbaatar
The businesses reopening must choose to serve customers who received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines at least 14 days earlier or those who had already recovered from COVID-19. The proof of vaccination is available on E-Mongolia, the government’s digital service platform.
In addition, inter-city movement is open to all fully vaccinated passengers from 22th of May and travelers will no longer be subject to show approval from emergency commissions of rural provinces of destination. Public transportation services also starts.
Industry News: Preparation of re-opening air borders are making stage by stage. Good news is that Buyant-Ukhaa international airport receives ACI health accreditation.
ACI launched Airport Health Accreditation Program in July 2020 to assist airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic against global standards.
Vaccination: Mongolia is ranking high in the global effort to vaccinate populations against COVID-19. As of 7th of June, 1,872,056 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 1,525,552 have been fully vaccinated out of targeted population which about 2 million people.
Mongolian government projected to vaccinate around 2 million adult population of Mongolia are expected to receive the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines before 1st of June, and all target population in Ulaanbaatar city will be fully vaccinated within the month of May.
Current COVID -19 Situation in Mongolia
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Coronavirus crisis in Mongolia. First COVID-19 case was detected in March 2020, transferred to Mongolia from France. Situation was not so bad until the first domestic infection in November 2020. After that all borders are closed and internal transitions are restricted. Lunar New Year was not celebrated in public, it was allowed to celebrated at home only. There have been three times of nationawide lockdowns imposed since November 2020. As in other countries, public places and services, educational institutions and regarding offices have been closed and running as online.
Is it possible to travel to Mongolia now or in near future?
Mongolia opened its air borders on 1st of June. Fully-vaccinated Mongolian citizens and foreigners are allowed to enter Mongolia without quarantine. Foreigners who are not vaccinated, must be tested prior 72 hours and will be quaranteed for 7 days. If the visitor come from the countries where highly contagious mutation of the coronavirus, is not allowed to enter Mongolia until the further notice.
Aside from having a positive economic impact, this will allow the new international airport in Khushigt Valley to be opened within two months after the reopening of air borders. Having the target group fully vaccinated by the 1st of July, 2021. Thus, the officials are currently working on travel regulations and towards the goal to open the airport before the Naadam Festival.
Reopening plans are in process doing by officials and not yet to be announced now. We expect that tourism might resume in summer or autumn 2021. Travel also remains subject to various restrictions imposed by the countries through which travelers can enter Mongolia. We are closely following any prospect when tourism might reopen.
Travel to Mongolia with new eVisa from 2021
A new electronic visa (eVisa) for Mongolia will be introduced in June this year, according to the decision made by Government in December. This will allow foreign travelers to obtain permission to visit the country online.
At present, travelers from other countries fall into 2 main categories: those that can visit Mongolia visa-free for short periods of time and those who must apply for a visa at an overseas Mongolian embassy or consulate.
This is set to change in June 2021, with the introduction of a Mongolian eVisa. Electronic visas are widely available for entry to many countries around the world and are becoming increasingly common options.
Are the festivals scheduled in 2021 in Mongolia?
The year 2021 is special year for Mongolians. During our National Holiday Naadam Festival we, the Mongolians celebrate the anniversary of Foundation of the first Mongolian State, the anniversary of the founding of the Great Mongol Empire and the anniversary of the Mongolian People’s Revolution. During the Naadam Festival 2021, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mongolia's People’s Revolution, the independence of Mongolia. So before the Naadam Festival, all the planning of public holiday arrangements and safe travel regulations is being done by the officials. It is presented that by the end of June, all policies will be announced regarding to the Naadam festival celebration and other events such as annual Eagle Festival and winter festivals. Also Mongolia will re-open borders for tourism by July, the officials announced on public news media.
We, the Ayan Travel wishing you good health! Take care of yourself and your family during these unusual times. Hope to travel with you in the near future.