IS MONGOLIA A SAFE COUNTRY?

Yes, Generally, Mongolia is a safe destination for travellers. No religious, civil and political resistance  or internal strife occurred there in recent years. City people will be happy to see you and nomads in countryside will be hospitable to you.

HOW ABOUT VISAS?

Most nationalities need a visa to visit Mongolia, including Americans. Visas can be acquired at any Mongolian consulate or embassy abroad. Visas are normally valid for 3 months after the date of issuings. This means that you should not get your visa earlier than 2 months before your trip. Visas cannot be issued any longer at the airport in Ulan Bator.
If you are transiting through Beijing, most European nationals are not needed visas if connecting internationally on the same day. However, be aware that some airlines do not know this rule and won’t let you board your flight to Beijing without a visa. Check with both, your local Chinese embassy and the airline you are flying with.

HOW ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?

With regards to travel insurance you can arrange it yourself in your own country. We are not responsible and can not handle any travel insurance issues.

WHAT ONE NEEDS TO BRING?

Your packing list depends on where you’ll go when you travel, what activities you’ll be undertaking, whether you’re an independent traveller and what accommodation you’ll be using. Here are some suggestions: photocopy of passport and other important documents, trousers and shoes suitable for walking as well as lightweight ones, warm jacket and clothes suitable for the city, waterproof clothing, sun hat, sun glasses, camera and spare batteries, torch and batteries for camping head, sleeping bags, water bottles, matches, pen knife, and first aid kit, medications etc.

HOW TO GET TO MONGOLIA?

Only international airport Chinggis Khaan receives flights from Moscow, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Berlin. Besides, MIAT Mongolian airline, Aeroflot- Russian airline, Korean Air- Korean airlines, Air China- CAAC have scheduled flights to/from Mongolia.
From America, best way is via Seoul. Many travellers take the opportunity to stop over in Beijing from where there are daily connections to Mongolia.

MIAT Mongolian Airlines – http://www.miat.com
Aeroflot – http://www.aeroflot.ru/eng/
Air China – http://www.airchina.com.cn
Korean Air – http://www.koreanair.com
www.airtrans.mn

BY RAILWAY

The majority of travelers arrive in Mongolia by Trans Siberian rail way. Please check the schedules. Note that international train schedules change frequently. For more information refer to: Mongolian Railway-http://www.mtz.mn/

HOW ABOUT MEALS?

In Ulaanbaatar you can have good dining in cosy restaurants featuring international cuisine; Italian, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and of course Mongolian meals. In countryside, if you stay in tourist camp you will have western styled meals and Mongolian BBQ. If you have tent camping, you will have picnic meals such as fried meat and vegetables, which can be cooked on fire outdoors.

HOW ABOUT VEGETARIANS?

If you tell us beforehand, we can manage most kinds of special meals for vegetarians.

HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION?

Accommodation is always on a twin sharing base. if you are staying in Ulaanbaatar, you will be staying in a hotel with 3-5 stars. You will stay in tourist Ger camp (Mongolian traditional dwelling) or tented camps near attractions.
Hotels in Ulaanbaatar graded as 3 and 4 stars are generally comfortable and offer in-room international standard bathroom facilities, TV with access to international channels, telephones with IDD, room service etc.

When we are travelling in the countryside often we will  stay in ger camps. Ger known as yurt, is a round-shaped, felt-covered, national dwelling of Mongolia. Each ger of tourist camp is well fitted with nicely decorated furniture such as table, chairs, fire stove, mirrors, wardrobes and other required items. A ger-room doesn’t have a bathroom. So travellers will use shared bathrooms and showers, which often are in separated buildings.

On many of our adventure journeys to more remote areas we use tented camps. Tents of high quality, mattresses, chairs, dining tables are provided. When necessary we also provide portal shower and toilet facilities for the comfort of our guests.

WHAT ARE THE VEHICLES?

Depending on the nature of tours and type of destination we use different types of vehicles; for overland expeditions we use Japanese Toyota Landcruiser jeeps, which is the best available for its type. In some remote areas where we have to fly we arrange local vehicles most of them happen to be Russian made UAZ four wheel drives either jeep or minivan. For sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar we use deluxe coaches and minibuses or small cars.

HOW FAR ARE THE DAILY DISTANCES?

The driving distance is on average 200 kilometers and at maximum of 350 km per day.

HOW ARE THE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS?

We sometimes use domestic flights to aimagcenters, area of which many of our discovery tours and adventure tours are arranged in surrounding areas. The personal luggage allowance on domestic flights is 15kg; the cost per kilo of additional baggage is 3400-4100Tg depending on distance.

WHAT ABOUT MEDICAL FACILITIES?

All provincial capitals have basic hospitals. We also require every client to bring his/her own first aid kit. We cannot accept you on any of our trips without a full medical insurance including evacuation cover. International SOS has a clinic both in Ulan Bator, Mongolia and Beijing and provides various evacuation plans. All services related to medical services are your or your insurer`s responsibility.

HOW ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION?

You can make an international calls from almost every hotel in the capital and the main cities.
Also, Mongolia is widely accessed with mobile and internet operators throughout the country.