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Foreign nationals of the following countries/territories can enter Mongolia visa-free:
- For up to 90 days: Belarus, Brazil, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau SAR, Serbia, Ukraine and the United States. Ukrainian citizens need an official or private invitation to qualify for visa-free entry.
- For up to 30 days: Canada, Cuba, Germany, Israel, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, Turkey and Thailand.
- For up to 21 days: Philippines
- For up to 14 days: Hong Kong SAR, Singapore
For other foreign nationals, the process for obtaining a thirty day visa or tourist visa is relatively painless, requiring a visa application form, a small fee at the local Mongolian embassy and an invitation letter that is arranged through tour companies. Licensed tour companies can issue this invitation letter for you. However, the citizens of Indonesia, Russia, China and Taiwan and some other countries needs to get an official invitation letter that is issued by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after confirmation by the tour company or firm or individual who is inviting you.
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Located in north-central Asia, Mongolia is a beautiful, vast and remote country consisting of pasturelands, which support the immense herds of grazing livestock that the country is popular for. The gorgeous open landscapes reveal rich forests and barren deserts. The country natural scenery is unspoiled and there is abundant wildlife.
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mongolia
- Rich cultural heritage – a united Mongolian state of nomadic tribes was formed in the early 13th century CE by Genghis Khan, and his successors controlled a vast empire that included much of China, Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
- Wonderful wildlife – famous for its endemic species, Mongolia has some of the world’s most fascinating fauna including wild sheep, Saiga antelope, gazelle, Golden Eagle, Whooper swans, and Musk deer.
- Picturesque mountains – there are four main ranges of Mongolia mountains: the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia have the highest peak. The Gobi-Altai mountains extend southeast into the Gobi desert. The Khentii mountains lie to the east of Ulan Bator, and the Khangai mountains cover most of central Mongolia.
- Marvelous deserts – the desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altai Mountains and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan Desert to the west, by the Hexi Corridor and Tibetan Plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast.
- Natural wetlands – Mongolia is dotted with hundreds of lakes. Its wetlands are diverse-glaciers, lakes, rivers, streams, marshes, and oases.
5 Activities to Enjoy in Mongolia
- Festivals – Mongolia hosts many festivals throughout the year. In July there’s the popular Naadam Festival. Other festivals celebrated include the Mongolian New Year, the Ice Festival at Lake Khovsgol, the Thousand Camel Festival held in the Gobi Desert, the Nauryz New Year celebration for the Mongolian Kazakhs, and the two Golden Eagle Festivals.
- Fishing – if you enjoy fishing and fly fishing specifically then you’re in for a treat. If you’re lucky you’ll catch the huge taimen freshwater fish.
- Recreational activities – in Mongolia you can enjoy archery, horse racing, wrestling and you can even go camel riding in the Gobi desert.
- Dog sledding – guided trips are available for those who have always wondered what it feels like to ride the sled and with temperatures reached -40 degrees Celsius in winter, Mongolia is perfect for it.
- Food tasting – the cuisine of Mongolia, known as the Five Snouts includes horses, sheep, goats, camels and yaks, all of which are used in traditional dishes. Yak milk is a common part of the diet, used to make soups and curds as well as cheese. Much of the cooking is done over a barbecue known as a khorkhog, where a pot is placed on burning rocks over a fire.
5 Places to Visit in Mongolia
- Ulaanbaatar – the capital of Mongolia is the country's economic, cultural and political center. You’ll find many interesting sites to explore including the largest Buddhist monastery built in the 19th century. The Gandantegchinlen Monastery translated simply means "Great Place of Complete Joy” and it’s truly a magical place of peace and tranquility.
- Natural History Museum – here you can study the Geography, Geology, Flora and Fauna, and Paleontology of Mongolia.
- Altai Tavn Bogd National Park – this national park features five of the tallest mountain peaks in the country.
- Dornod Mongolia Steppe – the Dornod Mongolia Steppe is a large, protected grassland ecosystem. It is one of the largest on earth and has countless white-tailed gazelles which migrate through the area each year.
- Gobi Desert – the Gobi desert is one of the largest deserts in the world contender spreads across both China and Mongolia. It is a stunning site where you will find vast Khongor Sand Dunes and you can ride camels.
Mongolia’s glorious skies and vast fenceless plains will bring forth your inner spirit of adventure and give you the peace and serenity you deserve on holidays. Full of lively and accommodating people, Mongolia truly opens up your inner spirit or hiimori “wind horse” as the locals call it.
Mongolia is known as the 'Land of the Blue Sky' because it sunny throughout the year. Winter lasts from November to February, spring from March to mid-May, summer from mid-May till late August, and autumn is in September and October. July is peak tourist season and the time you can experience the Naadam Festival.