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Travel & Tourism . Tourist Guide to the Country

Mongolia Travel Requirements

Valid passport required by all.

Required by all except the following:
a)Nationals of Kazakhstan and Poland for up to 3 months.
b)Nationals of Israel and Malaysia for up to 1 month.
c)Nationals of the Philippines for up to 3 weeks.
d)Nationals of Singapore for up to 2 weeks.

Tugrik (Tug) = 100 mungos. Notes are in denominations of Tug10,000, 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of Tug200, 100, 50 and 20, and 50, 20 and 10 mungos.

Currency exchange
Official organisations authorised to exchange foreign currency include commercial banks in Ulan Bator and bureaux de change at certain hotels.

Credit cards
Accepted by main commercial banks and large hotels.

Travelers cheques
Midland Bank and Thomas Cook (UK) travellers cheques are accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars.

Currency restrictions
The import of local currency is limited to Tug815, provided declared on arrival. Bank certificates must be shown. Import of foreign currency is unlimited, but must be declared. Export of local and foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival.

Duty Free
The following goods may be imported into Mongolia without incurring customs duty:
a)200 cigarettes.
b)2 liters of alcoholic beverages.
c)A reasonable amount of perfume.

Prohibited items
The items are:
a)Guns, weapons and ammunition without special permission.
b)Explosive items, radioactive substances, narcotics.
c)Pornographic publications any publication, records, films and drawings critical of Mongolia.
d)Research materials, palaeontological and archaeological findings.
e)Collections of various plants and their seeds, birds and wild or domestic animals, wool, raw skins, hides and furs without permission from the appropriate authorities.

Geting There
By Air:
Mongolia's national airline, MIAT - Mongolian Airlines (OM), operates flights to Ulan Bator from Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul.

By Rail:
Ulan Bator is linked to the Russian Federation and China by the Trans-Mongolian Railway. An express train runs once a week between Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing. Trains on international routes have sleeping and restaurant cars. There are also two other weekly trains from Ulan Bator to Beijing as well as one to Moscow.

By Road:
There are several international road links; the principal route is via Irkutsk (East Siberia) to Ulan Bator. Travelers are not normally allowed to enter Mongolia by road unless they obtain prior permission from the Mongolian authorities.

Tipping is usually not customary, but this custom is changing.

Social Conventions
Religious customs should be respected, in this country.


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