Except for those countries summed up under the header visa-free, every visitor to Mongolia needs a visa. A Mongolian tourist visa is designated as J on your passport. It is valid for 30 days in the country and single entry.
A Mongolian tourist visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and you can enter Mongolia at any time up to the last day on the visa. The 90 day period does not need to cover the whole time in country, so long as you have entered before the last date shown on the visa. This will be the start of your 30 days inside the country.
60 day tourist visas used to be common but are now difficult to get. A source tells us Astana is a good place to ask for it, if you have good reason. If you do not get 60 days, you can still apply for a 30-day extension once inside Mongolia (see below) or get a different type of visa (no info yet, please let us know how you did it).
A double-entry tourist visa is also available, but only where the traveller is making a side trip from Mongolia and returning within a short time. The double-entry visa cannot be used to make two separate trips to Mongolia.
Transit visas are for train travellers only and you cannot leave the train while in Mongolia, except for the Ulaan Bator train station area.
Officially, a letter of invitation is no longer needed for tourists to visit Mongolia, but each embassy has a different rule concerning that, and those rules tend to change overnight for no apparent reason. See the embassy reports and visa application section below for more info and let us know if you had an experience needing/getting a LOI.Comments are closed. If you have questions or embassy reports, head over to our forum’s visa section.