Mongolia seems to be one of those countries that everybody wants to visit, but few people do. In fact, I don’t think I’ve met anyone in real life who has actually been! Luckily there are a ton of travel blogs I can get inspiration from, and I can’t wait to cross it off my bucket list.
The visa application is a lot easier and cheaper than the Russian visa, but online help is hard to find! So here’s an easy to follow, step by step guide to getting your Mongolian visa, without going through an expensive travel agency or tour group. This information is valid as of August 2018 and applies to UK citizens only.
How to get your Mongolian visa
- Spend ages looking at yurt stays, eagle hunters and the Gobi Desert to give you all the inspiration you need for visiting this beautiful country.
- Check out the Foreign Travel Advice website for up to date information on entry requirements.
- This will redirect you to the Immigration of Mongolia website which actually has very basic information.
- You can also try the UK Embassy of Mongolia website to get a little bit more information.
- Either way, you’ll need to download the application form, print it out and fill it in as accurately as possible, it’s only two pages and very easy to do.
- You need to provide proof of flights (I had reservations for the train in and out of Mongolia and wasn’t sure it was enough, so I printed out booking confirmation for my flights into Russia and out of China) and accommodation for the entire duration of your stay. Can’t plan ahead? Make a hotel booking with Booking.com that has free cancellation.
- You don’t need specific dates for your visa application as the visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue, and your 30 days start from your date of entry, but it will ask for dates of arrival and departure.
- Make your way to the Mongolian Embassy in London. The visa section only opens on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can submit your application between 10am and 12pm, and collect your visa between 4pm and 4:15pm. There’s no postal option so you’ll need to pay the extra cash for a rush if you’re on a tight schedule!
- The visa office is in the basement of the embassy, and you’ll want to arrive half an hour early to get to the front of the queue. It’s very quick and simple if you have all the necessary documents. Make sure you have everything printed out, no screenshots. There are a few internet cafes, printing shops and hotels nearby if you need to print anything last minute.
- They don’t accept cash or credit. You can choose to either pay for the visa beforehand (make sure you have proof of payment printed out) or they’ll give you a bank slip which you take to the HSBC two minutes away, pay with cash, and drop the receipt off with your application, skipping the queue.
- If you chose regular service, just head back three working days from the date you submitted your application, as long as it’s a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. If you paid to have it rushed you’ll be able to go back at 4pm with your ticket and pick up your Mongolian visa! It’s as simple as that.
- one passport photo
- application form
- visa fee payment
- proof of air/train tickets
- hotel confirmation
- proof of payment (if paid online)
- Single Entry (standard) – £40
- Single Entry (urgent) – £60
- Double Entry (standard) – £55
- Double Entry (urgent) – £75
- Postal return – £9.80
Standard service: 3 – 5 working days
Express service: within the same day
The visa section of the embassy is only open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can submit your application between 10am and 12pm, and collect your visa between 4pm and 4:15pm.