US Citizens Traveling To Mongolia*
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure from Mongolia.
Blank Passport Pages
One page required.
Not required for stays of fewer than 90 days.
None required, please consult with your physician if you have any health concerns or questions.
Travelling to Mongolia
Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) in Ulaanbaatar is the destination airport for our trip to Mongolia.
You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the groups hotel. You should plan to arrive before 3PM on October 2 and you plan departures anytime on October 12.
There are two ways to travel to Mongolia from North America that are easy to navigate, via Beijing, China and via Seoul, South Korea.
Both airports have connecting flights to Mongolia. Air China has a direct flight from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar and Mongolian Air (MIAT) has a direct flight from Seoul to Ulaanbaatar.
Making connections in Beijing
When you fly from North America, you will only be issued one ticket to get you to Beijing. You have to go to a ticketing counter before security to obtain your second ticket from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. If you have two to four hours your luggage will be checked through, and you only have to get your second ticket.
If your layover in Beijing is longer than four hours you will need to go through customs in the line that says 72-hour visa and get that stamp on your passport, then retrieve your luggage and check in for your net flight at the appropriate counter on the departures level.
It sounds complicated, but its quite easy and we can walk you through more details when you are booking your flights.
Making Connections in Seoul
If you fly through South Korea, they have the same policies, but you don’t need to obtain a visa, you just have to retrieve your luggage for longer layovers and check into your flight three hours before departure.
Both airports have hotels in them. So for longer layovers, you don’t have to leave the airport if you don’t want to.
Mongolia Travel Tips
When booking flights, please do not cut your connections too short. We suggest at least 2 to 3 hours between flights to make it through security if your bags are checked all the way through to Mongolia. Especially in Beijing.
Kevin has done this route for the past five years and has mentioned that there can be delays on flights leaving Mongolia because of high winds and also said that there are frequent late arrivals into China and South Korea when you are flying from North America. Kevin always leaves 4 hours going through Beijing and 3 hours going through South Korea.
We might also suggest you arrive a day early to help you get over the jet lag before the trip. The extra night will cost you $100USD with breakfast, and we will arrange that you can pay the hotel directly. Alternatively, you can book your additional nights on Expedia with Hotel9 direct. Just make sure you inform us on how you want to do that.
Arriving in Mongolia
When you arrive in Ulaanbaatar, you don’t need a VISA if you are an American or Canadian citizen with an American or Canadian passport. You just need to fill out the customs declaration form and go through customs and retrieve your luggage.
Grab a cart to put your luggage on, and when you walk out into the arrivals terminal, our local representative/driver will be waiting with a sign that says, Jeff Wendorff Photography.
Your driver will take you to his car or van and drive you to Hotel9. The drive is approximately 30 minutes. Once you arrive at the hotel the diver will also show you the way to the third-floor reception area and introduce you to the girl at the check-in counter. She will give you a room card, and the porter will be there to take your luggage up to your room for you. Easy peasy!
The food is good at the restaurant on the 3rd floor and is open from 7:30 am till 10 pm.
Travel Information Required
Please make sure that you send Jeff and Kevin the following information before the trip.
- Your flight information
- Your date of birth
- Your passport issuing country
- Your home country
- Your passport number
- Your dietary requirements
- Any medical issues we should be aware of
- Emergency numbers back at home.Lodging & Transportation
I always use trip insurance for my travels. It’s so much easier and with so many more benefits when you compare it with your insurance. I’ve found the costs to be reasonable given the benefits. I use Travel Guard when I travel and even though; I’ve not had a claim they were helpful and easy to deal with on the phone.
*Information for US citizens travel to Mongolia was obtained from the US Department of State and was valid as of October, 2017. If you are traveling to Mongolia from another country, please check with your embassy to check the travel requirements for your country.