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Visiting Mongolia

All visitors to Mongolia require a visa unless they come from a visa-exempt country. Depending on the purpose of visit, 62 categories of visa classified under nine types are issued, according to the Mongolia Immigration Office.

A foreign national can apply for a visa at the invitation of a Mongolian citizen or business entity.

Organizations, business entities, and citizens inviting foreign nationals must apply for the appropriate category of “visa permit” to the Office of Foreign Citizens and Naturalization in advance and obtain a visa for entry from the Diplomatic Mission and Consulate of Mongolia overseas.

When traveling from a country that does not have a Mongolian diplomatic mission or consulate, the inviting party must apply for a visa at the border 14 days prior to the arrival.

The inviting party can apply for a “visa permit” in person or online. In the case of online submissions, the requests can only be submitted on behalf of the sponsoring organization.

Investor visa

An investor visa (B) is for a foreign investor or senior official holding a managerial position within a foreign-invested entity, its branch or representative office.

When issuing visas to investors, the focus is on the actual investment in Mongolia, job creation, and tax payments. In addition, a residence permit in Mongolia shall be issued and extended for a period of up to three years on the basis of a permit issued by an authorized agency, type of business activity, tax payments, lease agreements, and number of jobs created.

The following investor category visas are issued to foreign nationals:

The following link provides detailed information on how to request a visa and resident permit for overseas nationals working for a foreign-invested entity or a representative office of a foreign-invested entity and their family members.

For further information on the investment environment, please click the link below:

Visas for business purposes:

A temporary business visa (K1) is granted to overseas nationals visiting Mongolia for the purposes of temporary business, representing a legal entity.

According to the revised regulations, business class visas will be issued to overseas nationals.

For further information on how to apply for a visa for business purposes for up to 90 days, please visit the following link.

Visas for employment:

“C” visas are issued in 20 different categories to overseas nationals visiting Mongolia for employment, depending on the field of employment. A work permit must be obtained before visiting Mongolia, and the time taken to secure this must be factored into the visa application process. Typically, a work permit is granted for 12 months but may be extended upon reviewing a request from the organization, work performance, and clear reasons for extending employment in Mongolia.

The categories of work visas include:

For further information, please visit the following link:

Tourist visas:

Visa requests for visits to Mongolia of up to 30 days or less may be submitted to the Mongolian Embassy or Consulate in the foreign national’s home country. Travel visas include the following categories:

For further information, please follow the link below.

Links for understanding different visa options

For further information, please follow the link below.

Applying for a visa to Mongolia


Visas shall be issued by the following authorities:

1. Tourist visa

Tourists are required to prepare the following documents when applying for a K2 visa for up to 30 days, either at a diplomatic mission of Mongolia abroad or at an international border crossing.

The Government of Mongolia has officially announced 2023-2025 as the Year to Visit Mongolia and temporarily exempted 34 foreign nationals from visa requirements for tourism in Mongolia for up to 30 days until the end of 2025 on January 4, 2023.

The visa exemption includes the following:

2. Visa for business

Link for more information:

Please visit the following link for more information on inviting overseas nationals for business purposes of up to 90 days:

3. Visa requirements for investors:

List of documents required from the sponsor

To request a visa for up to 90 days, please visit the following link:

To request a visa for over 91 days, please visit the following link:

4. Visa for employment

Citizens of 36 countries included in the “”Mongolia e-visa issuance list”” can apply for e-visa from anywhere. Citizens of these countries can apply for three types of visas for up to 30 days through the e-visa system, which will be processed within 48

Category of e-visa:

Order of e-visa application:

Standard processing:

Border entry with e-visa:

Foreign citizens can enter Mongolia carrying the printed e-visa form or on a smart device along with their passport, which will be scanned at the border control for confirmation.

Considerations for e-visa application:

Visa exemptions:

As of August 2021, Mongolia grants visa-free access to overseas national of 25 countries and territories.

List of overseas countries and territories that Mongolia grants visa-free access to

As of August 2022, Visa exemption also applies to holders of diplomatic passports or official/service passports of 36 countries and as well as United Nations personnel.

Visa on arrival at international border checkpoints

A “visa on arrival” shall be applicable 14 days before an overseas national is allowed entry to Mongolia if that overseas national is from a country where there is designated Mongolian diplomatic mission or consulate.

The following documents are required for submitting a visa on arrival request:

Notice period:

Visa policy:

The individual and business organization that provides accommodation to an overseas national shall register the overseas national to the Immigration Agency of Mongolia within 48 hours after they entered into Mongolia. Registrations can be made online using the website “”. Overseas visitors intending to stay in Mongolia for more than 30 days must register with the Mongolian Immigration Agency in Ulaanbaatar within the first seven days of arrival.

A residence permit is mandatory for overseas nationals visiting Mongolia intending to stay for over 90 days for official or private purposes and must apply for a permit within 21 days after entering Mongolia.

“Citizens and enterprises that invite foreign citizens and provide accommodation can register foreign citizens through the following platforms:

Required steps for obtaining residence permit in Mongolia

Source: Mongolian Immigration Agency
Information regarding residency permits in Mongolia:

Key terms

Who is a “foreign national” or “overseas resident”?

“Foreign national” or “overseas resident” both refer to a person who has foreign citizenship but but not Mongolian citizenship.

What is a sponsor?

“Sponsor” refers to citizens, business entities or organizations of Mongolia or foreign nationals
legally residing in Mongolia over a 90-day period who guarantees financial resources for the puposes of inviting an overseas national to stay in Mongolia.

What is a transit visitor?

“Transit visitor” refers to an overseas national who is traveling between two countries through the
territory of Mongolia (for example, between Russia and China).

What is a temporary visitor?

“Temporary visitor” refers to an overseas national visiting Mongolia for up to 90 days.

What is a Mongolian visa?

A Mongolian visa gives the overseas national permission to enter and stay in Mongolia for a certain period of time and is issued by the Mongolian Immigration Agency;

What is visa permission?

“Visa permission” refers to the documentation that grants Mongolian diplomatic and consular missions abroad the power to issue visas to foreign nationals, as permitted by the central state administrative body in charge of external relations and the state administrative body in charge of overseas citizens.

What is an electronic visa?

This is an electronic document confirming the issuance of a Mongolian visa to a foreign citizen.


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