|Typhoid & Polio
The medical care in the country cannot be compared to Europe and is often problematic in terms of technology, equipment and/or hygiene. In the countryside and in many large cities, there is a lack of European-trained English/French-speaking doctors. Communication without Mongolian language skills can be a big problem, especially with medical content. Mongolia has around 23,000 hospital beds and around 5,000 doctors. However, medical facilities are limited for foreign visitors. It is advisable to take a first-aid kit with you (possibly with a doctor’s certificate). Taking out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance is strongly recommended. Check ebizdir for more information.
 A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not a requirement for entry, but there is a risk of infection in the provinces of Orkhon, Selenge, Tuv, Ulantolgoi, Khotol and Zaamar. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel.  By eating and drinking hygienically, most diarrhea, some of which can be dangerous, and many infectious diseases can be avoided entirely. Water should generally either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When purchasing bottled water, care should be taken that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is often unpasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. It is best to avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.
Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. The plague occurs nationwide; for tourists, however, there is usually only a very low risk of infection. Protection against rats and fleas through safe sleeping places and more frequent linen changes as well as keeping away those who are already sick reduce the risk of infection. If you work in areas affected by the plague, it is advisable to take antibiotics prophylactically. Although according to official figures, the HIV/AIDS rate in Mongolia is low, the known risks of infection should be avoided. Rabies does occur. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The bird flu virus (H5/H5N1) has been detected in birds in Mongolia. Travelers should stay away from poultry and avoid all contact with live and dead animals. The consumption of raw poultry dishes and eggs should be avoided. Well-cooked poultry dishes and eggs can be enjoyed without hesitation. Thorough cleaning of the hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand disinfectant solutions is generally recommended as a precautionary measure.
An HIV test in English is required for work stays. Bringing your own syringes and needles for the test is permitted and recommended.
Tugrik (plural: Tugrig). Currency code: Tug, MNT (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 tug (5 and 1 tug are rarely encountered); Coins in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 tug (but are no longer used in practice).
Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are accepted in the cities in banks, larger hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and tourist shops. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs in the cities. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs in Ulaanbaatar with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Traveller’s checks are not accepted in Mongolia.
Bank opening hours
Mon-Fri 09.30-12.00 and 14.00-15.30.
Foreign exchange regulations
The import of national and foreign currency is unlimited and must be declared from a sum equivalent to 15 million MNT. The export of national and foreign currency is permitted up to the amount declared upon entry, minus the exchange amounts.
US dollars and euros should only be exchanged in banks and authorized exchange offices, as counterfeit money is increasingly circulating. Outside the cities, exchange is only possible in aimak centers. All exchange receipts and hotel and transportation bills should be retained until departure. Some can also be paid with US dollars and euros.
|Exchange rates (no guarantee)
|1 EUR = 2595.33 ₮
1 CHF = 3074.46 ₮
1 USD = 2482.00 ₮