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For details, consult with your travel agent, or any Mongolian embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Mongolian


The unit of money in Ulaanbaatar is known as Togrog/tukrigs (MNT). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

MNT 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.00049 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.00031 Euro (EUR)
0.00026 British Pound (GBP)
0.0027 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
0.026 Indian Rupee (INR)
0.04 Japanese Yen (JPY)
1.00 Mongolian Tughrik (MNT)
0.00051 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.0022 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.00047 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.00035 US Dollar (USD)


5% service charge is applicable.


Tipping in restaurants, bars and cafes is not expected although, as more and more tourists are providing tips, the staff are of course very appreciative. Places will charge a 13% sales tax on top of their menu prices so be aware of this.

If you wish to leave a tip, 10% of your total order is a very reasonable amount.

Business Hours
Office Hours

9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday

Public Health

Shangri-La recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay. Bottled drinking water is available in every room.


Dress is generally informal in Ulaanbaatar except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.

Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats, and gloves as temperatures can drop to well below freezing with strong winds.

Light clothing is appropriate for the spring and summer months.


The Mongolian Climate is one of extremes - hot summers and sub-zero winters.

Known as the 'Land of Blue Skies', it has over 260 sunny days each year. The winter is long and cold with temperatures often well below -30oC. Despite these temperatures, the blue winter sky makes it often feel warmer. There is very little snowfall but it and ice can remain for several weeks at a time.

The rainy season is from July to September, but the showers are often brief. The summer is a very pleasant time because, although temperatures can reach +40oC, the air is very dry. The Gobi usually has hot temperatures. Summer evenings can be cool because of Mongolia's high altitude. The Spring is a time of strong winds, especially difficult in the sandy areas of the Gobi.

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan -25ºC -35ºC
Feb -20ºC -30ºC
Mar 1ºC -20ºC
Apr 12ºC -2ºC
May 18ºC 6ºC
Jun 25ºC 11ºC
Jul 28ºC 12ºC
Aug 21ºC 15ºC
Sep 18ºC -1ºC
Oct 0ºC -5ºC
Nov -9ºC -15ºC
Dec -22ºC -30ºC

2.9 million

Khalkha Mongol, Turkic, Russian

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900