Many travellers have reported border and customs difficulties when entering Mongolia from Russia by train. Problems may occur if all goods and cash have not been declared on customs declarations when entering and exiting Russia. There have also been reports of difficulties in obtaining Russian visas in Ulaanbaatar. You should ensure you have all necessary visas for onward travel before arriving in Mongolia.
Free import of:
- 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco;
- 1 litre vodka, 2 litres of wine, and 3 litres of beer;
- old currencies, 1 per appropriate unit, which is not in use but only for collection purpose;
- goods up to a value of USD 1,000.- per passenger (not for industrial and trade purposes);
- personal effects.
Additional Information on regulations:
Following items must be declared on arrival: archeological artifacts, ancient books and manuscripts, art, electronic goods.
Prohibited: Books, film, tape or other medium that may be considered violent or pornographic, narcotics or psychoactive substances or their accessories;
Restrictions: Archeological or palaeontological artifacts, firearms and spare parts, human blood or body parts, over-the-counter medicines, poisons, radioactive or chemical substances, samples of animals or plants for analysis and weapons.
Export regulations: Same as is allowed for import. However, goods (not for industrial and trade purposes) are restricted to a value of USD 500.-.
Pets: Dogs and cats require a Good Health Certificate.
Baggage Clearance regulations: Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry.
Airport Embarkation Tax
Airport Tax is levied on all passengers departing from Mongolia. Fee: USD 12.-.
Currency Import regulations:
Local currency (Mongolian Tugrik-MNT) and foreign currencies: no restrictions provided declared on arrival.
Currency Export regulations:
Local currency and foreign currencies: up to the amount imported and declared.