26 January 2021| Post byOnlineVisa
News updated on 07/06/2021
A new electronic visa (eVisa) for Mongolia has been launched, following a decision made by Parliament in December 2020. This will allow foreign travelers to obtain permission to visit the country online.
The move comes as one of a series of amendments to Mongolia’s immigration regulations made during the last parliamentary session of 2020.
Mongolia unveiled its new eVisa system on 1 June 2021.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the platform is currently not issuing visas.
However, the country’s entry restrictions have been loosened for certain travelers and it is expected that eVisas will become available in the near future as the situation deescalates further.
Mongolia’s New Online Visa System
The new eVisa platform will allow foreign nationals to get a Mongolia visa online for the first time.
When the system starts issuing visas, the following categories will be available via the online application:
- Tourist visas (category K2)
- Transit visas (category K4)
- Cultural and Sporting Event visas (category K6)
Tourist eVisas and Cultural and Sporting Event eVisas will allow the holder to stay in Mongolia for up to 30 days.
Transit eVisas will allow a maximum of 10 days between flights.
Mongolia eVisas have a validity of 150 days. They can be used to enter the country a single time during this period.
How the eVisa Will Change Traveling to Mongolia
At present, travelers from other countries fall into 2 main categories: those that can visit Mongolia visa-free for short periods of time and those who must apply for a visa at an overseas Mongolian embassy or consulate.
This is set to change with the introduction of a Mongolian eVisa. Electronic visas are widely available for entry to many countries around the world and are becoming increasingly common options. Mongolia is the latest nation to take this step into the digital future of the travel industry.
According to the press release from the official Mongolian news agency Montsame: “The concept of issuing visas only in paper format has been changed and new regulations have been introduced to issue visas in electronic and printed form in line with international trends and to improve the registration and control of foreigners.”
The electronic platform was launched on 1 June 2021. Once the coronavirus-related measures are eased, it will be possible for foreign nationals to apply for a Mongolian visa online.
How will the eVisa for Mongolia work?
It is expected that, similar to other online visa systems, the Mongolian eVisa platform will feature a straightforward application form for passengers to enter their personal and travel details prior to traveling to the country.
Applicants will need to provide a copy of the bio page of their passport, a recent color photo of themselves, and proof of accommodation in Mongolia.
The application is sent via a secure server and processed, with the eVisa being delivered by email within a few business days.
It has been said that the visa will be available in both printed and electronic formats in line with international standards.
The eVisa for Mongolia has been created to provide a streamlined application process. This will make it much easier to gain authorization to travel to the Asian country than the previous method of going to an embassy to apply in person.
Changes to Mongolia’s Immigration Policy
Mongolia is one of a number of countries to make changes to its regulations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergence of the B117 variant of COVID-19.
On 31 December 2020, the final plenary session of the Mongolian Parliament of the year was held. A number of amendments were made to the country’s immigration policy during this meeting, including the following:
- The plan to launch the eVisa in June
- Visa-issuing services at border crossing points
- Improving registration and monitoring of foreign nationals
- Facilities to extend visa expiration dates
Changes to foreign registration procedures in Mongolia
Mongolia requires foreign nationals to be registered upon arrival in the country. At present, the following individuals must register with the relevant State administrative body within the first 7 days on Mongolian soil:
- Visitors who plan to stay longer than 30 days
- Foreign nationals planning to reside in the country in the long term, whether for official or private purposes
The latest amendments to these regulations made at the December 2020 plenary session of Parliament dictate that in the future, the arrival should be registered within 48 hours.
The registration should be made on behalf of the foreign national by the Mongolian-based business entity, organization, or private citizen providing them with accommodation.
When Will Mongolia Visas Be Available?
On 10 March 2020, Mongolia stopped issuing visas to foreign nationals. It imposed a number of other COVID-19 travel restrictions, including the suspension of commercial flights and trains, as well as blocking road traffic from entering the country.
Much like countries like Vietnam and Russia, the availability of eVisas for Mongolia will depend on how the pandemic situation develops in the coming months.
Although the system was launched as planned on 1 June 2021, it is still not possible to actually obtain an eVisa. Applicants will see a message reading “Requests will not be accepted due to the Covid-19”. The issuing of eVisas is expected to commence in the near future. However, it will be delayed if reopening travel is deemed to be a risk due to coronavirus.