Standard business hours are from 9.00am to 6.00pm with lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Government offices are open from 8.00am to 5.00pm with lunch from 12.00pm to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Jan 1 - New Year’s Day
Jan-Feb - Tsagaan Sar Lunar New Year (1st three days of Mongolian Lunar calendar)
Mar 8 - International Women’s Day
Jun 1 - Children’s Day
Jul 11-13 - Naadam Holiday
Nov - Chinggis Khan’s Birthday (1st day of the 1st winter month by Lunar calendar)
Dec 29 - National Independence Day
Mongolia has an extreme continental climate with a hot summer and long cold winter. The country is situated far from seas and oceans in the lee of surrounding mountains, all of which contribute to a dry climate.
For weather details in Market, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.
The official currency is the Mongolian Tugriks (MNT). There are 20 000, 10 000, 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 Tugriks notes, with five and one being less common
Oanda currency converter
Most banks are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Many stay open until 7.00pm and some are open 24 hours. Credit cards are widely accepted, though paying cash in taxis and some shops may be required.
Automatic Teller Machines - ATMs can be found in many locations such as banks, shops, office buildings and the airport and can be used to withdraw local MNT.
Time zones and time differences
Mongolia is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Perth, Western Australia is in the same time zone and Mongolia doesn’t have daylight saving program in summer.
To find out the current time in Market capital, view the World Clock.
Mongolia country code is +976.
For calls to Mongolia from Australia dial: 0011 + 976 + area code + telephone number.
For calls from Mongolia to Australia dial: 002 + 61 + area code + telephone number.
For further information (e.g. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.
Electricity and water
Mongolia runs on 220 volts, AC on 50 cycles Hz, electricity. The supply is generally steady, but interruptions and surges can be a problem. Electrical outlets can vary from the Asian style plug with two parallel flat blades, the European two parallel round pins, to an international style plug. Voltage adaptors are not required for appliances brought from Australia, although surge protectors are recommended when using laptop computers.
Tap cold water can be consumed in Ulaanbaatar without boiling first, although many people choose to drink bottled water.
Links and resources
Tourism Department of Mongolia
Chinggis Khaan International Airport
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