Visiting

Business Hours

Standard business hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm with lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

Government offices are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm with lunch from 12.00pm -1.00pm.

Public Holidays 2018

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 Mother and Children’s Day
Jul 11-13 Naadam Holiday
Nov Chinggis Khan’s Birthday (1st day of the 1st winter month by Lunar calendar)
Nov 26 Proclamation Day
Dec 29 Mongolian Independence Day

Climate

Mongolia has an extreme continental climate with a hot summer, and long and extremely 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, please visit the World Meteorological Organization .

Currency

The official currency of Mongolia is the Mongolian Tugrik (MNT) and is the sole legal currency. There are 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 Tugrik notes, with 5 and 1 being less common.

Oanda currency converter

Banks

Most banks are open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, though many stay open until 7:00pm and some are open 24 hours. Credit cards are widely accepted in Mongolia however you may be required to pay cash in taxis and some shops.

Most of Mongolia’s banks make international money transfers. The four largest banks maintain correspondent relations with several foreign banks and maintain accounts in major world currencies with several of them. Clients may transfer money into and out of their domestic accounts, subject to domestic reporting requirements. There are no set limits on the amount that may be withdrawn from an account. The bank charges a small commission on cash withdrawals in hard currency. There is no commission on cash withdrawals in tugrik at the daily buying rate. The bank charges a commission on all transfers of hard currency within Mongolia and to banks abroad. International transfers, including interest income and profits, may be subject to 20 per cent withholding tax by the bank on behalf of the Mongolian Tax Authority.

Automatic Teller Machines - ATMs can be found in many locations such as banks, shops, office buildings and the airport. These can be used to withdraw local MNT. Cash withdrawals using international credit cards can only be made on ATMs with “plus” and “SIRRUS” labels and as well as through Visa cards and MasterCard. Cash withdrawals from a bank using your international card will require identification to be shown.

Time zones and time differences

Mongolia is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Perth, Western Australia, is in the same time zone as Mongolia. Mongolia has daylight saving time during summer.

To find out the current time in Mongolia, view the World Clock .

Dialling codes

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 (eg. 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

Chinggis Khaan International Airport

Please note: this list of websites and resources is not definitive. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement by Austrade. The information provided is a guide only.

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