Advice for British people living in Mongolia, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.
This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Mongolia, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what the embassy can and cannot do for British nationals. This information supplements the travel advice for Mongolia.
You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive medical insurance before travelling to Mongolia. You will have to pay for health treatment that you receive in Mongolia. Medical fees can be expensive. Insurance is essential, therefore, ensure that comprehensive travel insurance is taken out before you travel. Make sure that your policy provides for the following:
- an air ambulance, in case you need to be flown home
- full medical cover (bills can be very expensive)
- bringing the body home, in the event of a death
- bringing your family home, in the event of your illness or injury
If you need emergency medical assistance, dial 103 for an ambulance.
For police emergencies dial 102, for the fire service dial 101.
The Mongolian Government provides twelve years’ free primary and junior secondary education to all children attending public sector schools and as well as Kindergartens. The Ministry of Education provides information regarding education policies and services in Mongolia.
Entry and residence requirements
All British passport holders require a visa to enter Mongolia. You will need to contact the nearest Mongolian Embassy to confirm visa requirements for your visit. A Mongolian visit visa is valid for a stay of up to 30 days within six months from the date of issue. If you are staying more than 90 days, you must register your stay with the Mongolian Immigration Agency in Ulaanbaatar within 21 days of arriving. Once registered you will be issued with a residence permit. The permit will include your date of birth, passport number, address, photograph and fingerprints. You should carry it with you at all times when you are in Mongolia.
Employment and recognised qualifications
If you are going to work in Mongolia, your employer is responsible for your Mongolian visa. If you are interested in teaching English most schools/universities in Mongolia require a qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or an equivalent recognised qualification.
You may be entitled to claim some UK benefits and state pension while living abroad. If you are moving to Mongolia, you should tell the relevant UK government offices that deal with your benefits, pensions and tax that you are moving or retiring abroad.
Driving licenses and vehicles
In order to drive in Mongolia, you will require a Mongolian driving licence. Please visit the Traffic Police website for more information.
See also the information on UK driving licences.
Guidance on bringing medication into Mongolia
You’re only allowed to bring medicines for personal use into Mongolia. These include medicines for urgent aid for up to 7 days or for the treatment of diabetes, cancer, mental illness or HIV/AIDS for which you have a doctor’s prescription. If you are arriving by plane, you should carry all medicines in your checked baggage.
Local laws and customs
Possession and use of any type of drugs including cannabis is illegal. If found guilty you could face a very long prison sentence in an institution with very basic facilities. Please see local laws and customs section of the Travel Advice.
Visitors who have been in Mongolia for more than 90 days must obtain an exit visa to leave the country. The exit visa is obtained from the Mongolian Immigration Agency and usually takes 10 days to process. Visitors to Mongolia for less than 90 days do not need an exit visa. However, requests to exit Mongolia can be denied for reasons such as civil disputes, pending criminal investigations or immigration violations.
Mongolia is a relatively safe country. Although while living in Mongolia we advise you to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for the latest information. We also advise you to regularly check our Travel Advice for Mongolia.
This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.