A new electronic visa (eVisa) for Mongolia will be introduced later this year, according to a decision made by Parliament in December. 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.
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 on 1 June 2021, 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.”
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.
In existing systems, this data 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 should provide a streamlined application process that 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.
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?
Mongolia stopped issuing visas to foreign nationals. It imposed a number of other 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.