Wandering where to go to next after China? Why not head into Mongolia? Getting a Mongolian Visa in Beijing couldn’t be easier (as long as you don’t do what we did … more on that later). Here is a step by step guide on how to get your visa to visit the magnificent Mongolia.
Mongolian Embassy Opening Times
First things first, the embassy is open from Monday – Friday from 9.00am to 11.00am for via applications.
What you will need:
- 1 passport sized photo
- Filled in visa form
- Credit or debit card to pay
As soon as the window opens at 9.00am you can get the visa application form. The form is very easy to fill in and will take you no more than 10 minutes to complete. After filling in the form, hand in the application form, your passport and photo. You will then be sent to the next window to pay. The current cost for a 30 day single entry visa into Mongolia is 405 Yuan ($61). Warning – we tried to pay in cash but the woman behind the counter insisted we pay via credit/ debit card. After completing the transaction, you will receive a receipt with the date to pick up your visa. The visa process is currently taking 4 working days (including the day you applied). The visa pick up time is between 4.00pm and 5.00pm.
How to get to the Mongolian Embassy
1. Take the red line (line 1) and get off at Yong’anli station.
2. Take exit A at Silk Street market. You will walk straight through the underground (you won’t actually see the market but follow the signs for it).
3. Go up the steps and come out of the subway. Cross over the road and turn left.
4. Walk straight for about 1km, until you come to a crossroads and you see this sign.
5. Turn right and walk about 600 meters to the Mongolian Embassy, which will be on your left.
Tip: Download maps.me and mark the embassy and use this as your navigation system. Once you have downloaded the map of China you will not need WiFi for the navigation system to work.
Our experience of Getting a Mongolian Visa
Finding the Mongolian embassy was very easy. We arrived at the embassy at 8.45am and there were only 3 other people in the line. The visa form was also very easy to fill in and the process was very simple. The only issue we came up against was the visa processing time. The process time for the visa is very strict, so don’t hold out hope to get it any sooner. We applied for the visa on a Friday and really hoped the embassy could process the visa faster for us, as we were running out of time on our Chinese visa. However, the embassy would not budge and point-blank refused to process the visa any earlier.
We even went a day early in hope that our passport had already been stamped with the visa; but this turned out to be a nightmare. We had checked out of our hotel room, arrived at the embassy with no luck of getting the visa and then were left without a hotel room for the night. In case you didn’t already know; hotels / hotels in China will not allow foreigners to check in without their passport, regardless of what other forms of ID you have.
After hours of hunting for a place to take us in for the night, it looked like we were going to have to spend the night on the streets. Just as we were preparing to find a cosy alley-way to bed down in for the night, a very kind hostel owner offered for us to kip in the pool room on the sofas. We eagerly took the offer and settled down for the night. We awoke in the morning, extremely mosquito bitten and itchy but very excited knowing that we could pick up our visa and finally make our way into Mongolia. It took us just 10 minutes to get the visa after arriving and the embassy and then we quickly made or way over to get the bus terminal to cross the border into Mongolia.
Now you have your Mongolian Visa, you will want to head on across the border. Click here to find out how to make the overland journey from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar.