Mongolia COVID-19 Information
Mongolia Covid-19 information provided here is based on government news and announcements in response to the pandemic.
Mongolia COVID-19 Up-date January 4th, 2021
Ulaanbaatar and several Aimags (provinces) have been on lockdown and restricted movement since 23 December 2020. Most of the cases are now in Ulaanbaatar with a number of new ones each day. The lockdown in the city will continue for the next several days and then be reviewed again. It is likely it will be extended, as new cases in one of the hospitals were today reported. This is the recommendation from the GOM health authorities and the WHO. Unfortunately there has been one death so far, a 78 year old woman.
Positive news, is that Mongolia is looking to get a COVID-19 Vaccine through the European COVAX facility in the first quarter of 2021, where they applied to purchase vaccines with a $50 million grant from the World Bank. This would be enough for vaccinating most Mongolian citizens and expat residents, achieving herd immunity. We’ll watch this closely. You can read about it by clicking on the link above.
Borders are still closed to incoming visitors, with all flights and train arrivals cancelled until a vaccine is available. As reported previously, the only incoming passengers are Mongolian citizens being repatriated and essential foreign workers returning to work. The 21 day quarantine at government designated facility upon arrival is still in place, with an additional 2 weeks quarantine at home or hotel. All people under quarantine are monitored daily.
Mongolia COVID-19 Up-date November 12th, 2020
Yesterday, November 11th, the Government of Mongolia (GOM) closed the city of Ulaanbaatar, due to several citizens testing positive for COVID-19. Although the truck driver had been in quarantine for 21 days following his return from Russia, soon after release, he tested positive, along with his wife and other family members. The GOM health authorities have again acted swiftly to lockdown the city to all incoming and outgoing traffic and flights, as well as closing schools, businesses and all public meetings/gatherings until 17 November (5 days). The health authorities have been tracking who the couple would have come in contact with during their several days and have placed a number of people in quarantine as well to watch for any signs the virus may have been passed on. This is the second time that the virus has been found in the general community, the last time in April 2020 with a newly arrived French citizen. He has since recovered and returned to France. With this latest measure, the GOM are taking all precautions to prevent the potential spread of the virus and overwhelming the health system. Inconvenient as it is, it is a necessary measure to save lives. As with all persons released from a 21 day quarantine, they must submit to regular followup testing to ensure the virus is negative. This policy has allowed this new case to be found quickly.
Mongolia Covid-19 Up-date October 27, 2020
The period of advanced emergency readiness has been extended until December 31, 2020. This means commercial flights to/from Mongolia are not taking place until then, the same goes for regular trains. A limited number of foreign citizens can enter the country, such as staff of embassies, international cooperation organizations and companies operating in Mongolia. A three week quarantine and coverage of the cost of quarantine in a dedicated facility is required. The government is assessing the situation on a monthly basis.
The total of registered Covid-19 cases in Mongolia is currently at 340, of which 312 have recovered and 28 are currently under treatment. Most have mild cases, less than ten cases have been severe. No deaths have occurred from Covid-19.
All cases to date have been arrivals to the country, mostly repatriated citizens. All but one were isolated upon arrival, and there has not been any community spread of the infection. All arriving passengers are tested, and persons testing negative still undergo 21 days of quarantine in a dedicated, supervised facility.
Social distancing measures are in place, masks are mandatory in public. In-country travel is permitted, though road closures can be re-instated if the situation requires.
Early Covid-19 Measures by the Government of Mongolia
Mongolia took steps early to close borders and cancel all commercial flight arrivals and departures as well as all rail travel into and out of the country. This included internal lock downs, school closure’s, meetings and public festivals cancelled. Face masks are mandatory to enter buildings, stores and public places.
There have been a number of special government charter flights bringing back Mongolian citizens, students, workers and government personnel. Returnee’s are brought from the plane directly to prepared buses and onto a 21 day quarantine in designated facilities. Between arrival time and release from quarantine, 4 tests are performed. Positive cases are cared for in special medical facilities. Upon release from the quarantine facility, returnees are under a 14 day stay-at-home regime.
Any persons entering the country via other entrance points, have been and will also be placed in a 21 day quarantine near the point of entry.
For a detailed account of the approach by the Government of Mongolia to preventing the spread of coronavirus, see the article on “Mongolia’s Effective ‘Analogue’ Approach to COVID-19 Containment” by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
A quarantine drill was conducted on May 7 in one district of Ulaanbaatar city to practice coordination of all involved government services and compliance of private sector entities and the public. The Diplomat reported about the exercise on May 9 in its article on Practice Makes Perfect? Mongolia’s COVID-19 Outbreak Drill.
This is also a short video about Mongolia’s approach to the COVID-19 situation and how they are still working on managing this.
Travel to Mongolia – Check for Up-dates Here
This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. We will keep all our 2020 booked guests informed of any travel changes as they come up.
2020 Horseback Riding Season of Stone Horse Expeditions
While we are running one and multi-day day trail rides and treks and offer Gobi tours with guests resident here in Mongolia, our international arrivals are on hold until 30 April and government announcements.
A number of our 2020 guests for June and July have opted to postponed their trip until 2021. All booking deposits will remain valid and be deferred to next year’s schedule should guests decide to postpone to 2021.
All trips from August through October, will remain as per our normal deposit and cancellation policy until we hear further as to government and health official’s recommendations on travel.
Staying Safe – Options to Postpone Your Horse Trek
It is our hope that everyone booked with Stone Horse or thinking about traveling with us, remains safe and we all stay healthy through this global health crisis.
The Stone Horse Team
Day Riding and Multi-Day Horse Treks for Riding Guests residing in Mongolia
We also run our Gobi tours, and can tailor trips to your schedule, group and travel style preference (tented camping, ger camps, hotels).
Our regular tours are the 6 Day Gobi Desert Tour, the 10 Day Gobi Crossing into the more remote areas of the Gobi with some overnight camping. We have also arranged camel trekking, and can set up this adventure for your group with our local drivers and guides in the South Gobi. For more adventures in the Gobi, read the blog about our winter desert adventure 2020.
To experience the wildlife and landscapes of the desert steppe, take a 3-4 day tour from Ulaanbaatar to Middle Gobi and Dornogovi Province.
Contact us to discuss Your Gobi desert adventure.