Entry into Mongolia:

Driving licence

An Australian driver’s licence or an International Driving Permit (IDP) is not valid in Mongolia. You can’t drive a car or ride a motorbike.

Take a taxi or hire a driver for short trips.

People who stay for more than a year need a Mongolian visa.

Travel by car

There is a customs office in Mongolia, and you must get permission before you can drive to Mongolia.

These things will help with that:

A copy of the passport’s bio data page; a copy of the driver’s licence, car registration papers, ownership certificate, and travel route; and Mongolian phone and email numbers.

The Mongolian Customs Office will write on the foreign citizen’s visa that the person came into the country with a car. When the person leaves the country, the Customs Office will look at the visa to see if the person came in with a car.

As part of their border protection, Mongolian Border Protection checks the visa as well as asking for documents about the car, and they need to know in advance if a lot of foreigners come into the country by car at the same time.

Road travel

In Mongolia, it can be dangerous to drive at night because there aren’t many lights.

visibility, road conditions, vehicle maintenance, and local driving habits
In the outside world, there aren’t many sealed roads.
If you get into a car accident in Mongolia, you’re four times more likely to die than if you were in Australia.

Many accidents happen in the winter because of black ice, especially in cities. Many accidents happen on rural roads because of right-hand drive cars. Pedestrians get hurt all the time.

It is important to be careful when you are walking down the street Drivers don’t always give way to pedestrians, even if there are signs that say so.

Take these steps to protect yourself when you drive outside of the city:

The map shows how GPS or compass communications equipment, like a satellite phone, works.

Outside of cities, communication and medical facilities can be hard to come by, and it can be hard to get to them.

Snow and dust storms happen.

Most of the year, a lot of snow falls.

restricting access to many regional areas will make it more dangerous for cars to travel between towns.

To drive safely when there is snow on the ground:

Allow extra time for travel.
insurance should cover delays and cancellations, so make sure your policy does.

Severe weather and snowfall can also make it hard to get people who need medical help from far away places.

Take care as a pedestrian when there is a lot of bad weather. Black ice can form on footpaths and at road crossings when there is a lot of snow, which can be hard to see.

Dust storms can make it hard to see when you’re driving in May and June.

You should always wear a helmet when you ride a bike.


Taking a taxi could be dangerous. Through your hotel, restaurant, or other place of business you can book a reputable, licenced taxi service.

People use public transportation to get to and from work and

They may not have accident liability insurance. This includes bus and private car service providers.

Always buckle up, even if other people don’t.

If the provider doesn’t have the right safety equipment, look for another one

Air travel

DFAT doesn’t give information about the safety of commercial airlines or flight paths.

You can check Mongolia’s air safety record with the Aviation Safety Network.

Taking a trip around the area

Access to some regional districts may be limited for quarantine, such as:

Changes in rules can happen.

If you want to go to remote areas, talk to the Mongolian government or the nearest Mongolian Embassy.