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Want to visit Mongolia? Due to both the country’s phenomenal Covid response and the integrated social distance this rural country offers, Mongolia is one of the most attractive post-pandemic travel destinations in the world.
Hold your horses, however: Mongolia’s border is closed to most inbound traffic. And, depending on the direction Covid-19 takes in the weeks and months to come, it could stay that way for much of the rest of the year.
Read on to learn the good, the bad, and the ugly about future trips to Mongolia. I will also point out where in the land of Chinggis Khan you should go when you can finally enter again.
Mongolia beats Covid – with a catch
One of the reasons why so many travelers want to visit Mongolia in 2021? The country’s record in fighting the coronavirus is virtually unmatched, with just a few thousand single-digit cases and deaths. This is not shocking, especially not outside the capital, where most people live miles from their nearest neighbor, if they have neighbors. “Social distancing has been mainstreamed in Mongolian society from the very beginning!
On the other hand, this success comes at a cost, as have countries like Australia and New Zealand as well. Mongolia’s border has been closed to virtually all foreign arrivals since March 2020 – and it doesn’t look like that will change in the first half of 2021. However, if ongoing vaccination campaigns around the world are successful in reducing the burden virus on health systems, the situation could change quickly.
What to do in Mongolia in 2021
Enjoy the “big city”
Compared to most other cities in Asia, the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar is not really a cosmopolitan place. However, after submitting to living conditions elsewhere in the country for a few days (or, God forbid, weeks), I have a feeling that you are going to sing a different tune.
Visit the Gobi
I would be Mongolian a lot Tugrik that if you visit Mongolia in 2021, you will take a Gobi Desert tower. Part of this is practical – the Gobi covers a large part of the land area of the country – and part is simply due to the vast and impressive array of experiences and sites that are offered there.
(Which is much more than a desert)
In addition to the fact that the rain colors much of the Gobi (and not just the lush areas around the Orkhon river valley) green during the summer, the fact is that the Mongols don’t see the Gobi as a desert. According to a guide I spoke to, this is even reflected in the meaning of the word “Gobi” itself!
Come in autumn for the eagles
For reasons I will explain in a few paragraphs, visiting Mongolia in 2021 might not be possible during the summer. While this ruins travel plans (at least this year’s ones) for travelers who want to enjoy the sun and relatively warm temperatures, it won’t deter those planning to attend the famous Golden eagle festival and participate in the ancient culture of falconry in Mongolia.
(Or in winter, if you dare)
Mongolia is one of the coldest countries in the world, a distinction that pops up starkly everywhere outside of UB during the winter months. While I can’t officially recommend traveling to Mongolia during the winter, there is a case to be made to experience this difficult time of year in one of the most… authentic places in the world.
When will Mongolia open its border?
If I had to guess now, I guess Mongolia will reopen to tourism before the end of 2021. The question is when. To be frank, if it’s not before August or September, it will effectively put the country off tourist radar until 2022, given the cold Mongolian winters. (A notable exception, of course, is the Golden Eagle Festival which takes place every October and is worth braving the extreme weather conditions to attend.)
Indeed, unless you have a specific reason why you can only visit Mongolia in 2021 (and for some reason cannot wait until later), it is not a bad idea to plan in minus the eventuality of 2022. This is more likely, after all, not only will the pandemic then be completely behind the world but, as a result, life (and travel, accordingly) will more or less return to this. which we all consider “normal” as recently in January of last year.
Other FAQs on traveling to Mongolia in 2021 (or 2022)
Is it safe to travel to Mongolia?
Mongolia is safe from Covid, but you should be aware of the other dangers that exist in the country. These include unsafe road conditions (and the lack of proper roads in many areas), outbreaks of foodborne illness and the prevalence of rabies in dogs, which keep many rural homes and for whom. it is not uncommon to attack strangers.
How much does a trip to Mongolia cost?
Mongolia is more expensive than you would expect, but it still comes priceless. While ‘low budget’ tours of this relatively poor country tend to start at around $ 100 per day, it is not uncommon to see luxury tours that cost more than $ 10,000 per week, given the luxury. unusual like daily showers or actual toilets in Mongolia. outside of Ulaanbaatar.
When is the best time to go to Mongolia?
Unless you are planning to visit in October for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, I would not recommend visiting Mongolia outside of the summer months of July and August. This is because the country is extremely cold for much of the rest of the year. The harsh weather conditions in Mongolia are particularly penalizing given the relatively primitive living conditions that travelers have to endure during their travels.
The bottom line
Can you visit Mongolia in 2021? The jury is still out. It will depend as much on the direction of the coronavirus pandemic as it will on the willingness of national leaders to reverse restrictions that have arguably done more damage than Covid-19 itself. One thing is certain, however: Mongolia is not going anywhere. As a result, whether you are visiting this year, 2022, or some time in the future, a trip to Mongolia is always a timeless travel opportunity.