SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Foreigners have been targeted by street crime, especially in Ulaanbaatar and other major cities and in tourist areas. Cases of assault and robbery significantly increase in Ulaanbaatar in the weeks leading up to and during major holidays, including the Naadam Festival in July, the Mongolian Lunar New Year (February 5-7, 2019) and International Women’s Day and Soldiers’ Day in March. Violent crime has occurred, even in daylight and on busy streets.

After dark, stick to well-lit busy streets and do not walk alone. Be particularly cautious in the area surrounding the State Department Store in Ulaanbaatar, where foreigners have been mugged. Beware of pickpockets and ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.

Individuals posing as police officers have robbed foreigners, particularly in Ulaanbaatar’s Sukhbaatar Square area. If approached, ask to see police credentials or offer to go to the police station. Exercise caution in crowded areas, including open-air markets, the central post office and Gandantegchinlen Monastery, as well as when using public transportation.

Foreign companies have received threats of violence.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Taxi drivers and thieves waiting for potential victims to step out of a taxi have robbed passengers, sometime violently. Use reliable, licensed taxis equipped with meters; regular taxis (private cars without taxi signs or meters) are unsafe. Book a taxi through your hotel. For a list of reliable companies, contact the Embassy of Canada to Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar.

Thefts occur frequently on trains between Mongolia and Russia.

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstrations may occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

ROAD SAFETY

Traffic drives on the right.

Road conditions, especially between the capital city and provinces, are poor. Access to rural areas can be hampered by heavy snowfalls during the winter months. Driving can be hazardous, especially in rural areas. Drivers have little regard for traffic regulations and don’t follow safe driving practices. Accidents occur frequently. Exercise caution while driving and anticipate potential hazards.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines