Mongolia is becoming a popular destination for travellers wishing to experience the traditional semi-nomadic horse based lifestyle and the natural beauty of grassy planes, mountains and the Gobi desert .

The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Mongolia.It should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.

  • Plan Head - Calendar/Itinerary?

    Six to eight weeks out from departure is a good time to have a travel health consultation. You may need blood tests to check immunity to diseases or need a course of vaccines like rabies for example, and this gives you plenty of time to get everything completed. If you are travelling sooner however it's not too late for an appointment, simply make one as soon as you can.

  • Mosquito's and Bugs

    Tick borne encephalitis occurs in certain regions from April to October and a vaccine is available for those involved in extensive outdoor activities.

  • Eating/Drinking

    Travellers diarrhoea, giardia and dysentery are just some of the illnesses caused by contaminated food and water. Tap water in Mongolia is not safe to drink. To reduce your risk of illness observe strict food and water safety precautions and hand hygiene.

  • Vaccine Recommendations

    Everyone should be up to date for routine childhood immunisations and may need adult boosters for such diseases as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B.
    Additional vaccines may also be recommended depending on your individual medical history, current itinerary and the likelihood of future travel.

List of Common Health Issues

  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A is commonly recommended for travel to Mongolia.

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  • Typhoid

    A food and water borne disease, typhoid vaccination is recommended for some itineraries.

  • Rabies

    Consider pre-travel rabies vaccination (well before travel) for longer trips, those at risk or anyone wanting lifelong protection. Avoid animals, especially dogs. Thoroughly rinse and disinfect any animal wound and seek prompt medical care for post exposure advice (whether or not pre-vaccinated) and wound care.

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  • Tick borne encephalitis

    Transmitted through the bite of an infected tick, this virus is endemic to areas of Europe and Asia. Most infections result from bites received in forested areas.

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  • Air Pollution

    The capital of Ulaanbaatar is particularly prone to air pollution in winter months (October through to March). Staying indoors and minimising exertion may be of benefit.

  • Influenza

    Influenza is one of the most common vaccine preventable illnesses in travellers and is often recommended.

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  • Travellers diarrhoea, giardia and dysentery

    There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of gastro spoiling your trip, including taking a water filtration drink bottle and one of our customisable medication kits with guidelines for self-treatment.

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Latest Health Alerts

  • COVID 19 (Coronavirus)

    March 29, 2020

    As there is no non-essential overseas travel at this time this article will simply remain as an information resource for COVID-19. See our main COVID-19 page for more detailed information. We hope to be able to inform our travelers once again after this crisis passes. The links below remain trustworthy

  • Sri Lanka – Dengue Fever

    January 9, 2020

    Over 48,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Sri Lanka since 1st October 2019, a significant increase in incidence. Travellers should observe strict mosquito avoidance measures, particularly during daylight hours.

  • Solomon Islands – proof of measles vaccination required

    December 19, 2019

    As a result of recent outbreaks of measles in various countries, the Solomon Islands' will be requiring arriving travellers from/via American Samoa, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, or Tonga to show proof of measles vaccination, effective December 28th 2019. Vaccination needs to have been at least 15 days prior and