Items that are allowed for passenger’s personal use:
Food items until reaching destination that don’t require re-processing, jewellery (no more than personal adornment), photo camera and video camera - their required amount of films, cassettes and other accompanying items, portable slide and movie projector - their required amount of slides and films, binoculars, portable musical instrument, portable player, video tape, CD player, audio tape - with recordings and disks, portable radio receiver, cellphone, portable television, portable typewriter, laptop and accompanying items, calculator, baby stroller, wheelchair, sport’s item (all these items are allowed no more than one)
Alcohol and tobacco:
A passenger is allowed 1 litre of hard liquor, 2 litres of wine, 3 litres of beer, 200 pieces of cigarettes, 50 pieces of cigars, and 250 grams of tobacco. Persons under the age of 18 aren’t allowed to transport alcohol or tobacco through customs.
Mongolian and foreign citizens are allowed to carry currency that is within the declared limit. Mongolian citizens are allowed convertible foreign currency within the declared limit and foreign citizens are allowed currency within the limit of foreign customs declaration with buyer’s receipt from a bank through customs. Currency that is out of circulation can be let through customs based on collector’s procedure.
Pharmaceutical drugs for personal use:
There is no need for any permit as long as the pharmaceuticals do not exceed the limit of 7 days of personal usage. Approved pharmaceuticals include drugs for diabetes, cancer, and acquired immune deficiency. But drugs such as: intravenous injections, antibiotic injections, psychoactive drugs, blood plasma transfusions, and general immunization drugs are not allowed.
Personal transportation vehicle:
A foreign citizen is allowed to enter Mongolian border customs with a personal transportation vehicle. A personal transportation vehicle is a means of transportation that is registered within the country where he/she currently resides. A country where he/she currently resides is a country where he/she is currently registered to or is married to a local citizen of that country and who has lived there for at least 90 days. The personal transportation vehicle is allowed in the country temporarily within a declared amount of time since entering and if it is not removed by a specified time, then the owner will be fined according to the Mongolian legal system.
Customs declaration goods:
A passenger with goods that has duties and other taxes, separate shipment, goods designated for a third party, or more than 5 million tugriks (equivalent amount of foreign currency or checks) will need to fill out a customs declaration form. A passenger is allowed to carry up to 5 million tugriks. A passenger needs to know about prohibited and limited goods. Legal actions will be taken on passengers who try to introduce prohibited or limited goods through customs without appropriate permits.
Intoxicating drugs - and related paraphernalia, psychoactive plants, ethyl alcohol that is not for scientific research, scrap metals not related to beer or soft drink cans (cast iron, iron, steel, copper, brass, aluminum, and their alloys), mould and non-primary shaped ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ferrous and non-ferrous spare parts that are not used for their original purpose. Psychoactive drugs and plants can be entered through customs with an official statement from a health administration.
Permits from authorized organizations are necessary for: uranium ore and toxic chemicals used for its concentration, treatments that need constant surveillance, preventive organs, donor’s blood, guns and weapons, war equipment, explosives, historical artifacts, animals, plants, findings and collections of mineralogy, anatomy, archeology, paleontology, ethnology, and numismatics, raw materials and research samples from livestock and wild animals, animal embryos and fetuses, and microbe cultures.
Transfer of international postal items are prohibited without permit from customs. Items under suspicion from local authorities or with request from foreign authorities can be seized and checked.
Following items are prohibited for international postal transfer:
Items prohibited to enter through Mongolian customs:
- Mongolian or foreign currency
- Non-sterilized used shoes, clothes, beddings, etc.
- Radioactive substances, toxic chemicals, combustible substances, etc.
- Perishable and damageable goods
- Other illegal products
International postal customs clearance:
- Items passing through Mongolia will be monitored but will not go through customs clearance.
- Goods for a third party will be accounted for with the passenger’s goods and the passenger must include the third party goods into the customs declaration form.
- Goods that are unprocessed or need to be re-processed, livestock or plant raw materials, production raw materials, chemical or radioactive substances, and GMOs will not be cleared through customs under an individual’s name.