CUSTOMS NOTICE: DEAR TRAVELERS, KNOWING THEM IS NOT SUPERFLUOUS!
- The term “crossing Customs frontier of Mongolia” means crossing past its national border to enter, transit through or leave its territory.
- The term “travelers” includes both passengers and crew members in international transport.
DEAR TRAVELERS, please be aware that the Customs staff are often distinguished from other border control officials by their identification breast badges and shoulder patches containing the Customs logo with inscription “Mongolian Customs” on their uniformed dresses such as grey color jackets or white or sky-blue shirts as well as by their Customs insignia at both ends of their uniform collars (on upper lapels). Having no idea of such distinction, non-vigilant passengers often get lost and seriously confused among different border control officials and tend to treat them all as Customs inspectors. This fact causes certain troubles to the passengers themselves.
If you have a doubt about any item in your luggage or if you need to get something straight, please contact a Customs Inspector at a front desk (or any Customs office) and listen to his/her advices. This will help you to avoid any unexpected risks.
The detailed information can be sought at: www.customs.gov.mn or
1800-1281 (Customs Central Enquiry Line)
11-283101 (Buyant-Ukhaa (Chinggiskhaan) International Airport Customs Hot Line)
Some specific information can be found in inflight magazines of MIAT (Mongolian Airlines) or at the airport web page www.airport.gov.mn.
DEAR TRAVELERS, you ARE ALLOWED to bring in or carry out free of Customs duties and other taxes:
- one piece from each kind of personal effects (personal belongings) or household goods when you were studying or working abroad or in Mongolia for more than 6 months and coming back (if a returning resident) or going out (if a non-resident);
- not more than 1 liter of spirits (alcoholic beverage or vodka), 2 liters of wine, 3 liters of beer, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco (tobacco goods and alcoholic beverages are not allowed for travelers under age of 18 to carry in or out).
DEAR TRAVELERS, we ARE WARNING you that:
- if you, while crossing Customs frontier of Mongolia, carry something to pass over to other person it would be treated as your own and you should declare it to Customs. Ignorance in this regard may put you at risk of being involved in smuggling of prohibited or restricted goods such as narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, weapons and ammunitions and toxic chemicals and cause substantial loss to yourself and others;
- movable historical and cultural properties (memorial objects or cultural heritage) should be carried out through the national border of Mongolia upon presentation of permission from the central authority in charge of cultural matters and only for the purposes of scientific research, restoration, exhibition and usage by the owner for its own primary function.
DEAR TRAVELERS, you ARE OBLIGED:
- to pay Customs duties and other taxes when you, while crossing Customs frontier of Mongolia, bring in or carry out large amounts (large quantities) of goods or goods obviously commercial in nature;
- to honestly declare (in a Customs Passenger Declaration) tugrugs over 15 million in cash or foreign currencies, financial (negotiable) instruments or electronic currencies of such amount. This will help you to cross other national borders safely.
In cases when you carry cash money while crossing the national borders of other countries you are kindly recommended to make it sure that they were declared in their respective Customs Passenger Declarations and, at the same time, the latter was duly authenticated by Customs officers. Ignorance in this respect leads to seizure of such cash money at other national borders. There were many such cases occurred.
If you have unaccompanied baggage or have sent containerized personal cargo or goods you ought to fill in a Customs Passenger Declaration in 2 copies and have them validated by Customs Inspector. One copy of them will be required for Customs clearance of your abovementioned goods.
When you are travelling abroad and have something to declare to Customs it is recommended to have them examined by Customs before packing.
Medicines and Injections for Personal Medical Treatment of Travelers
Drugs and medications for personal medical treatment of travelers crossing Customs frontier of Mongolia are allowed to be carried by them in or out upon presentation of prescriptions given by medical authorities and in quantities or dosages so permitted. Drugs and medication products which are not registered with the Drug Registration of Mongolia, bear uncertain names and descriptions or are labeled and packaged not in conformity with prescribed standards are not allowed to cross Customs frontier of Mongolia.
It is required to present a permission from the relevant government body and fill in a Customs Goods Declaration to carry in or out uncommon goods such as scientific and technical discoveries, topographic maps, other cartographic items, research findings, laboratory discoveries, geological discoveries, natural trophies, zoological and paleontological discoveries and all other types of sample goods or probes.
Goods for personal use
Goods for personal use often carried by travelers while crossing Customs frontier of Mongolia such as musical instruments, video cameras, binoculars, portable computers and other travel goods and accessories should be declared in a Customs Passenger Declaration and legalized by a Customs Inspector.
DEAR TRAVELERS, you ARE CAUTIONED that:
- if anyone, while crossing Customs frontier of Mongolia, attempted to smuggle prohibited or restricted goods he or she will, in accordance with Article 18 of the Criminal Code of Mongolia, be subjected to a fine of 10000-40000 units or imprisonment for a period of 2-8 years;
- in addition to the abovementioned penalties and subject to Sub-Paragraph 11 of Paragraph 21 of Article 11 of the Law on Offences, either the goods involved in smuggling or attempted smuggling or the values ascertained for them are forfeited. Be it a natural person or a juridical person it also will be subjected to a fine of 50 per cent of total amount of due taxes;
- if anyone, while crossing Customs frontier of Mongolia, evaded or attempted to evade tax payment, the due taxes will be charged and a natural person or a juridical person will also be subjected to a fine of 30 per cent of total amount of due taxes.
BUYANT-UKHAA (CHINGGISKHAAN) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CUSTOMS