We received our Mongolian visa from the Hanoi embassy in Vietnam in May 2016 using our Australian passports without any problems. Here is some information on the application process.
The Mongolian Embassy is located in the Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound at 298 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh (Villa 6). Just ask one of the guards out the front for directions if you have trouble finding it. A taxi should cost around US$4 from the Old Town.
The Embassy only accepts applications on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm. The staff also have a lunch break from 12-2pm.
Documents required for visa application
You need to provide:
- completed application form (available at the Embassy office)
- passport photo
- your passport
- copy of your itinerary
- bank receipt for the visa fee (US$50)
For the itinerary, we provided copies of our flight booking into Mongolia and our train booking out of Mongolia.
Paying the visa fee
You will be sent to the Vietcomm bank around the corner from the Embassy. The staff will give you a piece of paper with the payment information on it to pay the fee. You must pay the visa fee in US dollars. The bank will not accept payment in Vietnamese Dong. There is a small processing fee payable in Vietnamese Dong, but the visa fee itself is paid in US dollars. Take your passport as the bank will want a copy. Then come back to the embassy with the payment receipt to finish submitting your application.
We were told to collect our visas at 4pm in 7 days’ time. We had plenty of spare time so didn’t push for them to do it any quicker, although you probably could because our visas were issued the day after we applied. We were given a 30 day tourist visa with three months validity.