Travelling to Mongolia? Need Vaccinations?
Mongolia is one of the very few countries in the world where nomadic traditions are still very much alive. It is also one of the most sparsely populated countries on the planet for its size – so great if you want to experience some truly tribal life in relative peace and quiet. A famous name in Mongolian history is of course Genghis Khan who united the tribes and vastly extended the empire. If you’re looking for something to do here, try canoeing, visiting reindeer herders or attending a nomadic festival.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Mongolia?
Before travelling to Mongolia please make sure you have had all of your routine UK vaccinations, including:
Depending on where in Mongolia you are travelling, your current health condition, lifestyle and occupational risks, the other injections that you may require for Mongolia are:
Book an appointment at our Travel Clinic for more information and expert advice on the vaccinations and other precautions you may need for your visit to Mongolia. Please remember to leave ample time for your abs before you travel.
Further Travel Health Advice for Mongolia
Some parts of Mongolia are situated higher than 2500m, so altitude sickness could be a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you and offer you the relevant advice.
Heat and Humidity
The weather in Mongolia is varied depending on where you travel and time of year of your trip. Generally though it is warm so take adequate sun protection. Try to go in Mongolia’s autumn when the crowds are few and the days are still warm. Please make sure to check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions for the climate here.
Tap water in Mongolia is not considered safe to drink. Stick to bottled water and always check the water that food has been washed in. As an extra precaution, take some water purifying tablets with you or some kind of water purification system.
Food and Drink
Mutton, lamb and goat are favoured here as well as milky tea. In fact, milk, milk and more milk is the order of the day here so come prepared. Even the national alcoholic beverage is made of fermented milk.
Animals and Insects
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites and animal bites,. Please take reasonable precautions when travelling, especially around dogs in Mongolia
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Mongolia.
Mongolia is relatively safe but crime does happen here so practice sensible travelling precautions like not walking alone through deserted streets and alleys at night and by keeping your valuables out of sight. Please read up on respectful practices in Mongolia before you travel so as not to offend the locals or get into unnecessary trouble. Women travelling alone should be extra careful.