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Moving to Mongolia with a Pet

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learn about moving with a pet to Mongolia: what the requirements are, important vaccination information, what you can and cannot bring to Mongolia, travel information and more.

Moving to Mongolia as an expat or digital nomad presents a unique set of challenges and experiences, especially when you're planning to bring your furry friend along. While the idea of having a pet in Mongolia is not as uncommon as it might be in other countries, it's important to note that the process involves specific vaccination and paperwork requirements. Additionally, depending on the type of pet and country of origin, quarantine may be necessary. Mongolia has its own set of regulations regarding the import of pets, which we will delve into in detail. Understanding these rules will help ensure a smooth transition for you and your pet to this culturally rich and geographically diverse country.

Can I bring my dog to Mongolia?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Mongolia. However, you must comply with the country's import regulations. Your dog will need to be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before arrival but not more than 12 months prior. You'll also need to provide a veterinary health certificate and proof of vaccinations. It's essential to check if there are any breed-specific restrictions or additional requirements based on your dog's size or weight.

Can I bring my cat to Mongolia?

Similar to dogs, cats can also be brought into Mongolia. The requirements for bringing a cat are much like those for dogs; your cat must be vaccinated against rabies, and you must have a valid veterinary health certificate. Ensure that all documentation is up-to-date and in order before your departure to avoid any issues at the border or with local authorities.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Mongolia

While dogs and cats are generally allowed entry into Mongolia, there may be restrictions on certain exotic or non-traditional pets. It's crucial to verify with the Mongolian authorities if your particular pet species is allowed into the country. Some breeds of dogs may also be prohibited or subject to specific regulations. Always check the latest guidelines from the Mongolian consulate or embassy before planning your move.

How do I bring my pet to Mongolia?

To bring your pet to Mongolia, you must ensure all required documentation and vaccinations are in place. Your pet will need a rabies vaccination certificate and a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian from your home country. These documents typically need to be endorsed by the governmental authority responsible for the export of animals. Depending on your country of origin, your pet may be subject to quarantine. It's advisable to contact the Mongolian embassy or consulate for the most current information regarding quarantine regulations. Additionally, make sure to arrange for your pet's travel with an airline that can accommodate animals and is aware of Mongolia's importation rules.

Upon Arriving in Mongolia

Once you and your pet have arrived in Mongolia, you may need to register your pet with local authorities and obtain a license, depending on the municipality's regulations. Finding a veterinarian in Mongolia can be done through recommendations from other expats, pet owner groups, or by inquiring at local animal hospitals. While dog parks are not as common in Mongolia as in some Western countries, there are open spaces where pets can be exercised. It's important to note that while pets are becoming more popular in urban areas, not all Mongolians are accustomed to pets being kept in close proximity, so always be respectful and aware of local customs and attitudes towards animals. As you settle in, take the time to learn about the local area and any specific rules or cultural norms related to pet ownership in Mongolia.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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