I have recently received my Mongolian Visa through the post. I note it has a Validity from 20/04/06 to 19/07/06. It is a Visa for 30 Days. It has no Start Date for entry to the country as such. My original plan was to arrive on Sunday 30th April and leave Sunday 14th May, I now want to stay in Russia a week longer and arrive in Mongolia on Sunday 7th May and depart maybe 25th May.
My question is does the visa start when I arrive in the country (do they stamp it with the date, and when you can stay until as you arrive)? This would give me 30 days from whenever I arrive.
Or do the 30 days start from the 20th April (which is the date I had as my arrival date on my Visa form).
I would really appreciate any help on this from anyone who has been or is knowledgable about a such things. I am finalising my Round the World Trip and just want to be sure.
I have emailed the Embassy in London, but they have yet to get back to me. I also phone but they did not really understand my question. Maybe you do not know either (my apologies for being incoherent).
Thank you for reading.
You should probably confirm with the Mongolian embassy, but my understanding is that you can enter the country any time from 20/04/06 to 19/07/06. From the date you enter the country, you have 30 days to be in the country.
My visa was valid from Sep 15, but I didn't enter the country until Sep 30th. I had 30 days from Sep 30 before I had to exit the country.
Have check this out in a few place and it seems what Greg is saying above is the correct information. The Visa lasts 3 months from went you date it is issued. You have upto thrity days on that visa when entering between date of issue and date of expiry.
Note- Though I think date of issue is meant to be the same as date of purchase- my visa (issued by post) has an issue date that is the same as went I planned to arrive in Mongolia. This may have been generousity on behalf of the people in the Mongolian Embassy or it may be standard practice, sice it is not clear on the Mongolian Embassy website that the Visa only last 30 days from date of issue.
I will update again once I have got in and out of the country without any major problems (I hope so, I have heard that some Russian Border Officals are bad news).
I had no issues with Russian border guards, actually. They do spend a bit of time looking at the Mongolians crossing the border (looking for smugglers), but most of the foreigners they were very quick dealing with.