Ulaanbaatar - Post Report Question and Answers

How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

We get mail and packages through the embassy and can take anywhere between 3-6 weeks. There is DHL, UPS and Fedex here. Not sure about the local carriers. - Jan 2024

As part of the U.S. Embassy, I receive mail and packages through the diplomatic pouch. It usually takes 3 weeks for an item to arrive; however, it can take much longer depending on if the border is closed. Using the local postal facilities, it can take months for a letter to travel from Ulaanbaatar to the United States. - Aug 2022

Pouch: usually takes 3-4 weeks. DPO has not worked well during the pandemic. Mongolia does have an established post office system, but we have no need to use it. - Jan 2022

DPO or Pouch. Some people have used the local mail and it is pretty reliable. DHL is also good but expensive. - Sep 2020

Yes, all good in normal, pre-pandemic times. - Aug 2020

Use the Embassy pouch. It goes out once a week. Incoming mail comes twice a week and is generally reliable. - Jul 2019

Embassy is pouch only (DPO to Hong Kong, then pouch to UB) so keep that in mind when you are doing your consumables shopping.

Some have sent postcards through the Mongolian mail and they arrived in the US after a few weeks of travel. - Oct 2016

By pouch and also with the regular post, using a PO Box. Mongolian post has always been very reliable, including shipment of parcels/packages, although it's slow (3 weeks or so from Europe or North America). Items ordered from retailers like Brooks Brothers come by DHL/FedEx in 5 days or so. I enjoy sending letters by Mongolian post as they have some really beautiful stamps. - Feb 2015

We use the embassy mail. - May 2012

Pouch. - Feb 2012

I use the diplomatic pouch through the embassy. USPS mail takes so long that I've canceled my Netflix subscription. It takes at least one month for mail delivery to-and-from the States. The time lengthens during inclement weather or when flights from Hong Kong are delayed. - Feb 2011

Right now, the Embassy has an FPO address. - Jan 2009

Central Post Office, at your own risk. - Oct 2008

Subscribe to our newsletter

New book from Talesmag! Honest and courageous stories of life abroad with special needs.

Read More