Local time, Business Hours and Holidays
Mongolian Standard Time (MST) is thirteen (13) hours ahead of EST in the fall and winter months and 12 hours ahead in spring and summer months. Mongolia does not use daylights-savings time in spring and fall. The standard 40-hour workweek is 0900-1800 (9:00am – 6:00pm), Monday through Friday, with Saturday and Sunday off. Holidays are as follows.
Mongolian Holidays for 2020
|January 1||Wednesday||Substitute Day of New Year Day|
|February 24||Monday||Lunar New Year*|
|February 25||Tuesday||Lunar New Year*|
|February 26||Wednesday||Lunar New Year*|
|March 8||Sunday||International Women’s day|
|June 1||Monday||Mother and Child Day|
|June 5||Friday||Great Buddha Day|
|July 11||Saturday||National Holiday/Naadam|
|July 12||Sunday||National Holiday/Naadam|
|July 13||Monday||National Holiday/Naadam|
|July 14||Tuesday||National Holiday/Naadam|
|July 15||Wednesday||National Holiday/Naadam|
|November 16||Monday||Birthday of Genghis Khaan|
|November 26||Thursday||Independence day|
|December 29||Friday||National Independence Day|
- The official organizations like the government offices usually work from 09:00 to 18:00 with a one-hour break, and they do not work on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Post offices and scenic sights are always open daily from 08:00-09:30 to 16:00-18:00.
- The hospital clinics and its first-aid center are usually served for 24 hours.
- Hotels also offer the round-the-clock service to any lodger. Shops, department stores and supermarkets are open every day from 08:30-09:30 to 21:30-00:00, including public holidays.
- Restaurants and bars are always open from around 12:00 to the late night, sometimes even into the small hours or for all night.
- Public bus in Ulaanbaatar city starts service at 07:00am and stops at 21:00 – 22:00, but taxies are available 24 hours, but it is hard to take one at peak hours (07:00 – 09:00 and 17:00 – 19:00).