The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Embassy services are operating on an ‘appointments only’ basis. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.
Direct Aid Program projects selected in 2022-2023
Thank you to all who applied for 2022-2023 Direct Aid Program Funding support. We received 207 applications in total and have selected the following thirteen applications. It was very challenging for us to select the list for funding out of highly competitive proposals. We thank organisations that argued passionately for their projects but who were unsuccessful this time.
Congratulations to the thirteen organisations that have received grants for 2022-2023 Direct Aid Program. These organisations come from a wide range of sectors (health, disability inclusiveness, environment, gender and human rights, disaster management) and regions (Ulaanbaatar, Bulgan, Govi Altai, Sukhbaatar and Bayankhongor).
The successful applicants are listed below:
1. National Center for Maternal and Child Health: Enhancing pediatric care through training by physicians tailored education program of Australia
2. Save the Children Japan, Mongolia Office: Strengthening capacity of pediatric trauma care and child first aid responses in rural areas
3. National Institute for Disaster Management: Integrated data collection middle ware system in disaster management
4. Red Cross Branch of Govi-Altai: Providing shelter for victims of violence
5.Little Scientist NGO: Capacity building for teachers and trainers to assist children with special needs
6.Bayankhongor Governor’s Office: Medical health care services to herders in Bayankhongor province
7. We are Smart Community: Responsive Arkhangai
8. Christina Nobel Children’s Foundation: Empowering youth with knowledge and information about sexual and reproductive health
9. National Center Against Violence: Friendly kit
10. Tugs Tsetseikhen: Green future
11. Mongolian Blind Football Federation: Improve social awareness of blind football and its existence
12. Business Development Center of Uvurkhangai Province: Sustainable labour support income and job generation in Uvurkhangai province
13. Bulgan Manlailal: Increased local awareness to prevent sexual abuse of girls and protect children in Bulgan province
COVID-19 restrictions in Mongolia
We now advise you exercise a high degree of caution in Mongolia. COVID-19 case numbers have decreased considerably from a peak in January. Mongolia has reopened its borders to all travellers. Chinggis Khan International Airport remains the only border point that is currently open. All land border crossings will reopen on 1 April. You're no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to enter Mongolia. However, different requirements may apply depending on embarkation point and airline. You don't need to quarantine on arrival. All major domestic COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. This includes limits on opening hours of businesses and social distancing. The wearing of face masks is still mandatory.
Please refer to https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/mongolia for the latest travel and safety updates.
COVID-19: Travelling to Australia
From 21 February 2022, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia. See COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au) for more information.
All travellers to Australia must also complete a Digital Passenger Declaration within 72 hours of departure. See Digital Passenger Declaration (homeaffairs.gov.au) for more information.
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Australian nationals eligibile for Mongolian e-visa
Australian nationals are now eligible to apply for a Mongolian e-visa through evisa.mn/main. Applicants for an e-visa are no longer required to visit the Mongolian Embassy in Canberra and will receive their e-visa by email.
Through the electronic system, applicants will be able to obtain visas for the purposes of tourism (K2), participating in sports, culture and arts events (K4), and transit (K6).
Visit evisa.mn/main for more information.
Projects selected for the 2021-2022 Direct Aid Program
Thank you to all who applied for funding support under DFAT’s 2021-2022 Direct Aid Program. We received 111 highly competitive applications in total and have selected the following ten for funding in this round. We thank all of the organisations that argued passionately for their projects but who were unsuccessful this time and urge you to consider applying again in the future. Our congratulations to the successful applicants.
Click HERE for the full list of projects that will be implemented.
Australia and The Asia Foundation support Mongolian women entrepreneurs during COVID-19
Australia and The Asia Foundation have commenced a new program to support Mongolia’s women entrepreneurs and address the economic and social challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Australia’s Partnership for Recovery funding (A$391,000) to The Asia Foundation will target women entrepreneurs and other beneficiaries in Ulaanbaatar, Orkhon, Darkhan-Uul, and Uvurkhangai Provinces.
Click HERE to read more.
Direct Aid Program (DAP) projects selected in 2020-2021
Congratulations to the ten organisations that have received grants for this year’s Direct Aid Program. These organisations represent a wide range of sectors including health and emergency services, human rights and youth development. We look forward to working with you.
Thank you for all who applied for 2020-21 Direct Aid Program Funding support. We received 122 applications. It was highly competitive, and we thank all of those who argued passionately for their projects.
Click here for more information on the projects being implemented this year.
The successful applicants are listed below:
1) “Reducing Risk of Forest Fires in Bulgan Province” – The Emergency Management Agency of Bulgan Province
2) “Bankhar Portable Art Therapy for Children” – The Mongolian Professional Art Therapy Association
3) “My Sacred Personal Space” – The National Centre Against Violence
4) “WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency Essential Surgical Care” – Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences
5) “Literature Books for Children with Disability” – Joint Pen of Mongolian Writers
6) “Economic Empowerment of Gender Based Violence Victims” – The Women Entrepreneur Mentors Club
7) “Empowering Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth to participate in Sustainable Development Mongolia” - The Mongol Ecology Centre
8) “Mongolian Health Performance Framework and Reporting Platform” - The Health Development Centre, Transparency International Mongolia and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
9) “Establish Community Level in Cancer Screening and Strengthening Call-Recall System” – National Cancer Centre of Mongolia
10) “Protecting Vulnerable Women and Children and Improving their Education and Social Relations” – AFIM Mongolia
Strengthening SMEs and introducing digital marketing in Mongolia
Throughout the world, Australia Awards alumni make positive changes in a variety of markets and sectors. One Mongolian alumna who should be highlighted is Sarantuya Baasankhuu - who is contributing to improving digital marketing options for Mongolian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In Mongolia, SMEs make up 98 per cent of all enterprises, and they face many obstacles to unlocking their full potential, including access finance and digital marketing systems.
Developing a new and better SME structure and marketing strategy is one way of helping SMEs fully utilise their potential and to better market their products both domestically and internationally. Currently Sarantuya, through her mentoring program, is using her Australia Awards experiences to directly mentor business owners of Mongolian public and private SMEs including Booklo – online bookstore, Ur Mine – kids cashmere, Huugiin Gutal – male handmade leather shoes, and Torhondoi – wooden barrels.
In Australia, she studied a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Monash University through her Australia Awards Scholarship – a two-year study program involving experience-based modules, consulting projects, and overseas learning and industry engagement opportunities. In addition to building her management knowledge and skills through the degree, Sarantuya’s exposure to company management practices was enhanced during a 2018 visit to Germany with mentors at the Amazon Fulfillment Center.
Click here to read the fully story.
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