Safety and Responsibility
Are Blue Silk Travel's Mongolia tours culturally responsible?
As a joint Mongolian-U.S. team, Blue Silk Travel strives to create greater cross-cultural understanding through our tours. Tourism plays an important role in developing the Mongolian economy, promoting Mongolian arts and culture, and building relationships between the people of Mongolia and the U.S.
Is traveling to Mongolia safe?
Yes, Mongolia is a safe country, although like elsewhere, crime does occur. To learn more about the potential risks of traveling to Mongolia, please review the U.S. State Department's report on the country. The State Department also has a global map that can help you compare potential risks in Mongolia to those in other destinations that you are considering.
What if I get sick?
Mongolia has a state-run universal health care system, as well as numerous private hospitals, including a Joint Commission International-accredited hospital in Ulaanbaatar. However, U.S.-quality care is generally unavailable outside of the capital city. You must be in good health to participate on our tours. Blue Silk Travel enrolls all of its travelers in medical evacuation coverage for up to $200,000.
Is Mongolia politically stable? What about attitudes towards Americans?
Yes, Mongolia is a peaceful, thriving multi-party democracy with a market economy and freedom of expression, an island of freedom in a sea of authoritarianism. The country is poised for continuing long-term economic growth following a boom earlier this decade when the IMF ranked Mongolia as the world's fastest growing economy in 2011 and the third fastest in 2012.
The U.S. and Mongolia maintain strong economic, political and cultural ties. Many Mongolians, including some of Blue Silk Travel's tour leaders, have lived, studied and worked in America, and still more are interested in meeting Americans and learning more about the U.S.