At current moment, only Tongan nationals and permanent residents are permitted to enter Tonga. Most foreign flights have been canceled, and the choices for getting out of the country are severely restricted. A state of emergency has been declared, and all activities have been suspended in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, all schools and hospitals have closed down.
The only way to get to Tonga is on a chartered flight with Nauru Airlines or Polynesian Airlines. These are full flights with all mandatory vaccinations, so if you're worried about being infected with measles or chickenpox, then don't go. The trip takes about 12 hours. There will be time at night to walk around the airport terminal but not much else to do.
There are no direct flights to Tonga from Australia or New Zealand. You can take a flight to Nauru first, which is one hour away from Tongatapu. From there, you'll need to connect through Honolulu or Los Angeles.
Tonga has very strict immigration policies. All visitors must clear customs and immigration upon arrival. There are no visa requirements for citizens of Oceania Nations (Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa).
COVID-19 prevents travel to Tonga. Before planning any overseas trip, see the Department of State's COVID-19 website. See the COVID-19 page on the US Embassy's website. Visit the CDC's travel and COVID-19 webpage. If you have a medical condition, take medications, or use oxygen, ask your doctor before you go.
Tonga has experienced multiple outbreaks of respiratory infections over the past few years, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2004 and 2009 H1N1 influenza. Both viruses were contained quickly with no deaths reported. However there have been reports of lung disease associated with both viruses. There is a possibility that other unknown diseases may be circulating too that we do not know about yet. So although Tonga is well prepared to deal with cases of COVID-19, there can never be a guarantee that someone won't die from another illness down there.
There are many different types of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can be transmitted through water. The best way to avoid getting sick abroad is by following basic hygiene practices. Do not drink tap water unless it has been filtered or purified. Avoid drinking water that looks murky or has a foul odor. Use clean water for brushing teeth, washing hands, and all other tasks where clean water is needed. When possible, try to consume only packaged foods; these have been inspected for contamination.
To enter Tonga, you must have a passport valid for at least six months and an onward or return ticket. For stays of more over 31 days, visas are necessary. Visas can be obtained from the Immigration Office in your home country or from one of these offices when you make your first stop in New Zealand.
Do they take passports at customs? Can I leave my passport at home?
Yes, but it's recommended that you bring your passport with you when you travel abroad. If they ask for your passport at customs, it means that there is something wrong with it. If they find something written in another language inside the book, they may deny you entry to the country.
At airports, they usually check if you have any endangered species inside your luggage. If so, they might hold on to them until they know what to do with them. This usually happens with birds and plants but has also happened with reptiles and monkeys.
If this happens to you, call their number listed on your passport page (not the embassy, but the number of the local police station) and tell them that you were checked at the airport and have something holding on to it. They will come and get it from you.
For US residents coming to Tonga as tourists for stays of 30 days or less, a visa is not necessary. Travelers must have a valid passport valid for at least the next six months in all situations, as well as proof of a return aircraft ticket or planned transit to their next destination. If your trip is longer than 30 days, it's best to check with local authorities about requirements for visas.
Yes, dogs are allowed into Tonga provided they are leashed when outside the owner's house and cleaned up after. There are no specific restrictions on breed, but large dogs may not be able to get through some airport security checkpoints. You should also know that some countries will not allow their animals to be transported inside the cabin of an airplane, so consider those regulations when planning your trip.
To cash in on the perks offered by the Tongan government, you must register yourself and your vehicle on the national automobile database (NAFTA). This can be done at any police station across the country. You must also display a valid license on your vehicle at all times.
If you're looking to save money on things like gasoline and parking fees, it's best to use an i-Tonga card.
Tonga recognizes dual citizenship under the law. If you are a Canadian citizen as well as a Tonga citizen, our capacity to provide consular services to you may be limited while you are there. You could also have to meet separate entrance and exit criteria. Traffic travels on the left side of the road. To drive in Tonga, you must have a valid visitor's driver's license. There are certain restrictions that apply when driving with drugs or alcohol.
Yes, but you should consider whether or not the benefits of driving (such as saving time) outweigh the risks. Driving is not recommended for people who are new to foreign countries or who have difficulty keeping track of more than one thing at a time. In addition, visitors who plan to travel between cities during their stay should note that the distance between some towns can be long by American standards-especially if they're going beyond Taufa'ahau City limits. The best way to see much of the country is by car; public transportation is limited.
In order to drive in Tonga, you must be either a citizen or resident of the kingdom. Those seeking work permits will be asked to sign a declaration stating that they do not hold any other nationality. If this requirement applies to you, then you should expect to be asked when applying for your license where your nationality comes from.