Electricity

Electrical current in Tonga is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Australian-style plugs with three rectangular prongs are standard.

Language

The official languages are Tongan and English.


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Health

Yellow fever vaccinations are required for all travellers arriving from infected areas in Africa or the Americas but are not otherwise recommended. Tap water should only be drunk if it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected. Medical facilities are limited in Tonga and comprehensive travel insurance is advised. Travellers should take all required medication with them.


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Local customs

Tonga is predominantly Christian and locals are generally very conservative. Modest dress is expected outside of hotels. When greeting a stranger, a handshake is appropriate, but family members will press their noses together and exhale loudly. It is acceptable to eat with your hands, and it is customary to wash your hands before and after the meal. Sundays are reserved mainly for religious worship and many restaurants and shops will be closed. Homosexuality is technically illegal and the law is occasionally enforced - same-sex partners should avoid public displays of affection.


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Duty free

Visitors to Tonga over the age of 18 may import 250 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of loose tobacco; and 2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres of wine or beer. All plant and animal products must be declared.


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Passport & Visa

Visitors must hold documents and tickets for their return/onward journey and sufficient funds to cover their stay. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Entry requirements

US citizens require a passport that is valid on arrival. A visa is required. American citizens can obtain a tourist visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 31 days.

UK citizens require a passport that is valid on arrival. A visa is required. British citizens can obtain a visa for touristic purposes on arrival; the visa is valid for 31 days.

Canadian citizens require a passport that is valid on arrival. A visa is required. Canadians can obtain a tourist visa on arrival; the visa is valid for 31 days.

Australian citizens require a passport that is valid on arrival. A visa is required. Tourist visa are available to Australians upon arrival in Tonga, these visas are valid for 31 days.

SA citizens require require a passport that is valid on arrival. A visa is required.

Irish citizens require a passport that is valid on arrival. A visa is required. Irish nationals are able to get a 'visitors visa' on arrival in Tonga, these visas are valid for 31 days. Visitors must hold documents and tickets for their return/onward journey and sufficient funds to cover their stay.

NZ citizens require a passport that is valid on arrival. A visa is required. New Zealand citizens can obtain a 'visitors visa' on arrival, for touristic purposes. Visitors visas are are valid for 31 days. Visitors must hold documents and tickets for their return/onward journey and sufficient funds to cover their stay.

Useful contacts

Tonga Tourism Authority, Nuku'alofa: +676 25334 or info@tourism-tonga.com


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Embassies / consulates in other countries

Tongo Consulate General, San Francisco, United States: (650) 685 1001

Tongan High Commission, London, United Kingdom: 020 7724 5828

Tongan High Commission, Canberra, Australia: (+61) 26232 4806

Embassies / consulates in Tonga

U.S. Embassy in Tonga, Suva, Fiji: (679) 331-4466

Canadian Embassy in Tonga, Nuku'alofa, Tonga: 676 23-244

High Commission of Australia, Nuku'alofa, Tonga: 676 23 244

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