Tonga travel information
Due to the spread of the corona virus, the
authorities have Measures implemented for visitors on
March 19, among others. a. Health certificate
requirements and quarantine in a third country for
travelers from (or in transit through) specific
countries, including Norway. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
Most trips to Tonga are completed without any special
problems. However, theft of valuables occurs, and women
should exercise caution and not walk alone at night. The
road standard is poor.
Norway does not have a consulate on Tonga. The
closest Norwegian consulate is to Fiji. Norway has two
consulates in New Zealand. Responsible Norwegian Embassy
is the Norwegian embassy in Canberra. The risk of
terrorist incidents on Tonga is considered low. Tonga
has severe penalties for drug offenses.
There is generally little crime on Tonga. Theft of
valuables such as cash, jewelry, camera, mobile phone
etc. occurs however. The security situation is less
secure after nightfall. There have been cases where
tourists have been raped. Women should therefore
exercise caution and avoid walking alone at night,
especially in low-populated areas and on beaches.
The road standard on Tonga is poor and there will
often be people and animals on the road. Motorcyclists
in particular are prone to road accidents. Please note
that there is left-hand traffic. Therefore, always
remember to look to the right when you cross the road or
when you cross at junctions or roundabouts. A good rule
is to look at both sides.
It is recommended to make copies of passports,
tickets, bank cards, etc., and keep them separately from
the original documents. It is not recommended to keep
credit cards, cash and travelers checks together. Spread
the risk so that you will not be able to pay in case of
- Countryaah: NukuˇŻalofa is the capital
of Tonga. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The safety standard is considerably lower than in
Norway, especially in risk sports and when transporting
by boat between the islands. Due to strong currents
caution should be exercised when swimming. Therefore,
consult locally regarding safe areas for swimming and
other water sports.
Tonga can be hit by tropical storms, hurricanes and
cyclones with strong winds and large amounts of
rainfall, with subsequent danger of flooding and
landslides. The hurricane season is from November to
If you travel by boat, especially during the
hurricane season, it is recommended that you check the
weather forecast at Tonga's Meteorological Institute.
Cyclone and storm information is also available from
the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, US Navy, US National
Weather Service Forecast Office, the Fiji Meteorological
Service, the World Meteorological Organization Severe
Weather Information Center, and the Humanitarian Early
Tonga can also be hit by earthquakes.
Look for messages and advice from local authorities
both before, during and after an emergency.
Local emergency numbers are as follows:
Police 922 or (+676) 70 234, ambulance 933, fire
department 999 or (+676) 70 089, general emergency 911.
In crisis and emergency situations, the public is
encouraged to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Canberra
on tel: +61 2 6270 5700 or by e-mail:
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages anyone who
is going to countries outside Europe and North America
to register on reiseregistrering.no. Travel registration
is also recommended for anyone who is going to be abroad
for an extended period of time, including students and
In a crisis situation where there is reason to
believe that family and friends may be concerned, the
embassy encourages Norwegians in the affected areas to
contact family members in Norway. Family members can
also contact the local authorities in the affected
areas. General precautions for natural disasters in
Oceania can be found here.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian passport holders will receive a visa for
one month free of charge upon arrival in Tonga, provided
that they can present valid passports, tickets for
return home as well as documentation of financing and
residence during their stay.
The passport should be valid for a minimum of six
months from the date of arrival. For questions regarding
visas and immigration, you can contact the immigration
authorities in Nuku'alofa on the following website.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
prevalence of the virus, the authorities from March 19
have implemented measures for visitors, among others. a.
Health certificate requirements and quarantine in a
third country for travelers from (or in transit through)
specific countries, including Norway. Information on the
measures can be read on the official websites of the
Ministry of Health and the Government of Tonga Facebook
page. It is the authorities of Tonga who are responsible
for updating the websites.
Norwegian travelers should also keep abreast of the
development of the coronavirus, as well as keep up to
date with guidance and instructions from the Tonga
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
When traveling to Tonga you should be careful with
mosquito protection; Outbreaks of dengue fever and zika
fever occur. From May 3, 2017, Norwegian health
authorities have changed the advice for pregnant women
and other travelers to areas with zika. It is now open
for more testing for couples in connection with
pregnancy. Pregnants are advised to postpone unnecessary
travel. Use of a condom during sexual activity will
reduce the risk of infection by the zika virus. Women
should avoid becoming pregnant during their stay by
using birth control. Please see the National Health
Institute's advice for pregnant women and other
travelers to areas with zika.
Treatment services in hospitals are limited and in
severe cases evacuation to New Zealand or Australia will
Please see the National Institute of Public Health's
recommendations regarding vaccination when traveling
abroad to Oceania. For more information on dengue fever,
please see the World Health Organization factsheet on
The infection of the zika virus and the outbreak of
zika fever have been detected on Tonga. The zika virus
can be transmitted by mosquitoes or by sexual
transmission. The symptoms are usually mild and many
infected with the zika virus do not get sick. Pregnants
are advised to postpone travel to outbreaks.
More information can be found on the Institute of
Public Health's website.
There are public hospitals on Tongatapu and Neiofu,
and there are some private doctors in the capital. The
range of treatment is still limited, and in severe cases
evacuation to New Zealand or Australia must be expected.
There is no pressure chamber that can treat diving
sickness. The closest treatment site is in Australia in
Townsville, Queensland. Therefore, make sure you have
good travel insurance and check carefully what the
insurance covers before departure, especially for
medical evacuation by air/helicopter.
The fountains in the largest cities are chlorinated
and drinkable. Diarrhea due to. Impure drinking water
can still occur. In the outer islands, the water should
Area code for phone calls to Tonga is +676. Tonga
lies eleven-twelve hours ahead of Norway, depending on
Norwegian summer and winter time.
Power uses 240 volts and three-point plugs. Mobile
coverage is only available in Nuku'alofa (the capital).
Tonga is a religious and relatively conservative
country. The population is predominantly Christian, most
of whom are Methodists (about 36 percent), Catholics
(about 15 percent) and Mormon (about 15 percent).
English and Tongan are official languages. It is not
common to give tips.
Going for easy clothing outside beaches and tourist
hotels can be considered insulting. It is recommended
that women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and
knees, and it is forbidden to wear their upper body in
public places. Topless sunbathing is also not accepted.
The Tongans have a conservative stance on homosexuality.
Credit cards can be used at most hotels and in major
stores. There are only a few ATMs and only in Nuku'alofa
and on the islands of Ha'apai, Vava'u, Eua and
Tongatapu. Bring cash if you travel to the outer
islands. Public offices are normally open Monday to
Friday from 08:30 to 16:30 and shops from 08:30 to
17:00. Most shops are open on Saturdays from 8am to
12pm. At Nuku'alofa and Neiafu the banks are also open
from 08.30-15.30 on Saturdays. For an overview of
holidays and holidays, see the Ministry of Information