Travel Advice for Tonga
Tonga
Capital: Nuku'alofa

Time Zone GMT + 13
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 676
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: 0
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All emergency services - 911.
Tourist
Information
Tonga Visitor's Bureau, PO Box 37, Vuna Road, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Tel: 21733 Fax: 22507.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Regulations may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa are issued on arrival to nationals of all countries.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from passengers over 1 year of age arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Competent medical and dental facilities are available. Hepatitis A and B occur. Health insurance is recommended.
Food
& Drink
Water outside of Nuku'alofa is untreated and not safe to drink. Dairy products are pasteurised.
Currency Pa'anga (T$) = 100 seniti.
Credit cards have limited use.
Travellers cheques are accepted at some hotels and tourist shops. Australian dollar cheques are preferred.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Relatively cheap.
Languages Tongan and English.
Weather Marginally cooler than most tropical areas. The best time is May to November. Heavy rains occur between Dec and Mar.
Electricity 240 Volts Ac 50 Hz.
Post 10 days.
Transport FLIGHTS: Royal Tongan Airlines operate regular flights between the main cities.
SEA: Ferries sail between all the island groups. Schedules are subject to change according to demand and the weather.
ROAD: A good network of metalled roads exists. Horses are often used.
CAR HIRE: May be arranged through a number of agencies.
DOCUMENTATION: A local licence is required from the police traffic department on production of a valid international or national driving licence, the fee and a passport. Min driving age = 18.
Special
Information
Shorts are not acceptable in towns. Visitors are not expected to tip.