Airlines – International
Tonga is easy and relatively cheap to get to. Pacific Blue, Air New Zealand and Air Pacific fly direct to Nuku’alofa, Tonga from Australia, New Zealand & Fiji. You only need a valid passport, an onward ticket to be granted a visa for 1month upon arrival, but double-check with authorities prior to departure as rules can vary slightly for different countries.
Airlines – Domestic
Getting from Nukulofa to Vava’u, you will also need to get a domestic flight with Chatham airways.
This can be booked directly online. For more information, click below.
- Bona-fide tourists and businesspersons from most countries, including New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, may enter Tonga for a period not exceeding 31 days without a visa, but visitors from certain countries will need a visa prior to arrival. Check with your travel agent when you book your ticket or visit www.tongaholiday.com for a complete list of visa-waiver countries.
- if required, a visa application form can be downloaded from the Tonga Visitors Bureau website at www.tongaholiday.com or contact the Tonga Immigration Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (676) 26 969/ 26 970.
- Visitors must also have a valid passport (6 months or more), an onward air or sea ticket and relevant health certificates. If visitors wish to extend their stay, permission must be requested from the Principal Immigration Officer, Nuku’alofa.
- A valid yellow fever certificate and a valid cholera certificate are required by all travellers over one year old who have been in an infected area prior to Tonga.
Tongatapu: Fua’amotu International Airport is located 21km south east of the capital Nuku’alofa.
Vava’u: Lupepau’u International Airport is located 10km north of the capital Neiafu.
Ha’apai: Pilolevu Airport is located 5km north of the capital Pangai.
‘Eua: Kaufana Airport is located 3km south east of the capital ‘Ohonua.
Customs & Duty Free
Your personal concession allows you to bring to Tonga free of duty two cartons of cigarettes (not exceeding 500 grams) and 2.25 litres of potable spirits or 4.5 litres of wine or beer, ale, stout or porter for persons over the age of 18 years.
No tax is to be paid upon your departure from Tonga as it has been prepaid with your airline ticket.
There are five ports of entry into Tonga: Tongatapu, Lifuka (Ha’apai), Vava’u, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou. In all ports, yachts must fly the yellow flag and be available for inspection. For clearance purposes yachts may anchor in the restricted anchorage area near the wharf and along the waterfront as directed by the Harbour Master. Customs office hours are from 8:30am-4:30pm with a break from 12:30-1:30pm for lunch. Offices are open from Monday to Friday and yachts may not be cleared, either in or out, on the weekend. If you arrive outside normal hours, anchor close to the wharf, with the yellow flag flying and proceed to the wharf during normal hours. At Nuku’alofa, contact the Ports Authority on VHR Channel 16/14 or A3A Nuku’alofa radio Ch 16/12/HF radio 2182.