Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 31 July 2019, 10:00 NZST
  • Still current at: 18 August 2019

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Tonga. 

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Crime
Crime levels in Tonga are relatively low, however incidents of robberies, violent assaults and sexual assaults do occur, including against foreigners. House break-ins and property theft also occur. Security risks increase after dark and in isolated areas.

Transport safety
The New Zealand Government has expressed well publicised concerns about aspects of domestic aviation safety in Tonga. Domestic aviation safety standards can vary and should be closely monitored.

Domestic aviation services in Tonga can change at short notice and travellers should keep this in mind when making their travel arrangements. 

Maritime safety, particularly of older vessels, is a concern in Tonga. In late 2009, 74 people lost their lives when the passenger ferry MV Princess Ashika sank. Safety regulations are not always adhered to when travelling by sea ferry and it is advisable to take your own lifejacket. Ferries are often overcrowded.

General travel advice
New Zealanders are advised to respect religious, social and cultural traditions in Tonga to avoid offending local sensitivities. Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Tonga should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Tonga are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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The New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Street Address Corner Taufa'ahau and Salote Roads, Nuku'alofa, Tonga Postal Address PO Box 830, Tonga Telephone +676 23122 Email nzhctonga@mfat.govt.nz Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/tonga Hours Mon - Fri, 9am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm Note Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nzhctonga

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New Zealand High Commission Tonga

Street Address
Corner Taufa'ahau and Salote Roads, Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Telephone: +676 23122

Email: nzhctonga@mfat.govt.nz

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/tonga

Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm

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