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Tonga Travel Information

The Basics


GMT +13


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


The official languages are Tongan and English.

Travel 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.

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.

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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