Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 12 April 2018, 10:00 NZST
  • Still current at: 24 July 2019

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Exercise normal safety and security precautions

Exercise normal safety and security precautions in Tonga. 

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Crime levels in Tonga are relatively low, although pretty crime, such as property theft does occur. There have also been some incidences of house break-ins and violent assault associated with robbery. Security risks increase after dark and women in particular should avoid going out alone or to isolated locations.


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 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 Web Site Hours Mon - Fri, 9am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4.30pm Note Facebook:

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New Zealand High Commission Tonga

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

Telephone: +676 23122



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

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