Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Do not travel overseas at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions. This do not travel advisory (level 4 of 4) applies to all destinations except the Cook Islands....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

Exercise increased caution in the Cook Islands (level 2 of 4). Quarantine-free travel is now available between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Information about the current situation in Australia is available here....Read more

  • Reviewed: 26 January 2021, 11:24 NZDT
  • Still current at: 26 September 2021

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COVID-19

We currently advise that all New Zealanders do not travel overseas at this time due to the outbreak of COVID-19, associated health risks and widespread travel restrictions.

The global situation remains complex and rapidly changing. International travel can be complicated with fewer international flights available and disruptions to transit routes and hubs. Any destination could experience a sudden increase in cases of COVID-19 and a heightened risk to travellers of contracting the virus. Strict health measures and movement restrictions could be imposed suddenly. Should you decide to travel despite our advice, be prepared to remain overseas longer than you intended. You should also be aware that your travel insurance may not cover travel disruption or medical expenses.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine in New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand must undertake 14 days of government-provided managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ). Detailed information about MIQ requirements in New Zealand can be found at www.miq.govt.nz.

Pre-departure testing requirements for travellers to New Zealand
All travellers to New Zealand (excluding those from Antarctica, Australia and most Pacific Islands) must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result before departure. Detailed information about pre-departure testing requirements can be found on the Unite Against Covid-19 website here.

We recognise that some New Zealanders do continue to live and travel overseas. We continue to provide destination-specific advice about other safety and security risks below.

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Tonga

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.

Travel tips


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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