Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Tonga on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

All international flights to Tonga are suspended, except for repatriation flights approved by the Ministry of Health.

Air New Zealand are running one flight a week for outbound passengers. Contact Air New Zealand (+64 9 357 3000) or a travel agent of your choice to check onward transit options. Details of rules on transiting via New Zealand are on the New Zealand Immigration website. You should also familiarise yourself with the current rules on transiting via Australia.

Entry and borders

In line with the State of Emergency (see below), Tongan borders are closed for entry to all foreign nationals, except if authorisation has been granted by the relevant Tongan government authority. See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Tonga.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

The Communicable Disease Section of the Ministry of Health conducts testing for outgoing passengers from Tonga. You should call 770 9537 or 740 0416 for further advice including prices, and to arrange a test.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Tonga

Tonga is currently subject to two States of Emergency and National COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions.

A State of Emergency for Public Health has been renewed by the government of the Kingdom of Tonga until 8pm on 11 April 2022. A State of Emergency following the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption was renewed by the government of the Kingdom of Tonga from 13 March 2022 until 8am on 10 April 2022. This includes a number Tongan islands and locations on Tongatapu; members of the public are prohibited from entering during this period.

National COVID-19 Lockdown Restrictions have been renewed by the government of the Kingdom of Tonga until 20 March 2022. These directions cover additional protective measures including a daily lockdown from 8pm until 5am. For further information on the States of Emergency and the National Lockdown Restrictions, you should check the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga’s website.

Public places and services

During National Lockdown Restrictions, public places including places of worship, bars and nightclubs remain closed, while restaurants and cafes may only provide a take away service.

Healthcare in Tonga

Medical care across Tonga is not as advanced as you would find in the UK. Access to medical services and the availability of fresh foods in Tonga could be impaired during a serious or extended COVID-19 outbreak.

Further information on precautionary measures and travel restrictions are available from the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga website.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Tonga

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Tonga

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Tonga announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Tongan national vaccination programme started in April 2021 using the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Ministry of Health extended the programme to Ha’apai on 31 August. The roll-out of Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12-17 years began in schools on Tongatapu on 21 October. British nationals resident in Tonga are eligible for vaccination. People who have not yet received a vaccine are encouraged to pre-register at the Ministry of Health’s website. You should also monitor the Tongan Ministry of Health Facebook page for more information.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Tonga, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

For further UK government guidance on support you can access whilst abroad, visit our waiting to return guidance. This includes guidance on finance, health, and staying connected.

Help and support

Consular support is limited in Tonga. However, the British High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand can provide consular support to British nationals. You should monitor guidance on social media. Check the UK in the South Pacific Facebook page and Twitter feed.