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Please be advised that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Travel Advice is now available at Ireland.ie/travel. Travel Advice on this webpage is no longer being updated. To ensure you receive the latest Travel Advice for Tonga, please see Ireland.ie.


If you’re travelling to Tonga, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact



Security Status

Normal Precautions

General Travel Advice

Irish citizens do not require a visa to travel to Tonga.

A valid passport is required for travel to Tonga. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of six months after intended date of departure. Passport cards cannot be used.

For more information on visas and passports, please see the Additional Information tab.

Visitors to Tonga are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.

Citizens can also follow the Embassy on social media (Twitter @IrelandinNZ and Facebook @IrishEmbassyNewZealand) to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Tonga by dialling 911

Specific emergency numbers are:

  • Police:  922
  • Fire brigade: 999
  • Medical Assistance: 933

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

In countries where Ireland does not have an Embassy:

As there is no Irish Embassy in Tonga, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Irish Embassy in New Zealand.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security


Crime levels in Tonga are relatively low however petty crime is common and incidents of robberies, violent assaults and sexual assaults do occur. Security risks increase after dark, avoid travelling alone at night or to isolated areas.

We advise you to take basic precautions while travelling to Tonga:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.

LGBTQI+ Travel

Same-sex activity between men is criminalised, although the law is rarely enforced.

Road travel

Driving in Tonga can be dangerous, especially at night due to poor street lighting and poorly-maintained roads. Beware of pedestrians and animals on the roads.

Nature and Climate

Earthquakes and volcanoes

Tonga is located in a seismically active zone, which can lead to earthquakes and volcanic activity. Parts of Tonga were severely impacted by and recovering from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption and tsunami which flooded parts of Tongatapu and other nearby islands in January 2022. Monitor media for the latest developments and follow the instructions of local authorities. 

Tropical storms and Cyclones

In Tonga, strong winds are expected from the beginning of November to the end of April, some of which can reach cyclone strength. During this time, intense rainfall and subsequent floods and landslides are to be expected. However, tropical storms and cyclones can happen throughout the year.

You are advised to monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO),  or Tonga Meteorologial Services – Ministry of MEIDECC  the Fiji Meteorological Service website.


Take local advice before swimming. Strong rips can occur where there's a break in the reef. Fatal accidents have occurred. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunami has led to debris in the sand and water. Take extra care when swimming.

Local Laws and Customs

Local Laws and Customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Sabbath laws strictly limit Sunday activities.



Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country. We advise you to take out comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.

There is a risk of mosquito-borne diseases, including dengue. You should take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

Health facilities in Tonga are basic. Medical evacuation from Tonga may be required for non-routine medical problems.


Boiling water and only drinking bottled water is strongly recommended.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish passport holders must meet the following requirements for entry to Tonga:

1.           Have an onward (or return) ticket to a country you have a valid visa or permit to enter;

2.           Possess a passport valid for a minimum of six (6) months after the intended date of departure from Tonga. Passport cards cannot be used;

3.           Have sufficient funds for self-support.

Irish nationals who meet entry criteria will be issued a 30-day Visitor Permit upon arrival in Tonga.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

If you require emergency assistance from the Embassy, please contact us on +64 4 4712252. If you call outside normal working hours, you will be given instructions to call another number to speak to a Duty Officer.

You may also wish to call the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin directly at 00353-1-4082000.

Physical Address
Level 10, Technology One House
86 Victoria Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address
Embassy of Ireland, Wellington
PO Box 11498
Manners Street
Wellington 6142
New Zealand

Tel: + 64 4 4712252

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