Our Tonga Visa Guide will teach you everything you need to know about Tonga’s visa policy for people from all over the world, including different types of visas, particular requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and more. It is critical to have a scheduled flight ticket in hand before applying for a visa to Tonga.
Visitors to Tonga need to obtain a visa unless they are resident one of the visa-exempt or visa-on-arrival countries. Visa applications must be submitted to Nuku’alofa’s Principal Immigration Officer.
All visitors must have a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months.
Non-Tongan citizens who have received a job offer or wish to work in the Kingdom of Tonga must obtain an employment visa.
Any foreign national planning to study in Tonga should: obtain a Tonga visa (if applicable) to facilitate entry into the country.
Entry to Tonga
Arriving in Tonga entails more than just getting your passport stamped and heading out the door. Quarantine searches, passport control, and other procedures are included in the procedures, including:
- Fill out the Passenger Arrival Card provided to you during your flight.
- Arrive at Fua’amotu Airport (Nuku’alofa Airport) and go through Passport Control, allowing Customs Officers to inspect your passport and Passenger Arrival Card.
You will require the following documents:
You must have the financial resources to support yourself and any dependents during your stay to be eligible to bear all costs.
Strong ties to your home country must exist for you to have good reasons to return there after your visit.
Be of good character - You must be of good character and have no history of criminal activity. For the same, you might need to present a PCC (Police Clearance Certificate
Being in good health means that you must at least satisfy the authorities' minimum standards for health.
There is no deadline or standard processing time, as it largely depends on the embassy or consulate you are applying to, but it typically is at most one month. However, certain events, such as holidays, can lengthen the procedure.
The optimal time to apply for a Tonga visa appointment is one to two months before departure.
Who can visit without a Visa (Visa Free Travel)
If you hold a passport from one of the 33 Visa-Free countries, you will not need to apply for a visa before visiting Tonga. Visitors from another 36 Countries will be granted a free Visa on arrival. This will all depend on what Country you live in.
For detailed information on specific parts of the general visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
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Visitor’s Visa for Tonga
A Visitor’s Visa is the most appropriate type for most people visiting Tonga for a holiday, travel, or to visit friends/family. For passport holders from visa-free countries, a one-month Visitor’s Visa is automatically granted upon arrival in Tonga.
Before arriving in Tonga, passport holders from non-visa-waiver countries must obtain an Entry Permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Immigration Division.
In short, most visitors to Tonga do not need a visa to stay for up to one month. However, people from certain countries who visit Tonga to study, work, or conduct business will need to obtain a visa.
Tonga Employment Visa
Non-Tonga residents who want to work in Tonga and have a job offer from a Tonga-registered company can apply for an Employment Visa. This must be completed at least one month before arriving in Tonga.
Tonga Business Visa
Non-resident foreign investors can obtain business visas to reside in Tonga.
Tonga Student Visa
Those who wish to study in Tonga must have a Student Visa. Student visas are valid for a year. Students must be at least 18 years old.
Tonga Assured Income Visa
If you want to retire and have a regular income/funding from outside the country, you may be eligible for an Assured Income Visa, which grants residency in Tonga.
Tonga Residency Visa
You may be eligible for a Residency Visa if you have Tongan ancestry, are a former Tongan, or are married to a Tongan.
What to do if my visa is refused?
You have the option of challenging this verdict. The embassy of the Member State that opted to deny the visa distributes a standard form to notify the applicant of the decision to deny a Tonga visa and the reasons for the rejection. You should review the appeal process on the Tonga government website.
To enter Tonga, you must have a passport valid for at least six months and an onward or return ticket. Visas are necessary for stays exceeding 31 days.
The visa is free for the duration of one month.
US residents travelling to Tonga as tourists for durations of less than 30 days do not require a visa. However, if you intend to visit to Tonga for business or other non-tourism-related objectives, a visa is necessary.