Destination Information for Tonga
Most visits to Tonga are safe and trouble-free. The crime rate is low, but theft and petty incidents do occur, particular in the busier tourist areas. Medical facilities on the islands are basic, and for any complex condition or injury evacuation may be necessary. Ensure that you have good travel insurance in place to cover this. While in Tonga, take extra steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitos, as Dengue Fever and Zika Virus are both present, and cannot be vaccinated against. If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy it is advisable to reconsider travel to the island. Travel vaccines are recommended before travel so visit a travel clinic for the necessary treatment and advice.
Tonga is located in an area of seismic activity, and so earthquakes and volcanic activity is a possibility here. If you’re planning a trip, check local advice on what you should do if there is a seismic event which you are there. As a tropical destination, Tonga is subject to a cyclone season, which is typically from November to April, although cyclones can also occur unexpectedly outside of these times. Be aware of the disruption and difficulties that can be caused by a cyclone, including landslides and flash flooding.
The Vava’u island group is popular for sailing and water-sports, and is known for the clear waters surrounding the group of over 50 islands. If you’d prefer to explore on foot, ‘Eua is the highest island, with dramatic cliffs and Tonga’s largest tropical rainforest, ideal for trekking.
Tonga is an extremely beautiful place, and has an interesting history and culture as one of the last absolute monarchies in the world. Tourists are welcomed and there are many facilities suited to travellers of all budgets.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Tonga.
There is no British embassy in Tonga. Please contact the FCO for advice.