Visitor Facts for visiting in Ha'apai Islands, Tonga
A visa is not required for most bona-fide visitors to enter Tonga for stays of one month or less, providing that the visitor holds a valid passport and an onward air or sea ticket (a one way yacht letter will have to be submitted by the master of the yacht prior to arrival), and the immigration authorities are satisfied that the visitor has adequate funds for the visit. Relevant health certificates may also be required.
Tourist permits specifically prohibit working in Tonga. Many foreigners have set up small businesses considered beneficial for Tonga, such as tourist resorts, though before you snap up that slice of paradise on the Internet, it pays to get sound local advice.
Officially, you must get a work permit from the immigration office. This requires a specific offer of employment, filing an application with the immigration office and a lengthy wait for processing. Police report form your home country, evidence of skills and qualifications, references.
You do not need a visa prior to arrival if you are a citizen from one of the following countries: Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kirabati, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lusia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu.
Citizens of all other countries need visas to enter Tonga (prior to arrival).
To extend your length of stay, contact the Immigration Department office in Neiafu situated at Tonga Development Bank building 1st floor.
Phone (676) 71142 or (676) 71149
4 Types of Visa's exist
- Tourist Visa
- Assured Income Visa
- Business Visa
- Employment Visa