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Tonga

Capital
Nuku’alofa
Time Zone
GMT + 13
Telephone Services
Country Code: 676 Outgoing Code: 0
Emergency Telephone Numbers
All emergency services – 911.
Tourist Information
Tonga Visitor’s Bureau, PO Box 37, Vuna Road, Nuku’alofa, Tonga, Tel: 21733 Fax: 22507.
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Required. Regulations may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa Information
Visa are issued on arrival to nationals of all countries.
Health Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from passengers over 1 year of age arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Competent medical and dental facilities are available. Hepatitis A and B occur. Health insurance is recommended.
Food & Drink
Water outside of Nuku’alofa is untreated and not safe to drink. Dairy products are pasteurised.
Currency
Pa’anga (T$) = 100 seniti
Credit cards have limited use. Travellers cheques are accepted at some hotels and tourist shops. Australian dollar cheques are preferred.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of Living
Relatively cheap
Languages
Tongan and English
Weather
Marginally cooler than most tropical areas. The best time is May to November. Heavy rains occur between Dec and Mar.
Electricity
240 Volts Ac 50 Hz.
Post
10 days
Transport
FLIGHTS: Royal Tongan Airlines operate regular flights between the main cities. SEA: Ferries sail between all the island groups. Schedules are subject to change according to demand and the weather. ROAD: A good network of metalled roads exists. Horses are often used. CAR HIRE: May be arranged through a number of agencies. DOCUMENTATION: A local licence is required from the police traffic department on production of a valid international or national driving licence, the fee and a passport. Min driving age = 18.
Special Information
Shorts are not acceptable in towns. Visitors are not expected to tip.