COVID-19 travel restrictions: Tonga

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This article was published on July 15, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Tonga?

As of April 2022, the borders of Tonga are closed for foreign tourists due to the risk of COVID-19. You only can enter the country if authorization for your entry is granted by the relevant Tongan government authorities.

A traveler wearing a medical face mask at airport— ShutterstockCurrently, Tonga accepts travelers arriving for essential purposes only — Shutterstock

Can I enter Tonga if I am vaccinated?

Presently, vaccinated travelers can enter Tonga.

There are five vaccine drugs approved in Tonga (as of April 2022):

  • Pfizer / BioNTech
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Covishield

Travel documents if you are fully vaccinated

  • A vaccination certificate only in a paper format 

Please note that digital proofs of vaccination are not accepted.

Can I enter Tonga if I am unvaccinated?

Unvaccinated travelers are prohibited to enter Tonga.

Who cannot enter Tonga?

At present, Tonga has a strict ban on entry from all overseas countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Can I leave Tonga?

You can leave Tonga.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

Vaccinated travelers must have a document confirming vaccination. Please learn the requirements of a particular country in advance.

Travel documents if you are unvaccinated

Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents: 

  • Documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (it has to state that the visitor has been infected no later than six months before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in Tonga currently

As of April 2022, the COVID-19 situation is moderate. More than 70 percent of the total population has been fully vaccinated.

The wooden Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Tonga in the capital of Nukualofa, Tonga — ShutterstockThe Royal Palace of the Kingdom of Tonga — Shutterstock


Is it safe to travel to Tonga right now?

Yes, it is safe to travel to Tonga currently. There are standard COVID-19 regulations in place, like:

  • Wearing masks indoors
  • Keeping social distance
  • Most venues work at full capacity, but with a curfew from 22:00 to 5:00

Is Nucualofa open for travel?

International travel to Nucualofa is not possible now. 

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Tonga?

As of April 2022, there are no obligations for self-isolation in Tonga, regardless of your vaccination status.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Tonga?

Since international travel to Tonga is suspended now, there is no health pass now.

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