Do You Need Visa to Visit Tonga?

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Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Tonga

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Tonga

Depending on your nationality, purpose, and the activities that you intend to undertake, you can apply for different types of Tonga Visas:

  1. Visa on Arrival
  2. Visitor visa
  3. Student visa
  4. Employment visa
  5. Business visa
  6. Assured Income visa
  7. Residency visa (Temporary)
Tonga Visa on Arrival

Tonga Visa on Arrival

Passport holders of the below-mentioned countries can obtain Tonga Visitor Visa on Arrival:

 

Australia

Czech Republic

Israel

Netherlands

Samoa

Tahiti (French Passport Holders)

Austria

Denmark

Italy

New Caledonia (French Passports)

Seychelles

Tokelau (Holder of NZ Passports)

Bahamas

Dominica

Japan

New Zealand

Singapore

Turkey

Barbados

Estonia

Kiribati

Niue (Holders of NZ Passports)

Slovakia

Tuvalu

Belgium

Federated States of Micronesia

Latvia

Norway

Slovenia

Ukraine

Brazil

Fiji

Lithuania

Palau

Solomon Islands

United Kingdom

Brunei Darussalam

Finland

Luxembourg

Papua New Guinea

Spain

United States of America

Bulgaria

France

Malaysia

Poland

St Kitts & Nevis

Vanuatu

Canada

Germany

Malta

Portugal

St Lucia

Wallis & Futuna (French Passport Holders)

China SARs only (Hong Kong and Macao)   

Greece

Marshall Islands

Republic of Korea

St Vincent & The Grenadines

 

Cook lslands

Hungary

Monaco

Romania

Sweden

 

Cyprus

Ireland

Nauru

Russia Federation

Switzerland

 

 

Required Documents for Tonga Visa on Arrival

 

1. Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Passport

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

3. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

4. Return Ticket

5. Proof of Sufficient Funds

  • For the duration of visitor’s stay in Tonga

*Additional documents may be required.

 

Tonga Visa on Arrival Fee

Tonga Visa on Arrival fee for up to one month is free of charge.

Note: If the visitor has overstayed his/her visa, the penalty fee of 1150 Tongan Paʻanga (504 USD) will be paid.

 

Where to Apply for Tonga Visa on Arrival?

You will apply for a Tonga Visa on Arrival at Fua'amotu International Airport.

Tonga Visitor Visa

Tonga Visitor Visa

You can realize your planned trip to Tonga by obtaining a Tonga Visitor visa. The reasons that you apply for a Visitor visa can be tourism or sightseeing, visiting family and friends, attending conferences, workshops, or involving governmental projects. The validity of the Tonga Visitor visa is 30 days.

Applicants who intend to set up a business in Tonga may enter the country with a Visitor visa with a letter and advise stating the business's purpose to Immigration Department. Failure to satisfy this requirement will result in a penalty fee of 1,180 Tongan Paʻanga (518 USD).

 

Required Documents for Tonga Visitor Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Two Photos

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Return/Onward Ticket

  • Return ticket to country of origin
  • Onward ticket to the next destination (If any)

7. Sufficient Funds for Your Stay in Tonga

  • Or Sponsorship Letter stating:
    • Who bears expenses of a return ticket, accommodation, meals, and other

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Tonga Visitor Visa

The average processing time for a Tonga Visitor visa is 5-14 working days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Tonga Visitor Visa Fee

Tonga Visitor visa fee is 65-80 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Tonga Visitor Visa?

You will apply for a Tonga Visitor visa in Tonga visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Tonga Student Visa

Tonga Student Visa

The foreigners can apply for a Tonga Student visa if they intend to study at the Primary, Secondary or Tertiary level and have an Acceptance Letter from Educational Institution in Tonga.

The validity of the Tonga Student visa is 1 year and renewable.

 

Required Documents for Tonga Student Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Photo

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Acceptance/Admission Letter

  • From Educational Institution in Tonga

7. Proof of Paid Fees for the Education Institution

8. Proof of Financial Means

       In case of Sponsor:

  • Proof of Financial Support from sponsor including:
    • Maintenance
    • Medical
    • Accommodation support

       In case of Self-funding:

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds
    • That the applicant is capable to take care of himself/herself

9. Signed Declaration Form

  • From Principal of the previous school which obligates the School to inform Immigration Division of the following matters of import:
    • Grade report
    • Attendance Record
    • Any conduct unbecoming of the student applicant

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Tonga Student Visa

The average processing time for a Tonga Student visa usually takes a month. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Tonga Student Visa Fee

Tonga Student visa fee is 57.50 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Tonga Student Visa?

You will apply for a Tonga Student visa in Tonga visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Tonga Employment Visa

Tonga Employment Visa

The person or a group can apply for a Tonga Employment visa if they intend to work in Tonga, either in the Public Service or Private Sector, for any length of time.

Who can apply for a Tonga Employment visa?

  • A non-Tongan citizen who wants to work in Tonga either in the Public Service or Private Sector
  • A group or individual intending to undertake voluntary or charitable activities in Tonga.
  • However, special requirements for immigration applications to those international organizations which frequently bring volunteers to Tonga and where the Tongan Government has an official agreement, approved by Cabinet, with that organization.

Applicants who want to obtain employment in Tonga can visit the country with a Visitor visa but must advise the Tonga Immigration Department of their intention in advance and in writing. Otherwise, a fee of 1150 Tongan Paʻanga (504 USD) is to be paid.

 

Required Documents for Tonga Employment Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Two Photos

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Signed Declaration

7. Medical Report

  • Must be less than 6 months old
  • Issued by a licensed doctor

8. Police Record Certificate

  • Issued from country of residence
  • For the persons who are 16 years old or above
  • Must be less than 3 months old
  • Immigration Department has a right to request a Police Record Certificate from the country of residence in the past 5 years.

9. Character References (2)

  • From 2 individuals who know the applicant for a significant period of time
  • Including contact details

10. Support Letter

  • From Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries

Note: Immigration has a right not to support Employment visa application without a Support Letter from the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries

11. For Renewed Applications:

  • Support Letter from the Inland Revenue Department on the history of tax payment(s)

 

*If You Intend to Work in Tonga for up to 2 years or more:

 

12. Employment Offer

  • From a company/Organization/Institution in Tonga

13. Employment Contract including:

  • Job specification of the non-citizen applicant
  • Repatriation clause for conclusion/termination of the contract by either party, which places the burden of repatriation on the employer.

14. Proof of Professional Skills of Applicant

  • CV, University Degrees, Certificates, etc.

15. Proof to Support Professional Skills

  • Formal academic qualifications or Reference Letters from former employers on letterhead
  • Support Letter from Secretary for Labour, Commerce & Industries on whether the applicant’s professional skill is required in Tonga (labor check)

16. Relevant Licenses or Registration

  • Relating to the specific profession
    • For example, Registration on the Board of Health for persons requiring to practice medicine in Tonga, etc.

17. Employer’s Business License and Company Registration (If required by Immigration Department)

  • Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries may also require inspection of the business/company/organization and any information relating to the number of Tongans currently employed by the said company

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Tonga Employment Visa

The average processing time for a Tonga Employment visa usually takes a month. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Tonga Employment Visa Fee

Tonga Employment visa fee is 75-230 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

Note: 1150 Tongan Pa’anga (504 USD) is applied to those who have overstayed their visas or wish to change their visa status from a Visitor to Employment Visa.

 

Where to Apply for Tonga Employment Visa?

You will apply for a Tonga Employment visa in Tonga visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Tonga Business Visa

Tonga Business Visa

Tonga Business visa is required if the person or a company wants to run or set up a business in Tonga.

 

Required Documents for Tonga Business Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Two Photos

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Medical Report

  • Must be less than 6 months old
  • Issued by a licensed doctor

7. Police Clearance

  • Must be less than 3 months old
  • Issued in the country of residence
  • Immigration Department has a right to request Police Record from the country of residence in the past 5 years.

8. Character References (2)

  • From 2 individuals who know the applicant for a significant period of time
  • Including contact details

9. Support Letter

  • From Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries

10. If Renewing the Application:

  • Support Letter from the Inland Revenue Department on the history of tax payment(s)

 

*If You are going to be Employed in Tonga for up to 2 years or more:

 

11. Business Plan

12. Support Letter

  • From Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Commerce & Industries, Nuku’alofa

13. Proof of Financial Investment

  • Bank statements, Reference letters from bankers/creditors

14. Relevant Licenses or Registration

  • Relating to the specific business
    • For example, Registration on the Board of Health for persons requiring to practice medicine in Tonga, etc.

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Tonga Business Visa

The average processing time for a Tonga Business visa usually takes a month. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Tonga Business Visa Fee

Tonga Business visa fee is 100-345 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

Note: 1150 Tongan Pa’anga (504 USD) is applied to those who have overstayed their visas or wish to change their visa status from a Visitor to Business Visa.

 

Where to Apply for Tonga Business Visa?

You will apply for a Tonga Business visa in Tonga visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Tonga Assured Income Visa

Tonga Assured Income Visa

Persons who plan to retire in Tonga and have a regular income from a pension, property, fund from an overseas source can apply for a Tonga Assured Income visa.

Tonga Assured Income visa is valid for 2 years and renewable. If the person has overstayed his/her visa, a penalty fee of 1500 Tongan Pa’anga (658 USD) will be paid.

 

Required Documents for Tonga Assured Income Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Two Photos

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Medical Report

  • Must be less than 6 months old
  • Issued by a licensed doctor

7. Police Clearance

  • Must be less than 3 months old
  • Issued in the country of residence
  • Immigration Department has a right to request Police Record from the country of residence in the past 5 years.

8. Character References (2)

  • From 2 individuals who know the applicant for a significant period of time
  • Including contact details

9. Proof of Income

  • At least 10.000 Tongan Pa’anga (4.383 USD) per annum with supporting documents

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Tonga Assured Income Visa

The average processing time for a Tonga Assured Income visa usually takes a month. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Tonga Assured Income Visa Fee

Tonga Assured Income visa fee is 345 USD. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Tonga Assured Income Visa?

You will apply for a Tonga Assured Income visa in Tonga visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Tonga Residency Visa

Tonga Residency Visa

Any person can apply for a Tonga Residency visa if he/she wants to live in Tonga without applying for an entry visa.

 

Required Documents for Tonga Residency Visa

 

1.  Application Form

  • Duly completed and signed

2. Two Photos

  • The photo should be of passport format, a recent whole-face capture with a light background.
  • It must be in the size of 3.5 x 4.5 colored, and the head should take 70-80% of the photo.
  • You must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral facial expression (no smile and mouth closed).
  • Try to avoid uniforms or colors matching the background.

3. Passport and Copy of the Main Page

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
  • It also must have at least two blank pages.

4. Copy of ID Card

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy

  • If your country of residence and citizenship are different

6. Proof of Tongan Ancestry, Former Tongan or Married to a Tongan

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Spouse’s Tongan Passport
    • However, if the applicant is under 18 years old-then a certified copy of the birth certificate and proof of parent’s Tongan ancestry

7. Proof of Financial Means

       In case of Sponsor:

  • Proof of Financial Support from sponsor including:
    • Maintenance
    • Medical
    • Accommodation support

       In case of Self-funding:

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds
    • That shows the applicant is capable to take care of himself/herself.

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Tonga Residency Visa

The average processing time for a Tonga Residency visa usually takes a month. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Tonga Residency Visa Fee

Tonga Residency visa for the applicant who is:

  • Below 18 years old – 54 USD
  • Above 18 years old – 115 USD

 The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Tonga Residency Visa?

You will apply for a Tonga Residency visa in Tonga visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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What is the required validity of the passport to travel to Tonga?

The required validity of the passport is at least 6 months except:

  • Holders of ordinary Tongan Passport
  • Diplomatic or Official Tonga or Tonga National Passports which must be valid for the date of arrival in Tonga.
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Can I change the status of my Visitor visa?

Yes, you can change your status of Tonga Visa from Visitor to any other visa that you intend to have. For this, you must pay an additional fee.

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I am a US citizen and I want to travel to Tonga for less than a month. Do I need a visa?

No, US Citizens can apply for Visa on Arrival (free of charge) at the port of Entry.

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Can I work or study in Tonga with my Visitor visa?

No, you cannot. Holders of Tonga Visitor visa can travel to Tonga for tourism and sightseeing, visiting family and friends, attending conferences, workshops, or involving governmental projects.

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What is the cost of a Visa on Arrival?

Tonga Visa on Arrival for a period of one month is free of charge.

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Can I extend the validity of my Tonga visa?

Yes, you can. For detailed information, you can contact with Immigration Department via phone +676 26970 or faxing +676 26971 or mail to [email protected]

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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter Tonga. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Tonga?

You must meet certain requirements to enter Tonga, even if you are not required a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to Tonga must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay in Tonga.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.
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I am a national of visa-free countries to Tonga. What do I need while traveling to Tonga?

You must hold sufficient funds for your stay in Tonga and return ticket to your home country.

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Can I extend the validity of my Visa on Arrival?

Tonga Visa on Arrival can be extended up to 6 months.

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