The Passenger Arrival Card for Tonga©
The Passenger Arrival Card for Tonga

Tonga Passenger Arrival Card: What You Need to Know


What Does the Tonga Arrival Card Look Like?

During your flight or cruise to Tonga, part of the onboard entertainment includes filling out the Passenger Arrival Card for Tonga. Also known as the Passenger Declaration Card, the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card is a form displayed on a narrow double-sided card. A card must be completed for each individual passenger, including children, and handed over to Customs officers once you arrive in Tonga. In this guide, we show you what the Passenger Arrival Card looks like, as well as give a few tips for completing it.

For more advice on arriving in Tonga, see Arriving in Tonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & Arrival Process.

The Tonga Passenger Arrival Card – Front of Form

The front of the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card looks like this and asks questions about your personal details. For completing this side of the form, make sure you have your travel ticket (flight ticket/boarding pass) and passport available, as you will need to use information from these documents. It will also be handy to at least know the name or address of the accommodation you are staying at if you are not a Tongan citizen.

Only Tonga citizens and residents need to complete the second section. If you are just visiting Tonga for travel or a holiday, then leave the second section blank and complete the third section. This section asks for your expected departure date from Tonga, as well as a simple multiple-choice question to show the main reason for your visit to Tonga. It will also ask for your contact details/address in Tonga. You can just state the name of the accommodation/resort you are staying in, for example.

Tonga Passenger Arrival Card Front(c) Tonga Customs

The Tonga Passenger Arrival Card – Back of Form

The back of the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card is your declaration of any goods that might be subject to duty that you may have packed or have in your possession. It also has multiple-choice questions about any biosecurity/quarantine “risk items” you may have packed or have in your possession, as well as questions about your health. Then you must sign and date the bottom section of the form.

This side of the form asks simple Yes/No questions. Read each question carefully and tick “Yes” if you are unsure or don’t understand the question, as this just prompts the Customs Officer at the border to ask you more questions. You will not get into trouble for ticking “Yes” for any of the questions.

For more information on Customs, Health and Biosecurity, check out our complete guide, Arriving in Tonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & Arrival Process and What to Declare When Arriving in Tonga.

Tonga Passenger Arrival Card Back(c) Tonga Customs

7 Tips for Completing the Tonga Arrival Card

  1. Arrival cards must be completed for each passenger arriving in Tonga, including children and infants
  2. Pack a black- or blue-ink pen in your carry-on luggage to complete the Passenger Arrival Card during your flight. Pens are not provided on flights, and waiting to use pens at the airport can slow down your arrival process
  3. Passenger Arrival Cards are also available at airports and at port when you arrive, just in case you miss getting a card during the flight/cruise
  4. If you don’t have an occupation or job to fill in the field, simply put “unemployed”
  5. For most people going to Tonga to travel or for a holiday, ticking “3. Holiday” in Section 3 on the front of the Arrival Card is usually the most appropriate answer. Otherwise, your type of visa is an indication of what reason you are visiting, e.g. employment visa, business visa, etc. Find out more in What Visas Are Available to Travel to Tonga
  6. For your “Full contact details/address in Tonga”, writing the name of your resort or accommodation is fine
  7. For the Customs, Quarantine and Health sections, answer “yes” if you are unsure of the answer. False declarations can incur penalties. Get more advice in Arriving in Tonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & Arrival Process.
The Passenger Arrival Card for Tonga©

More About the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card and Arrivals

That’s it for our guide to the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card. Now check out more advice concerning the arrival formalities when visiting Tonga:

Finally, check out more essential travel tips in our 31 Tips for Travelling in Tonga, as well as The Complete Travel Guide to Tonga.


Robin (Lopini) C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Ministry of Tourism of Tonga. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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