Travel Documents, Forms and Paperwork You Need to Prepare for Tonga
The most stressful part of going on holiday is making sure you haven’t forgotten anything, especially any important paperwork! You don’t want to be “that guy” who gets turned away at the airport or drilled at the border. You just want to hand over your papers and start swimming with whales already! Well, that can certainly be the case if you get everything prepared prior to departure. Luckily, we’ve put together just the guide to help. Scroll through our travel documents checklist and find out just what documents you need to travel to Tonga.
Travel Documents Checklist: What Do I Need to Travel to Tonga?
Check that you have this travel paperwork completed and available before your flight to Tonga (with the exception of the Passenger Arrival Card which will be given to you on the plane):
- Passport valid for no less than six months after intended departure date
- Entry Permit (if you are not from a visa-exempt country)
- Flight ticket/booking information
- Outbound/return travel ticket or booking information
- Accommodation details
- Passenger Arrival Card
- Travel insurance (optional)
- Driver’s license (if hiring a vehicle)
- Medical prescription (if applicable)
- Marine Arrival and Departure Forms (if arriving by sailing boat)
- Scuba diving certification/eCard (if applicable).
While having a paper copy of the above travel documents is recommended for a quick process through Tonga Customs, we also recommend having an easy-to-access digital copy of these forms on your phone – even without internet access!
Passport for Entering Tonga
One of the most essential travel documents you need for Tonga is, of course, your passport.
Passports from visa-exempt countries are accepted for visiting Tonga. Those not from a visa-exempt country must obtain an Entry Permit to be granted a Visitor Visa on arrival. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the date you intend to leave Tonga. In other words, the date that you state on your Passenger Arrival Card.
Do You Need a Visa?
A Visitor Visa is automatically granted upon entry to Tonga to passport holders from visa-exempt countries, as long as they meet the entry requirements. Find out more in our guide, Tonga Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Tonga?
If you are arriving in Tonga with a permit for work, study or business, for example, you will need evidence of these types of visas.
Arrival and Departure Flight Tickets/Booking Information
Another important travel document for Tonga is the paperwork for your flights to and from Tonga.
Ticket/Booking Information for Your Arrival Flight to Tonga
After booking your flight to Tonga, you should have received an email detailing your booking reference, departure time, etc. This is sometimes called an “E-Ticket”. Print this out and save a digital copy so you can provide this to airport staff on check-in for your flight to Tonga.
After check-in at the airport, you will be provided with a Boarding Pass, listing your name, seat number, etc. Don’t lose it!
Ticket/Booking Information for Your Departure Flight From Tonga
In the same email, if you have booked a return flight from Tonga, you should also have your return flight details. If you have booked a separate flight or travel ticket departing from Tonga, you will need to print and/or have a digital copy of this evidence, as it is a mandatory entry requirement in Tonga to have a valid outbound travel ticket.
See Tonga Tourist Visa: Do You Need a Visa to Visit Tonga? to learn more about entry requirements.
Passenger Arrival Card + Accommodation Details
On your flight to Tonga, airline staff will hand out the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card for you to complete and give to Customs on arrival. The travel documents already discussed in the guide, such as your passport and flight boarding pass, will provide you with all the information you need to complete the Passenger Arrival Card. One additional piece of information that you need to provide on the card is the details of your “full contact details/address in Tonga”.
The Passenger Arrival Card requires you to at least know the name of your accommodation if staying at a commercial accommodation. If you’re not staying in commercial accommodation, provide the address of your accommodation, the name of your host and their phone number. Make sure you have this information readily available to complete the Passenger Arrival Card.
For more advice on completing the Passenger Arrival Card, head to What You Need to Know About the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card.
Other Travel Documents You May Need for Tonga
All of the documents detailed above are mandatory for travel to Tonga unless stated otherwise. The following travel documents and paperwork are optional or only apply to specific situations.
Travel insurance ensures financial cover in the event that travel plans need to be changed, theft or loss of personal items, you need medical attention, etc. Travel insurance policies cover (and don’t cover) a range of circumstances where you otherwise might have significant expenses. It is a personal decision to purchase travel insurance, so if you decide to go for it, make sure you have your policy paperwork and certificate.
Driver’s License (and International Driving Permit)
If you want to hire a vehicle in Tonga, then you’re going to need your valid overseas driver’s license. Check out Can You Drive in Tonga With an Overseas License? to see what driver’s licenses are accepted in Tonga.
If you’re bringing prescribed medication to Tonga, be sure that you have evidence that the medication is prescribed to you. Usually, the original packaging for the medication with your name and doctor’s name is sufficient. But if you don’t have this available, a copy of your prescription or a doctor’s letter will suffice.
Arriving in Tonga by Personal Boat/Yacht
Those arriving in Tonga on a personal sailing yacht need to provide additional paperwork for entering and departing Tonga. All of this is detailed in the Sailing Guide to Tonga: Tips for Yachting.
More About Travel Documents and Paperwork for Tonga
That’s it for our complete guide to the documents needed to travel to Tonga. For more essentials to bring, check out the following guides:
- What to Pack for Tonga: Full Tonga Packing List
- 20 Essentials You Need to Pack for Tonga
- Arriving in Tonga: Airport Customs, Biosecurity & the Arrival Process
Finally, make the whole arrival process easy by following our Arriving at Nuku’alofa Airport, Tonga: A Step-by-Step Guide.