Summary

Cyclone season is normally between November and April but cyclones can occur throughout the year. Severe weather may result in flooding, landslides, and disruption to essential services and infrastructure. See Natural Disasters

Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused widespread damage. The Tongan authorities have declared a state of emergency. Essential services such as power and water have been disrupted. Monitor local media, including local radio broadcasts, for updates and follow the instructions of local authorities. We strongly advise that extra care is taken around damaged buildings and fallen power lines. There is no permanent UK diplomatic presence in Tonga. Therefore for emergency consular assistance, please contact the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa on +676 23122 or afterhours +676 8817022. For routine consular assistance, please contact the British High Commission in Fiji on +679 322 9100.

There is no British diplomatic representation in Tonga. The British High Commission in Suva can provide routine consular assistance. In an emergency you can also contact the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku’alofa.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Tonga, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Most visits to Tonga are trouble free. The crime rate is relatively low. However, petty crime and theft do take place. You should remain vigilant, especially at night. See Crime.

UK health authorities have classified Tonga as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Medical evacuation from Tonga is required for most non-basic medical problems. You should make sure that your policy covers you for medical evacuation by air ambulance.