SAFETY TIPS

SAFETY AND SECURITY

CRIME

Petty crime, including theft and house break-ins, occurs. Always lock doors and secure your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents. Be particularly cautious after dark.

WOMEN’S SAFETY

Sexual assaults occur and foreigners have been targeted in the past. Women should avoid walking or jogging alone at night or in the early morning.

Safe-travel guide for women

DEMONSTRATIONS

Demonstrations are rare but may occur. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

ROAD SAFETY

Driving can be hazardous due to poor road conditions and lack of adequate lighting for night-time driving. Streets in Nuku’alofa and main roads on Tongatapu are paved, but most other roads are not.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL

Tour operators may not adhere to international standards. Regardless of the type of activity, ensure that you are using a reputable and well-established company.

Make sure your travel insurer covers your planned activity.

WATER ACTIVITIES

Rescue services may not be consistent with international standards.

SWIMMING

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities.

Learn more about water safety.

MARITIME TRANSPORTATION

Ferry accidents can occur due to the overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels. Don’t board vessels that appear overloaded or unseaworthy.

AIR TRAVEL

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

General information about foreign domestic airlines

GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION

Basic tourist facilities and services are available in Nuku’alofa but limited elsewhere.