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Yes, a visa is required for your trip to Tonga.

Citizens of United States of America must obtain a visa in advance. You have to apply for visa through a Tonga diplomatic mission or one of its authorized visa agents outside Tonga. You will need to visit the Embassy in your country to process this visa. Need help in getting prepare the required documentation contact us.


Tonga is a beautiful island country located in the South Pacific Ocean, known for its stunning beaches, friendly people, and rich culture. The Tonga eVisa launch allows travelers to apply online for a visa, eliminating the need to visit a consulate or embassy.

If you are planning a trip to Tonga, you will need to obtain a visa, unless you are from one of the visa-exempt countries. In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about getting a visa for Tonga, including the types of visas available, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

What Type of Visa Should I Apply for to Visit Tonga?

There are various types of Tonga visas that you can apply for depending on your nationality, purpose, and the activities you intend to undertake. These visa types include:

  • Visa on Arrival: This type of visa is issued to visitors who are arriving in Tonga for a short stay of up to 31 days. It is available to citizens of certain countries who are traveling for tourism or business purposes.

  • Visitor Visa: This type of visa is for those who are planning to visit Tonga for more than 31 days. It is suitable for tourists, family visitors, and those visiting for business purposes.

  • Student Visa: This visa is for those who are planning to study in Tonga. It is available to international students who have been accepted to study at a Tongan educational institution.

  • Employment Visa: This visa is for those who have secured a job in Tonga and are planning to work in the country. The employer in Tonga is usually responsible for arranging this visa.

  • Business Visa: This visa is for those who are planning to engage in business activities in Tonga, such as attending conferences or meetings, negotiating contracts, or exploring business opportunities.

  • Assured Income Visa: This visa is for those who are retired and have a guaranteed income source, such as a pension. It allows the holder to live in Tonga for an extended period.

  • Residency Visa (Temporary): This type of visa is for those who are planning to live in Tonga for a longer period of time. It is usually valid for up to 12 months and can be renewed if necessary.

It is important to choose the right type of visa for your visit to Tonga and to ensure that you meet all the requirements for your chosen visa type.

How to Apply for a Tonga Visa?

Here are the steps to apply for a Tonga visa:

  • Visit the official website of the Tonga Immigration Department.
  • Click on the e-Visa application link and select your desired visa type.
  • Fill in the online application form with accurate personal and travel details.
  • Upload the required documents, such as a passport scan and a recent passport photo.
  • Pay the visa fee through the available online payment options.
  • Review and submit the application form.
  • Receive the visa approval letter via email within the processing time.
  • Print out the approval letter and present it upon arrival at the Tonga port of entry.
  • Undergo the necessary health screening and immigration procedures at the port of entry.
  • Obtain the visa endorsement stamp on your passport and enjoy your stay in Tonga.

Note that the specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on the visa type and your country of origin. 

Am I Eligible for Visa-Free Entry to Tonga, or Do I Need a Regular Visa?

The Tonga eVisa is currently not available, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021. However, this may change in the future, and you should check the eVisa website for updates and information on visa application requirements and procedures.You need to apply for a regular visa through a Tonga embassy or consulate. The requirements and procedures may vary depending on the purpose of travel, the duration of stay, and other factors.

Tonga Visa Policy Map


Eligible Countries/Nationalities for e-visa/visa on arrival

Countries/Nationalities Required Regular/Paper Visa for travelling to

Visa Exempt Countries/Nationalities for travelling to
Tongan visa policy map.

Regular visasAll Countries / Nationalities that required regular visa for Tonga

If you are not a citizen of one of the visa-exempt countries, you will need to obtain a visitor visa to enter Tonga. Additionally, if you plan to stay in Tonga for more than 31 days, you will also need to obtain a visitor visa, regardless of your nationality.

Tonga E-Visa vs Sticker-Visa: What's the Difference?

Here are the main differences between the Tonga e-Visa and sticker visa:

Tonga e-Visa:

  • Applied and processed online
  • No need to visit an embassy or consulate in person
  • Requires uploading of scanned documents and photo
  • Visa approval letter is sent via email
  • Printout of visa approval letter is presented upon arrival
  • Visa endorsement stamp is obtained at the port of entry

Sticker Visa:

  • Applied and processed through an embassy or consulate
  • Requires submitting physical documents and passport
  • Visa sticker is affixed to the passport
  • Visa is presented upon arrival at the port of entry
  • Visa endorsement stamp is obtained at the port of entry

Overall, the Tonga e-Visa provides a more convenient and streamlined application process, while the sticker visa involves more paperwork and requires physical presence at an embassy or consulate. However, both types of visas serve the same purpose of allowing entry into Tonga for a specified period and under certain conditions.

Working in Tonga: Visa Requirements and Permits

If you plan to work in Tonga, you will need to obtain a work permit in addition to a visitor visa. The work permit is issued by the Tongan Department of Labour and Immigration, and you will need to provide documentation such as a job offer letter and proof of qualifications. The application process for a work permit can take up to 6-8 weeks, so it's important to plan ahead.

FAQs about Tongan eVisa

The processing time for a Tonga visa application is typically around 2-3 weeks.

Yes, a transit visa is required for those who are passing through Tonga on their way to another destination and plan to stay for less than 24 hours.

No, you cannot obtain a Tonga visa upon arrival. You must obtain a visa in advance from the nearest Tongan consulate in your country or region.

No, you cannot work in Tonga with a visitor visa. You will need to obtain a work permit in addition to a visitor visa to work in Tonga.

The processing time for a work permit application in Tonga can take up to 6-8 weeks. It's important to plan ahead if you are planning to work in Tonga.

 For long-stay, employment, or other visa inquiries, please reach out to the following embassies