Information & Facts
Local customs in Tonga tend to be conservative, and the
population is predominantly Christian. Toplessness is illegal for
both men and women, and it is advised to keep your knees covered at
all times. When greeting a stranger, a handshake is appropriate,
however family members will press their noses together and exhale
loudly. It is acceptable to eat with your hands, and it is
customary to wash your hands before and after the meal. Sundays are
reserved mainly for religious worship and most restaurants and
shops will be closed. While Tonga culture is conservative, its
people are warm and hospitable. If staying with or visiting a local
family, it is customary to bring a gift.
Visitors to Tonga over the age of 18 years may freely import a
camera and personal belongings; 500 cigarettes or 500g of cigars or
250g of loose tobacco; and 2.25 litres of spirits or 4.5 litres of
wine or beer for those over 21 years. Restrictions apply to fresh
foodstuffs such as meat and dairy products.
Visitors must hold documents and tickets for their return/onward
journey and sufficient funds to cover their stay. It is highly
recommended that passports have at least six months validity
remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel
destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to
those stated by travel agents and official sources.