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Tonga is a developing nation but is in the upper half of the world's economies. Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, the islands lie east of Fiji. Its climate is tropical.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)No statement given.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: None.
Drug resistance: Not applicable.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
Moderate risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Other Food-Borne Illnesses
Precautions to prevent seafood poisoning may be needed.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
Additional concerns include marine hazards.
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
Consular Travel Advice
Due to Tropical Cyclone Gita, Australia (DFAT) advises reconsidering travel (or avoiding nonessential travel) to this country. U.S. (DOS), U.K. (FCO), and Canada (GAC) have no current warnings.
No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.
Low risk of violent crime (home invasion, sexual assault) and petty crime exists throughout the country, including on public beaches. Theft of valuables from accommodations is common.
Basic safety standards for recreational water activities (including scuba diving, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and kayaking) may not be in place. Rent water sports equipment from reputable operators.
Risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road-traffic death rate is 7 to 12 per 100,000 population. The rate is < 10 in most high-income countries.
Traffic flows on the left-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
The cyclone season is from November through April. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.
Seismic and volcanic activity frequently occurs.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Tonga
- United States: The U.S. does not have an embassy or consulate in Tonga.
- Canada: Canada does not have an embassy or consulate in Tonga.
- United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in Tonga.
- Australia: [+676] 23-244; www.tonga.embassy.gov.au
Tonga's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: tongaconsul.com
- In Canada: Tonga does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
- In the U.K.: [+44] 020-7724-9074
- In Australia: [+61] 02-6232-4806
HIV testing is required to obtain a work or residence visa.