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Airport

Airport

International Airports are located on Tongatapu – Fua’amotu International Airport is located 21km south of the capital Nuku’alofa and Vava’u – Lupepau’u International Airport lies 10km north of the capital Neiafu. Chathams Pacific is currently the only domestic airline servicing the Kingdom of Tonga. They commenced operations in the Kingdom of Tonga in April 2008 and now have a fleet of 6 aircraft servicing 6 ports (’Eua, Tongatapu, Ha’apai, Vava’u, Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou). Polynesian Blue Airlines flies to Tonga several times per week from Australia and New Zealand with connections from most cities. There is no public bus service directly to the airport, but shuttles and taxis are available on international flights. Most accommodation in Nuku’alofa provides pick-up services for their guests if you let them know in advance. Teta Tours provides transfers to and from the domestic and international airport.
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Passport/Visa

Passport/Visa

Visitors to Tonga that come from visa exempt countries don't need visas prior to arrival for stays of up to 90 days. Visa-free countries include: Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kirabati, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lusia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, The Bahamas, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vanuatu. All citizens who do not come from one of the aforementioned countries require a visa prior to arrival. All travelers must hold a valid passport. Check out whether you need a visa or not at: www.visahq.com/tonga/requirements
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Culture & Customs of Tonga

Culture & Customs of Tonga

It may seem like, at its core, life in Tonga hasn't changed much over a long period of time, except for the introduction of cars and WI-FI (limited connectivity). Here's some travel advice for Tonga: Hierarchies are strong in Tonga, and men are more powerful than women in the public scene, but within the family sisters are ranked higher than brothers. The older sister makes all the decisions and the younger siblings can't rebut. Tonga is a very Christian country, meaning that Sunday is devoted to family and church - Sunday Law prohibits all types of activities, from playing to working to even doing the washing. Avoiding being topless (even for men) or wearing black clothes (it means you're mourning) is recommended. The ubiquitous pigs of Tonga are an attraction in themselves: they roam the island freely and in large amounts, so you're essentially guaranteed to run into at least a few dozen.
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Rental Cars

Rental Cars

Visitors are required to obtain a temporary driver's license to rent a car. The test is usually to produce your home license, your passport and a fee. People drive very slowly in Tonga, observing all the rules of 40 km/hr in towns and villages and outside these areas 65 km/hr. Some rental car companies: - Star Rental Car Tonga Taufa'ahau Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tonga +676 774 6630 24/7 -Me Rental Tonga Umusi Rd, Nuku'alofa, Tonga +676 25 736 24/7 -Avis Fua'amotu, Tonga +676 21 179
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Bus

Bus

The buses in Tonga are an inexpensive way of getting around. There is no scheduled timetable, however, buses usually start early in the morning around 8:00 and run until 17:00 and no buses operate on Sundays. It is advisable if you have travelled out of Nuku’alofa for the day that you are on a bus for return into town by 15:00. There are two central bus stations located along Vuna Road in Nuku’alofa. Opposite the Tonga Visitors Bureau office, is the Central Bus Station that takes you to the Hospital and around the town area. To travel to the far eastern and western districts, catch a bus from the station opposite the Ministry of Education building.
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Pharmacy

Pharmacy

Rely on Neeru's Pharmacy staff for a quick service or for more serious health problems visit Village Mission Clinic and Pharmacy, which offers wider services like doctors appointments, prescriptions and non-prescription medicines, health advice, home services (a fee is required) and more. Neeru's Pharmacy Nukuʻalofa, Tonga +676 26 200 Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm, Saturday: 9am – 3pm Village Mission Clinic and Pharmacy (Unit 4 and 5 Patco Business Centre), Taufa’ahau Road, Nuku’alofa, Tonga +676 27522 Monday – Friday: 8:3am – 5pm, Saturday. 10am – 1:30pm http://villagemissionclinic.org
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