Travelling to Tonga

Our people are some of the greatest travellers in the world and our culture of generosity and gift giving is well known but, some gifts can threaten our most prized possessions, our land, environment and unique way of life through the spread of pests and diseases that may hide unseen in our gifts, fresh food, fruit, vegetables, meats and flowers can often contain harmful pest and diseases that could damage the environment, people’s health, animals, or crops on our beautiful Islands.  Your relatives and friends will understand that by carefully considering gift you give, you are helping to protect our islands and preserve our future.


Quarantine Requirement

Tonga operates strict quarantine procedures at ports and airports to keep pests and diseases out of the country. Visitors are required to declare in section 11 of the Tonga Passenger Arrival Card, items that have the potential to bring pests or disease into Tonga. If visitors are not sure about any items, ask one of MAF’s Quarantine Officers at the Quarantine Counter in the arrival area. Visitors must declare any of the following items:

Animal & animal products /Plants & plant products/ Other items

  • Meat & meat products – fresh or cooked
  • Dairy products including cheese, milk, milk powder or instant meal products
  • Egg & egg products including egg powder, or instant meal products
  • Honey, pollen, honeycombs, and bees wax
  • Fish fresh, dried & frozen
  • Feathers, bones, tusks, furs, skins, hunting trophies, stuffed animals and reptiles
  • Biological cultures or organisms
  • Coral, turtle shells, tortoise shells and ivory
  • Unprocessed wool and animal hair, including yams, rugs and apparel
  • Sea shells
  • Live animals, pets, birds, fish and insects
  • Fruit & vegetables, fresh, dried, frozen or cooked
  • Nuts unprocessed & raw
  • Herbs & spices
  • Plants live & dried, including plants cuttings
  • Cut flowers, dried flowers & leaves
  • Bulbs, corms, rhizomes, and tubers
  • Seeds
  • Mushrooms & fungi, fresh or dried
  • Pine cones and pot pourri
  • Noodles and rice
  • Bamboo, cane rattan, straw, basketware, and mats in any form
  • Wood carvings and artifacts • Camping gear and boots
  • Soil and water in any form
  • Animal remedies, foods and vaccines
  • Riding equipment, including clothing, footwear & grooming equipment
  • Equipment & clothing used in association with farm animals