Tropical Cyclone Rene, a category 4 cyclone, hit Tonga in February 2010.
Tropical cyclones are common in Tonga from the beginning of November until the end of April. On 5 April 2009 Tropical Cyclone Lin passed over Tonga, causing widespread flooding and damage to power lines and buildings.
Since politically motivated rioting took place in Nuku'alofa in November 2006 emergency regulations have prevented public meetings within prescribed areas of Nuku'alofa. The potential for violence remains. You should avoid large crowds, political gatherings and demonstrations. See the Political Situation of this Travel Advice.
There is no British consular representation in Tonga. Routine consular matters are covered by the British High Commission in Suva, but in an emergency the New Zealand High Commission in Nuku'alofa can be contacted.
There is a low threat from terrorism in Tonga. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 020 7008 1500.
US Department of State