Tonga out of passports until October

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The Tongan government has run out of passports. Photo/Kaniva Tonga News

The Tongan government has run out of passports.

A spokesperson from Tonga’s Department of Foreign Affairs said the shortage was due to high local demand and from Tongans living overseas.

“This is a regrettable shortfall, but we are doing everything we can to minimise the inconvenience faced by the public,” the spokesperson said.

The next stock should arrive about mid-October.

Temporary passports are still available for TP$57.

The government was doing its best to help Tongan citizens travel.

The spokesperson said Foreign Affairs was working with  neighbouring countries, including Australia and New Zealand  on ensuring no fraud is committed during the passport shortage.

Tonga’s temporary travel document was handwritten, not machine-readable.

If members of the public had concerns with travelling or lodging visas or permanent residency applications because of the requirement for a certificate of identity, the department would talk with them.

“My advice is for individuals travelling with certificates of identity between Tonga and other countries to also bring along other identification papers, driver’s licence, green card or their expired passport,” the spokesperson  said.

The main points

  • The Tongan government has run out of passports.
  • The next stock should arrive about mid-October.
  • Temporary passports are still available for TP$57.

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  1. ‘Oku lolotonga ‘osi e paasipooti ‘a Tongá.

    Pehē ʻe ha matāpule mei he Potungāue ki Muli ʻa Tonga ne makatuʻunga ʻeni ʻi he lahi e fiemaʻu fakalotofonuá mo e kakai Tonga nofo ʻi mulí.

    ʻOku fakamamahi ʻa e tōnounoú ni ka ʻoku mau fai ʻa e meʻa kotoa ke fakasiʻisiʻi ha faingataʻa ʻe fehangahangai mo e kakaí, ko e lau ia ʻa e matāpulé ni.

    ʻE toki maʻu e ʻū paasipōtí fakafuofua ki he konga loto ʻo ʻOkatopá.
    ʻOku ngāueʻaki pe ha ngaahi paasipooti fakataimi he taimí ni ʻi he mahuʻinga ko e paʻanga ʻe TP$57.

    ʻOku fai e lelei taha ʻo e puleʻangá ke tokoniʻi e folau ʻa e kakai Tongá.

    Ne pehē ʻe he matāpulé ni ʻoku fengāueʻaki ʻa e Potungaue ki Mulí mo e ngaahi fonua kaungāʻapí kau ai ʻa ʻAositelēlia mo Nuʻu Sila ʻi hono fakapapauʻi ʻe ʻikai hano kākaaʻi ʻo e paasipooti fakataimí lolotonga e nounoú.

    Ko e paasipooti fakataimi ko ʻení ʻoku tohinimaʻi pe fakamatala ʻoku ʻoatu aí pea ʻoku ʻikai lava ia ʻe he komipiutá ke ne lau.

    Kapau ʻoku ʻi ai ha niʻihi ʻoku nau tokanga ki heʻenau folaú pe fakahū haʻanau kole visa pe kole ki ha nofo fonua koeʻuhi ko e fie maʻu ki ha setifikeiti ke fakamahino ko hai koe, ʻe ʻatā pe potungāué ke mou talanoa.

    ʻOku faleʻi atu heni ki a kinautolu taautaha ʻoku folau mo e ngaahi setifikeiti ke fakamahino ai ko hai kinautolú ʻi he vahaʻa ʻo Tonga mo e ʻū fonua kehé ke mou toe toʻotoʻo pe foki mo ha ngaahi ʻAitī (ID) kehe hangē ko e laiseni fakaʻuli, Green Card pe ko haʻamou paasipooti kuo ʻosi hono taimí ʻona.