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Are you planning a trip to Tonga? 

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Prepare for your Tongan getaway! Purchase your Tongan pa’anga from Manor FX today. We offer excellent Tonga currency exchange rates, so you’ll have more Tonga currency to enjoy your trip.

You can receive your Tongan pa’angas safely at your home or workplace. You can also pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.

At Manor FX, we ensure swift delivery and a straightforward online ordering process with no additional fees for exchanging British pounds to Tongan pa’anga.

Tonga travel money

Head to Tonga fully informed! Here’s some helpful info about cash and card payments in Tonga.

Which country uses Tongan paʻanga?

The Tongan pa’anga (also sometimes written as Tongan pa驶anga) is the currency used in Tonga, a beautiful island nation in the South Pacific. Its abbreviation is TOP, and it’s the official money used in this stunning destination.

Where is Tonga’s currency used?

The Tongan pa’anga is the currency in Tonga. The Tongan pa’anga is specific to this region and not used outside Tonga.

If you’re visiting this fantastic Pacific destination, ensure you have some Tongan currency in your wallet!

Can you get Tonga currency in the UK?

Getting Tongan currency in the UK can be hard as it’s not a commonly traded currency. 

But you can get Tonga currency at Manor FX.

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Humpback whale migration Tonga

Where can I get Tongan money?

Tongan money is harder to come by in the UK because the pa’anga is a minor currency. 

Here are your options for purchasing them:

  • Currency exchange offices. Visit currency exchange offices like our bureau de change in Datchet near Heathrow. They offer a range of foreign currencies, including the Tongan pa’anga.
  • Online currency exchange services. Consider using online platforms like ours for a convenient way to order Tongan Pa’anga. You get the option for home delivery and competitive rates.
  • Airport currency exchange. Although you can usually exchange currency at major UK airports, remember that airport rates are not the best.

Compare rates and fees from different sources to get the best value. Alternatively, just choose Manor FX and get the best exchange rates guaranteed!

Should I exchange money before I travel to Tonga?

Yes, exchanging money before travelling to Tonga is a wise choice. Here’s why:

  1. When you arrive, having local currency on hand is convenient for immediate expenses like transport, meals, or small purchases. It saves you the hassle of looking for a currency exchange right after you land.
  2. You can often get better exchange rates than at airports or tourist spots in Tonga.
  3. Exchange services at airports and popular tourist areas often have long queues and wait times. Having some currency in advance can help you avoid these delays.
  4. In unexpected situations or emergencies, having local currency can be invaluable.

You can also use ATMs in Tonga to withdraw local currency as needed during your stay. Just be sure to notify your bank of your travel plans to avoid issues with your cards abroad.

Remember, if you return with leftover Tonga notes, we’ll give you the best rates for your pa’anga to pounds exchange.

What is the best currency to use in Tonga?

The best currency to bring to Tonga is the local currency, which is the Tongan pa’anga. 

Here are a few reasons why using the Tongan pa’anga is the most convenient and cost-effective option:

  • The Tongan pa’anga is the official currency of Tonga, and it’s widely accepted everywhere. This includes hotels, restaurants, shops, and by tour operators. You won’t have any trouble using it for your daily expenses.
  • You may incur conversion fees and poor exchange rates when converting GBP or other foreign currencies into Tongan pa’anga in Tonga.
  • Paying with the local currency can enhance your travel experience, as you’ll be more immersed in the local culture. 

While bringing Tongan pa’anga is advisable, having a credit or debit card is also a good idea. You can use those as a backup for more considerable expenses and emergencies.

Ha'amonga' a Maui in Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga

Can I use US dollars in Tonga?

In Tonga, using the local currency, the Tongan pa’anga (TOP) is best. While US dollars may be accepted at some hotels and tourist-oriented businesses, most local shops, restaurants, and services operate with the local currency. 

Relying on US dollars could lead to less favourable exchange rates and might limit your options for smaller purchases. 

Is the Tongan pa anga pegged to the Australian dollar?

No, the Tongan pa’anga (TOP) has never been pegged to the Australian dollar and is not currently pegged to any other currency.

Can I use my debit card in Tonga?

Yes, you can use your bank card in Tonga. Most hotels, restaurants, shops, and ATMs on the larger Tongan islands (Tongatapu and Vava’u) accept card payments.

Here are some important things to keep in mind when using your bank card in Tonga:

  • Before you travel, inform your bank or credit card company about your travel plans. This includes your destination and travel dates. This prevents your card from being flagged for suspicious activity when used abroad.
  • When using your card for transactions, you may have options. You can pay in your home currency (GBP) or the local currency (Tongan pa’anga). Choosing the local currency is usually more cost-effective and avoids unfavourable exchange rates.
  • ATMs are widely available on the more prominent Tongan islands, including at major airports, banks, and tourist areas. They dispense Tongan pa’anga, so you can withdraw cash as needed during your trip.
  • Check with your bank or card issuer about any foreign transaction or ATM withdrawal fees. These fees can mount up, so it’s a good idea to be aware of them before your trip.
  • Ensure you know your card’s PIN, as many transactions in Tonga may require it, especially at ATMs.
a group of local native indigenous Polynesian men does a pork barbecue of small piglets on an open fire on a Tongan beach under palms

Should I use cash in Tonga?

Yes. We recommend bringing Tongan pa’anga cash with you on your holiday to Tonga. It’s a practical choice for many situations, such as:

  • Buying souvenirs at local markets
  • Paying for taxi fares
  • Tipping service providers
  • Paying for goods or services in more remote areas or smaller islands
  • Still having access to funds in case your bank blocks your card or in case of loss or theft
  • Interacting with the local people and culture and enhancing your travel experience

Is it better to use cash or credit card in Tonga?

When travelling to Tonga, using a combination of cash and cards is advisable. Use cash for small expenses and in areas with limited card acceptance. Then, use cards for convenience, security, and more significant transactions.

Is Tonga expensive to visit?

Yes, Tonga can be an expensive holiday destination. It offers unique and breathtaking natural beauty, making it a dream destination for many travellers.

Costs vary depending on your choice of accommodation, dining, and transportation. While some activities, like enjoying the beaches, are free, others, like water sports and guided tours, can be costly.

Coconut crab on Eueiki Island in Tonga

How much cash should I take to Tonga?

Budget travellers 

On average, budget travellers should anticipate spending around 300-350 TOP (£18-£21) daily on essentials. This includes accommodation, meals, and transportation, considering minimal spending and no major activities planned.

Mid-range travellers

For those looking for a bit more comfort, daily expenses could range around 600-800 TOP (£36-£48). This would cover staying in decent accommodations, enjoying a mix of dining options, and engaging in occasional paid activities.

Luxury travellers

For a luxury experience, daily expenses can soar to around 1,000+ TOP (£60+). This includes high-end accommodations, fine dining, and regular participation in paid leisure activities.

How can I avoid ATM fees in Tonga?

  1. Carry ample cash: To minimise withdrawals, take enough money for small purchases, particularly if you’re heading to areas without ATMs.
  2. Exchange currency beforehand: Convert your GBP to Tongan pa’anga before leaving to avoid reliance on ATMs upon arrival.
  3. Withdraw larger amounts: Reduce transaction fees by withdrawing bigger sums less often.
  4. Use cards for larger expenses: For substantial costs, prefer cards over cash to benefit from better rates and lower fees.
  5. Use major bank ATMs: To potentially avoid withdrawal fees, withdraw from established banks like Tonga Development Bank or ANZ.

Do you tip in Tonga?

Tipping in Tonga isn’t mandatory, but shows appreciation in certain situations:

  • Restaurants. A service charge is often included, but you can leave 10% extra for excellent service.
  • Hotels. While not required, tipping housekeeping and porters is customary, usually around 5-10 TOP daily.
  • Tours. Tip guides for good service, typically 10-20 TOP per person.
  • Transport. Rounding up taxi fares or offering 10-20 TOP to drivers is polite.
  • Spa. 10% of the spa service cost is a suitable tip if not included.

Tipping is a way to show appreciation, but it’s not obligatory. Respect local customs and avoid excessive tipping.

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Tonga currency

Tongan pa’anga banknotes

Tonga’s currency includes a variety of banknotes and coins that showcase local culture and nature. Standard pa anga note denominations include 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pa anga, with unique designs and colours.

Higher denominations like 100 TOP are also in use. These banknotes have security features to prevent counterfeiting.

Pa’anga coins

Pa anga coins in Tonga have a uniform design that is shared with other Pacific countries.

Standard coin denominations include 10, 20, and 50 seniti. One pa anga is subdivided into 100 seniti. These coins vary in size and metal composition, with each denomination featuring its specific design and imagery.

Tongan currency import and export regulations

The currency regulations in Tonga are similar to those in other Pacific countries. Travellers must declare if they are entering or leaving with currency over TOP 10,000 or equivalent in foreign or domestic banknotes and coins.

Ordering Tongan pa’anga online

Order Tongan pa’anga online for swift and secure delivery to your home or workplace using Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®.

Alternatively, you can collect your currency from our travel money shop near Heathrow Airport.

Click here to buy Tongan Pa’anga online.

Selling back Tongan pa’anga

To change leftover Tongan pa’anga to GBP, simply follow this link to exchange Tonga currency to GBP. 

Click on ‘sell currency’ and choose ‘TOP Tongan pa’anga’. We offer the best Tonga currency rate for your remaining pa’anga to pounds exchange.


Tonga is special for several reasons. It’s one of the few places in the world where a monarchy still plays a significant role in daily life, preserving a rich cultural heritage. 

Its untouched natural beauty, from pristine beaches to vibrant coral reefs, makes it a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. 

Moreover, Tonga is the only Pacific nation that has never been colonised, and it maintains unique traditions and a strong sense of identity. This combination of cultural richness and natural splendour makes Tonga a unique and captivating destination.

Yes, Tonga is generally safe for tourists. It has a low crime rate, and the locals are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors. However, like any travel destination, it’s wise to take standard safety precautions, such as safeguarding your belongings and being aware of your surroundings, especially at night.

The FCDO strongly advises against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s borders due to safety concerns. The borders with Djibouti and Ethiopia are currently closed. However, the border with Sudan remains open, allowing movement in both directions due to the ongoing conflict in Sudan.


Whether you need a visa to visit Tonga depends on your nationality. Many countries, including the UK, USA, and many European nations, do not require a visa for stays of up to 30 days. 

Before travelling, check the latest visa requirements from an official source or the Tongan consulate.

Before travelling to Tonga, no specific vaccinations are required for entry. However, routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots are usually recommended. 

Depending on your travel plans, vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, and hepatitis B might also be advised. Consult with a travel health clinic or your healthcare provider for the most current recommendations.

The best time to visit Tonga is during its dry season, from May to October. This period offers pleasant weather with less humidity and minimal rainfall, which is ideal for outdoor activities and exploring the islands. 

These months also coincide with the humpback whale migration, a significant highlight for visitors.

Tonga’s monarchy has seen influential leaders, including Majesty King George Tupou I, who founded the modern Kingdom of Tonga. 

King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, known for his long reign and modernisation efforts, was succeeded by his descendants, including Majesty King Tupou VI, the current ruler. 

Queen Salote Tupou III, who was celebrated for her leadership during Tonga’s significant international engagements, remains a beloved figure in Tongan history for her cultural dedication and governance. 

Each has been pivotal in shaping Tonga’s national identity and international relations.

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Tongan Paʻanga Fast!

  • Free home delivery over £750
  • with Royal Mail Special Delivery 1pm
  • Better rates than the banks
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