Marriage to a Tongan Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Tongan citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. 

If you want to bring your Tongan spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for a visitor visa. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our visitor visa page.

See a sample Sponsorship Application


Tongan Marriage Basic Requirements

Please note that you will have to verify things yourself on the ground before attempting to take action on these matters, but there you go, there are formal proceedings to marrying in Tonga on your visitor’s visa if you are a foreigner. You will have to produce the documents indicated below before you can be allowed to get married in Tonga


  • The non-Tongan passport holder lodges a letter with the VISA Section of Immigration stating that he or she is a citizen of (whatever country) and wishes to marry a Tongan spouse in Tonga (or a foreign spouse in Tonga).
  • He or she must submit an affidavit stating that he or she is free to marry, has no criminal record etc; The affidavit may be done in Tonga or if done overseas, the original must be signed by a notary public.
  • Their passport must accompany the application
  • Application fee of $50.00 (if it is two foreigners wishing to marry in Tonga and both have visitor's visas then the fee is $50.00 each)
  • If the person is marrying a Tongan national, then the Tongan spouse's Birth Certificate or Tongan passport with the application will be required.
  • Both applicants need to have their original Birth Certificates for the Registrar of the Supreme Court (Not the Immigration division) for the Marriage Certificate.
  • The whole process can be completed within 2 days or less.

The marriage application should be taken to the address provided below

Address of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tonga

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 821
Salote Road
Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu
Kingdom of Tonga

Phone: +676 23-600
Fax: +676 23-360


Family Members

If your Tongan spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Tongan Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Tongan citizen.



The Currency of Tonga is the Tonga Paanga.


List of Tongan Consulates in Canada

Tonga Consulate General in California, United States

Canadian consulate in Tonga

There is no resident Canadian government office in Tonga. You can obtain consular assistance and further information from the High Commission of Australia (under the Canada-Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement) in Nuku’alofa.

Nuku'alofa-Australian High Commission

Salote Road

Telephone: 676-23-244
Fax: 676-23-243 Website:

View Larger Map

High Commission of Canada in Wellington

125 The Terrace,
Wellington 6011,
New Zealand

Telephone: 64(4) 473-9577
Fax: 64(4)471-2082 E-mail:



View Larger Map


How to call Canada from Tonga

00 - 1 - Area Code - TEL #

Follow the dialing format shown above while calling Canada from Tonga.

  • 00 - Exit code for Tonga, and is needed for making any international call from Tonga
  • 1 - ISD Code or Country Code of Canada
Province Code Province  Code
Alberta 403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
Nunavut 867
BC 236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
Ontario 226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)
249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)
289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)
343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)
416 / 647 (Toronto)
807 (northwestern Ontario)
Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec 418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902    


To call Tonga from Canada, dial:

011 - 676 - Area Code - TEL #

The format should be as follows dial 011 + 676 + phone number


Time Difference with Canada

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Tonga is Ahead # of Hours during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 21 hours 20 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 20 hours 19 hours
Saskatchewan 19 hours 19 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 19 hours 18 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 18 hours 17 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 17 hours 16 hours
Newfoundland 16.5 hours 15.5 hours

Want to know more about marrying in Tonga? Let us know

Learn More