Licensing information for Tonga - A35

Prepared by: OH2MCN - Veke & 7M1FCC - Toshi & A35RK Paul & ZL1RS / A35RS Bob & Holger, A31IO / ZL3IO
Status: Jan-96, July '99 links, Nov '99, Mar '06, Feb 09, Jan 11

Intro: If you have a foreign ham license, you will have no problems to get a license in Tonga.

PTT:
Amateur radio licenses are handled now by: Mr. Finau Hufanga
Ministry of Information & Communication
P.O BOX 1380
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga
Tel :+676 28170
Fax :+676 24861
Email : fhufanga at mic.gov.to

Physical Location:
The location is also different but only 2 blocks away from the main post office (direction opposite of Lagoon side) It is a light blue 3 storey building with the MIC (Ministry of Comm.) at the first floor level.

Paperwork needed:
- Copy of your license
- Application form N-10 (new form exists)
- Passport details
The best way to get a license:
If you present your valid ORIGINAL license, your passport, and the application in person, and pay the TOP$20 fee, an A35 callsign and a "permission to operate" receipt will be issued in an hour or two. With that receipt in hand, you may begin operation immediately. Your "formal" license will be mailed to you, and that may take a month or two. The license term is one year (1 July - 30 June).
Price:
20 Tonga Pa'anga plus tax 23T$.
Special calls:
Ask for it otherwise it will be your initials
License restrictions:
There is a 100 watt transmitter power output limit in Tonga. You may operate on all authorized amateur radio frequencies and modes, but please note that the ITU Region 1 restrictions on 40M apply, ie 7.000 - 7.100Mhz only is permitted. There is no A3 QSL bureau. QSL cards will have to be handled either "via home call" or "via manager".
Customs:
All radio equipment may enter the country duty-free, but customs may ask to see your overseas radio license. Be advised that airline security inspections of radio equipment carried as baggage, especially at international hubs in the U.S. where flights to Tonga originate (i.e. SFO, LAX, HNL), have recently become quite commonplace. You will probably be asked to unpack any luggage containing radio equipment, for a visual inspection.
Useful local contacts:
Places to operate from:
Tonga, Hotel Accommodation Index
Local hotels, guest houses
Tips:
See also
Destination Tonga and Finding Tonga and Welcome to the Royal Kingdom of Tonga! and Tonga and Tonga Online and Tonga Malo' e lelei and www.tongaholiday.com

oh2mcn@sral.fi 


Addition from Holger Hannemann <holger.hannemann at promontan.com>
Date :24.1.2012

Amateur radio licenses are handled now by: Mr. Finau Hufanga
Ministry of Information & Communication
P.O BOX 1380
Nuku'alofa
Kingdom of Tonga
Tel :+676 28170
Fax :+676 24861
Email : fhufanga at mic.gov.to

The location is also different but only 2 blocks away from the main post office (direction opposite of Lagoon side) It is a light blue 3 storey building with the MIC (Ministry of Comm.) at the first floor level.
Copy of home license and passport is needed. If you mail upfront the paperwork might be prepared at arrival.
Costs are 20 T$ plus tax 23T$.

73 and thanks for providing this nice service,

Holger, A31IO / ZL3IO


Addition from: Bob Sutton bob.sutton@paradise.net.nz
Date: 18.1.2009

Mr. Lopeti Palefau has passed away, the current Radio Licencing Officer is Mr. Feao Vakata at the same address, location and contact numbers ... the old e-mail address for Mr Palefau does not work. The process is still the same ... Mr. Vakata required my original ZL Ham radio licence and passport for identification, and I had to fill out their application form. I asked for callsign A35RS and this was given after checking their register book to make sure it was available. The fee is still TOP$20 but also TOP$3 tax is added for a total payment of TOP$23 (about USD$13). Verbal permission to operate was given immediately and the actual Amateur Radio Station Licence was available for collection the next day. The validity period is 1 year from the date of issue.

No problem at the airport customs. I was asked what was in my cardboard tube and when I said "an antenna for Ham radio" the customs officers just smiled and welcomed us to Tonga!

73, Bob Sutton ZL1RS / A35RS

http://www.qsl.net/zl1rs/
web site updated 16 Jan 09


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