Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel
The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano and resulting tsunami badly affected parts of Tongatapu and other nearby islands on Saturday 15 January. Further eruptions and volcanic ash falls could occur.
Communications links with Tonga have been severely disrupted so it is not unexpected that New Zealanders may have difficulties contacting their whānau in Tonga at this time. We recommend that you continue to try and make contact with loved ones.
New Zealanders in Tonga should follow the advice of local authorities, including any tsunami evacuation orders. They should be prepared to leave the area if required. Take additional health precautions and follow the advice of the Tongan authorities’ around the use of water.
We also recommend that New Zealanders stay informed of developments by monitoring local media, where possible. Where possible, please also keep your family back in New Zealand informed of your wellbeing.
All New Zealanders in Tonga are advised to register their details on SafeTravel: SafeTravel Registration : Login
More information is available here: Tonga | New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (mfat.govt.nz)
If you require consular assistance, or are concerned about a New Zealand citizen in Tonga, please contact the New Zealand Consular Emergency line on +64 99 20 20 20.
The New Zealand Red Cross has activated their Restoring Family Links system for Tonga – Restoring Family Links (redcross.org.nz) which may help to connect you with loved ones.
Posted:17 Jan 2022, 14:01