International Arrivals and Departures

The migration reports produced by the Statistics Department as the main reference on volume of overseas visitors, cruise ship passengers, yacht passengers and residents movement to and from the Kingdom of Tonga. The bulletin presents information relating to number of arrivals and departures by port, passenger type, transport mode, country of citizen, purpose of travel, type of passengers, country of usual residence, and country visited.

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International Arrivals

INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS by Port, Passenger Type, Transport Mode

20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
TONGATAPU
ARRIVALS
Returning Residents 17,896 18,478 24,806 20,835 20,632 22,148 24,239 25,134 24,501 26,587 25,170 25,808 26,573 31,517
Visitors 35,092 38,934 35,085 42,238 46,226 43,142 50,462 45,711 47,081 46,005 47,538 48,188 50,436 53,752
Air Arrivals 52,988 57,412 59,891 63,073 66,858 65,290 74,701 70,845 71,582 72,592 72,708 73,996 77,009 85,269
Yacht 850 440 688 558 491 532 699 518 686 860 593 767 777 168
Ship 4,351 3,803 3,274 7,494 4,482 6,018 3,259 6,900 5,988 18,058 6,947 9,432 9,467 12,719
Total 58,189 61,655 63,853 71,125 71,831 71,840 78,659 84,817 78,256 91,510 80,248 84,195 87,253 12,887
Air Arrivals
Male 29,370 30,992 32,545n.a.n.a. 34,505 39,767 38,059 38,178 38,408 38,377 39,679 39,888 44,610
Female 23,712 26,457 27,479n.a.n.a. 30,785 34,934 32,786 33,404 34,184 34,250 34,317 37,121 40,659
Total 53,082 57,449 60,024 63,073 66,858 65,290 74,701 70,845 71,582 72,592 72,627 73,996 77,009 85,269
VAVA'U
ARRIVALS
Returning Residents 180 51 2310 0750 1650 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
Visitors 76 37 82 1990 0420 2020 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
Air Arrivals 94 37 133 430 117 3670000000
Yacht 1,168 808 100 385 377 608 1,129 799973 9891223 1,278 855 211
Ship 1,525 951 2,553 4,346 6,327 2,772 11,340 13,70410277 2,46110100 4,266 391
Total 2,787 1,796 2,786 5,161 6,821 3,747 12,469 14,503 11,250 3,450 2,233 1,278 5,121 602
TONGA
ARRIVALS
Returning Residents 17,914 18,478 24,857 21,066 20,707 22,313 24,239 25,134 24,501 26,587 25,170 25,808 26,573 31,517
Visitors 35,168 38,971 35,167 42,437 46,268 43,344 50,462 45,711 47,081 46,005 47,457 48,188 50,436 53,752
Air Arrivals 53,082 57,449 60,024 63,503 66,975 65,657 74,701 70,845 71,582 72,592 72,627 73,996 77,009 85,269
Yacht 2,018 1,248 788 943 868 1,140 1,828 1,317 1,659 1,849 1,816 2,045 1,632 1,426
Ship 5,876 4,754 5,827 11,840 10,809 8,790 14,599 27,641 16,265 20,519 7,957 9,432 13,733 17,375
Total 60,976 63,451 66,639 76,286 78,652 75,587 91,128 99,803 89,506 94,960 82,400 85,473 92,374 104,070
Air Arrivals
Male 29,370 30,992 32,545n.a.n.a. 34,728 39,767 38,059 38,178 38,408 38,377 39,679 39,888 44,610
Female 23,712 26,457 27,479n.a.n.a. 30,929 34,934 32,786 33,404 34,184 34,250 34,317 37,121 40,659
Total 53,082 57,449 60,024 63,503 66,975 65,657 74,701 70,845 71,582 72,592 72,627 73,996 77,009 85,269

Source: Immigration Department, Customs

Arrivals by Citizenship

AIR and YACHT Arrivals by Citizenship

Country of Citizenship200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Australia 7,384 7,286 8,870 8,652 9,735 9,370 10,392 8,661 10,726 10,041 11,150 11,930
New Zealand 13,700 12,476 13,656 14,077 15,854 15,050 21,630 14,946 22,553 24,476 24,797 25,838
Fiji 1,807 1,632 1,542 1,482 1,939 1,497 1,502 1,586 1,598 1,587 1,832 1,785
American Samoa 326 36 38 25 24 33 213 30 122 12 82 114
Western Samoa 634 592 296 276 487 336 435 283 313 246 269 230
Tonga 23,013 29,127 29,819 29,506 33,277 31,464 24,498 35,004 25,598 25,808 26,573 31,517
Other Pacific Islands 336 200 217 352 717 404 684 378 684 706 547 768
Japan 613 800 762 524 636 709 607 676 705 630 644 827
China 423 502 578 625 762 807 850 1,108 568 600 759 939
India 32 70 119 60 106 90 33 69 44 45 44 64
Korea 84 119 91 97 108 143 101 271 163 115 110 129
Republic of China 172 12 7 5400000000
Other Asian Countries 95 192 526 497 545 538 396 425 405 451 590 573
UK 1,512 1,579 1,664 1,454 2,033 1,705 819 1,356 672 703 715 787
Germany 695 1,019 941 931 1,100 941 785 920 739 794 803 848
France 294 309 308 546 587 553 300 541 252 315 301 445
Italy 284 304 355 242 334 282 187 224 115 145 160 144
Other European Countries 1,523 1,124 1,116 1,116 1,659 1,363 1,234 1,544 1,178 1,089 1,109 1,219
All African Countries 88 49 28 91 113 203 50 114 92 34 50 49
United States of America 7,280 6,270 6,370 5,039 5,683 5,425 6,372 4,837 5,719 5,789 5,942 6,718
Canada 333 342 357 373 576 459 394 370 244 241 281 229
Other American Countries 79 351 152 201 185 253 71 238 137 169 251 116
All Middle East Countries 3 13 5 190 1 17 2300000
Other countries000000000000
Not stated 102 42 26 387 68 520 1,665 860 1,897 2,045 1,632 1,426
Total608126444667843667977652972162732417444174524760417864186695

Source: Immigration Department, Customs

Reason for visit

VISITOR ARRIVALS by Reason for Visit

VISITOR ARRIVALS by Reason for Visit, 2004-2015

Reason for Visit200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Air and Yachts
Holiday6 95021 57217 37710 415 21,305 16,540 14,904 18,046 17,290 17,909 17,524 17,064
Business1 7893 6362 8350 852 3,125 2,433 2,773 3,407 3,257 3,274 4,797 2,758
Visiting Relative/Friends4 20813 41416 2466 323 7,783 6,379 16,606 19,655 20,955 20,332 22,429 20,347
Conference0 4900 9960 3000 434 740 632 1,862 1,902 1,971 1,968 728 1,499
Transit/Stopover0 2790 6110 1700 046 69 89000000
Other Reasons0 7121 2311 9894 772 8,576 6,158 1,782 2,668 3,619 2,164 3,445 2,950
Not Stated21 5271 9208 21921 642 10,692 14,797 10,813 327 365 2,541 1,513 9,134
Total35 95543 38047 13644 484 52,290 47,028 48,740 46,005 47,457 48,188 50,436 53,752

AIR RETURNING RESIDENTS by Reason for Travel and Port, 2004-2015

AIR RETURNING RESIDENTS by Reason for Travel and Port, 2002 - 2011
Reason for Travel200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Returning Residents
Education0 4800 4440 3110 135 240 141 227 8 60 58 4
Visiting Relative6 7637 5097 6902 607 5,401 2,271 5,429 98 162 1,010 743 138
Employment0 0210 0310 0180 009 87 39 242 23 170 132 13
Conference0 1740 1630 1560 009 41 19 227 1 10 50 1
Business1 2671 2521 1190 323 1,419 520 870 17 18 185 46 2
Medical0 0100 0130 0050 0010 1 200000
Holiday7 0769 6146 1131 907 9,352 5,090 5,035 32 31 666 391 43
Other1 0821 1971 3030 938 3,026 1,962 1,025 7 19 184 230 4
Transit0 0000 0000 0000 00000000000
Not Stated7 9840 8433 99216 384 4,673 15,091 11,444 26,401 24,916 23,763 24,923 31,312
Total24 85721 06620 70722 313 24,239 25,134 24,501 26,587 25,170 25,808 26,573 31,517

Source: Immigration Department, Customs

Passenger Type

AIR ARRIVALS by Age, Passenger Type

AIR ARRIVALS by Age, Passenger Type 2004 - 2015

AIR ARRIVALS by Age, Passenger Type 2002 - 2015
Age group200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Visitors
0 – 4 2,018 2,668 2,775 2,394 2,802 2,488 2,431 2,474 2,487 2,393 2,800 2,682
5 – 9 1,987 2,029 2,232 2,185 2,255 2,040 1,777 1,879 1,883 1,876 2,183 2,344
10 – 14 1,889 2,103 2,222 2,251 2,146 1,932 1,934 2,074 1,964 2,044 2,335 2,277
15 – 19 2,153 2,479 2,485 2,648 2,975 2,533 2,733 2,462 2,449 2,235 2,743 3,044
20 – 24 2,641 3,083 3,149 3,113 3,867 3,521 3,464 3,319 3,218 3,055 3,241 3,479
25 – 29 2,853 3,409 3,701 3,753 4,565 4,198 4,091 4,010 3,920 3,994 4,107 4,236
30 – 34 2,870 3,607 4,013 3,675 4,295 3,824 3,982 3,766 3,988 4,171 4,268 4,595
35 – 39 3,040 4,042 4,431 3,820 4,489 3,733 3,800 3,735 3,713 3,812 3,897 4,075
40 – 44 3,008 3,971 4,436 4,194 4,993 4,347 4,517 4,269 4,410 4,429 4,388 4,407
45 – 49 2,941 3,744 4,102 3,721 4,400 4,163 4,380 4,311 4,706 4,924 4,877 5,283
50 – 54 2,756 3,518 3,963 3,627 4,177 3,839 3,871 4,048 4,347 4,481 4,488 4,986
55 – 59 2,539 2,955 3,230 2,866 3,561 3,412 3,528 3,445 3,689 3,817 3,790 4,173
60 – 64 1,755 2,082 2,352 2,167 2,624 2,587 2,750 2,664 2,812 2,872 3,039 3,162
65 – 69 1,027 1,277 1,540 1,357 1,615 1,540 1,674 1,739 1,949 2,001 2,249 2,463
70 – 74 549 724 805 761 889 885 930 915 1,055 1,138 1,078 1,272
75 + 1,141 712 790 598 803 653 747 880 860 946 956 1,274
Not stated0 34 42 214 6 16 472 15 7000
Total 35,167 42,437 46,268 43,344 50,462 45,711 47,081 46,005 47,457 48,188 50,436 53,752

RETURNING RESIDENTS

Age group200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Returning Residents
0 – 4 581 784 762 711 958 888 895 1,023 932 983 986 1,136
5 – 9 518 644 650 637 764 746 770 846 784 959 730 964
10 – 14 482 681 526 693 644 856 915 821 741 870 1,047 1,030
15 – 19 941 1,114 867 971 1,154 1,300 1,239 1,419 1,287 1,436 1,362 1,684
20 – 24 2,239 2,046 2,058 2,176 2,756 2,491 2,371 2,442 2,395 2,499 2,644 3,352
25 – 29 2,322 2,125 2,078 2,287 2,740 2,672 2,788 3,073 2,881 2,757 2,861 3,331
30 – 34 2,817 2,042 2,013 2,157 2,347 2,462 2,376 2,583 2,427 2,417 2,596 3,226
35 – 39 3,189 2,342 2,332 2,531 2,485 2,576 2,327 2,520 2,354 2,426 2,410 2,841
40 – 44 2,479 1,895 2,048 2,363 2,361 2,543 2,509 2,654 2,595 2,452 2,488 2,998
45 – 49 2,292 1,756 1,714 1,879 1,940 2,096 2,041 2,392 2,271 2,280 2,399 2,985
50 – 54 1,960 1,553 1,554 1,606 1,753 1,793 1,702 1,879 1,763 1,802 1,909 2,248
55 – 59 1,646 1,363 1,349 1,356 1,459 1,485 1,425 1,574 1,551 1,626 1,637 1,868
60 – 64 1,159 976 981 1,030 1,161 1,362 1,302 1,257 1,217 1,213 1,252 1,371
65 – 69 915 754 767 772 765 779 766 930 837 911 1,014 1,093
70 – 74 701 470 521 519 541 562 572 637 633 585 558 656
75 + 616 355 412 458 411 523 472 535 500 592 681 734
Not stated0 166 75 16700 31 2 2000
Total 24,857 21,066 20,707 22,313 24,239 25,134 24,501 26,587 25,170 25,808 26,573 31,517

TOTAL AIR ARRIVALS

Age group200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
TOTAL AIR ARRIVALS
0 – 4 2,599 3,452 3,537 3,105 3,760 3,376 3,326 3,497 3,419 3,376 3,785 3,818
5 – 9 2,505 2,673 2,882 2,822 3,019 2,786 2,547 2,725 2,667 2,835 2,912 3,308
10 – 14 2,371 2,784 2,748 2,944 2,790 2,788 2,849 2,895 2,705 2,914 3,382 3,307
15 – 19 3,094 3,593 3,352 3,619 4,129 3,833 3,972 3,881 3,736 3,671 4,105 4,728
20 – 24 4,880 5,129 5,207 5,289 6,623 6,012 5,835 5,761 5,613 5,554 5,885 6,831
25 – 29 5,175 5,534 5,779 6,040 7,305 6,870 6,879 7,083 6,801 6,751 6,967 7,567
30 – 34 5,687 5,649 6,026 5,832 6,642 6,286 6,358 6,349 6,415 6,588 6,865 7,821
35 – 39 6,229 6,384 6,763 6,351 6,974 6,309 6,127 6,255 6,067 6,238 6,307 6,916
40 – 44 5,487 5,866 6,484 6,557 7,354 6,890 7,026 6,923 7,005 6,881 6,876 7,405
45 – 49 5,233 5,500 5,816 5,600 6,340 6,259 6,421 6,703 6,977 7,204 7,276 8,268
50 – 54 4,716 5,071 5,517 5,233 5,930 5,632 5,573 5,927 6,110 6,283 6,396 7,234
55 – 59 4,185 4,318 4,579 4,222 5,020 4,897 4,953 5,019 5,240 5,443 5,426 6,041
60 – 64 2,914 3,058 3,333 3,197 3,785 3,949 4,052 3,921 4,029 4,085 4,291 4,533
65 – 69 1,942 2,031 2,307 2,129 2,380 2,319 2,440 2,669 2,786 2,912 3,263 3,556
70 – 74 1,250 1,194 1,326 1,280 1,430 1,447 1,502 1,552 1,688 1,723 1,636 1,928
75 + 1,757 1,067 1,202 1,056 1,214 1,176 1,219 1,415 1,360 1,538 1,636 2,008
Not stated0 200 117 381 6 16 503 17 9000
Total 60,024 63,503 66,975 65,657 74,701 70,845 71,582 72,592 72,627 73,996 77,009 85,269

Departure

DEPARTURES by Age, Sex, Passport Held for Tonga

AIR200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
Sex
Males 34,220 32,539 36,496 39,561 40,708 37,930 38,783 39,009 39,196 39,107 41,308 45,287
Females 29,246 27,737 32,141 34,317 35,996 33,019 33,750 34,580 34,902 34,831 37,296 41,287
Not Stated
Persons 63,466 60,276 68,637 73,878 76,704 70,949 72,533 73,589 74,098 73,938 78,604 86,574
Passport Held
Tongan 25,766 19,198 20,775 25,172 24,254 22,780 25,219 34,924 25,629 26,100 35,526 33,078
Non Tongan 37,700 41,078 47,862 48,706 52,450 48,169 47,314 38,665 48,469 47,838 43,078 53,496
Not Stated0000000000
Persons 63,466 60,276 68,637 73,878 76,704 70,949 72,533 73,589 74,098 73,938 78,604 86,574
Age Group200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015
0 – 4 2,836 3,210 3,514 3,701 3,732 3,401 3,248 3,475 3,413 3,478 3,800 3,818
5 – 9 2,859 2,574 3,186 3,330 3,226 3,051 2,730 2,805 2,859 2,906 3,197 3,531
10 – 14 2,632 2,497 3,042 3,042 3,044 3,009 2,949 2,975 2,928 2,855 3,498 3,603
15 – 19 3,586 3,248 3,921 4,091 4,566 4,132 4,277 4,044 3,972 3,890 4,511 5,157
20 – 24 5,381 4,970 5,598 6,142 7,167 6,086 6,035 6,210 5,789 6,196 6,401 7,038
25 – 29 5,502 5,271 5,955 7,063 7,628 6,917 7,012 7,211 6,900 6,777 7,025 7,775
30 – 34 5,962 5,488 6,100 6,646 6,830 6,274 6,407 6,420 6,525 6,600 6,873 7,868
35 – 39 6,454 6,140 6,829 7,267 7,041 6,221 6,156 6,409 6,181 6,119 6,301 6,925
40 – 44 5,637 5,550 6,522 7,390 7,406 6,765 7,061 6,939 7,112 6,665 6,876 7,359
45 – 49 5,439 5,246 5,838 6,282 6,382 6,079 6,462 6,630 7,028 6,987 7,467 8,081
50 – 54 4,903 4,941 5,488 5,827 5,912 5,504 5,642 5,855 6,156 6,058 6,500 7,306
55 – 59 4,353 4,162 4,469 4,690 4,968 4,799 4,903 4,976 5,298 5,315 5,389 6,055
60 – 64 3,013 2,914 3,324 3,456 3,761 3,909 4,030 3,875 4,102 4,031 4,241 4,721
65 – 69 2,034 1,933 2,278 2,383 2,369 2,264 2,445 2,701 2,772 2,934 3,129 3,518
70 – 74 1,313 1,105 1,375 1,402 1,456 1,381 1,526 1,613 1,687 1,675 1,671 1,936
75 + 1,562 1,023 1,198 1,166 1,214 1,149 1,238 1,451 1,376 1,452 1,609 1,883
Unknown0 40 1 2 8 412000 1150
All Ages 63,466 60,276 68,637 73,878 76,704 70,949 72,533 73,589 74,098 73,938 78,604 86,574
Yacht 563 1,393 582 1,630 1,584 1,261 1,830 1,468 1,720 1,769 1,762 1,422
Cruise ship 3,272 11,871 13,049 10,461 14,602 27,150 16,244 20,550 7,987 9,427 13,724 17,383
Total Departures 67,301 73,540 82,268 85,969 92,890 99,360 90,607 95,607 83,805 85,134 94,090 105,379

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