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RA V-17

The seventeenth session of the Regional Association V (RA V-17) will be held from 15 to 17 October 2018 in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The Regional Conference (RECO) will be held  from 12 to 13 October 2018 at the same venue. 

information.pngBadges and venue

Online registration is required for all participants.

Pre-registered participants for the RECO and RA V-17 will be able to pick up their identification badges at the registration desk at the National Reserve Bank Conference Center already on Thursday, 11 October 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. Registration desk will remain open throughout the session.

Venue: National Reserve Bank Conference Center

paperless.pngPaper-smart session

Documents will be posted before and during the session on the session website, in line with WMO greening efforts to promote paper-smart meetings. Therefore, participants are kindly invited to bring internet-enabled portable computers capable of handling Microsoft Word 2010 and Adobe PDF formats so that they can work in paper-smart mode during the session.

language.pngWorking languages

Meetings will be in English only.

INF.pngMaterial arrangements for the session

Material arrangements for the session are described in the INF1(1) document posted in the Information Documents section of this website.

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Visa.pngEntry requirements

When arriving at any of Tonga's International Airports, travelers must proceed immediately to a Customs Officer at Passport Control booths provided for the necessary immigration clearances. Please note that travelers are required to hold passports with a validity of a minimum of 6 months when entering Tonga. Issuing of visitor visa on arrival shall be subject to conditions, including, that the traveller holds a valid return ticket out of the country to a country which he/she shall be permitted to enter and the Customs officer is satisfied that the traveller has sufficient funds to financially maintain himself whilst in the country.

A list of countries whose travellers may be issued a 30-day visitor visa on arrival into Tonga is available on the  INF1(1) document posted in the Information Documents section of this website.

Citizens of all other countries need visas to enter Tonga (prior to arrival). A genuine visitor intending to visit Tonga for a period of not less than 30 days is required to obtain an entry permit issued by the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to arriving in Tonga. For further details contact us on email:

Participants requiring a visa should apply for visa in advance before the travel date. If further assistance is required please contact Mr. Ofa Faanunu, Director of Meteorology at (676) 7863329 or email:

hotel.pngHotel reservation

Information concerning hotel reservations is available in INF1(1) document posted in the Information Documents section of this website.

transportation.pngTransportation from airport

Participants are recommended to arrive at the Fua'amotu International Airport (TBU) (website), where major companies operate. Delegates who require transfer from the Airport to the City should notify the local organising committee of their travel itinerary in advance. They will be met at the airport and transferred to their various hotels.

Tax Services are also available on arrival. Cost of a taxi from the airport into the City is around TOP 50.

information.pngContact information

For any further information please contact the LOC at the following address: 

Local Coordinators for RA V-17:

  1.  Mr. Moleni Tu'uholoaki (Chief Quality Officer)

    Tonga Meteorological Services
    Nuku'alofa, TONGA
    Phone: (676) 7863321     Email:


  2.  Mrs. Seluvaia Finaulahi (Senior Climatologist)

    Tonga Meteorological Services
    Nuku'alofa, TONGA
    Phone: (676) 7765993      Email:

All enquiries related to the organization of the Technical Conference and the 17th session of the Regional Association V (RA V-17) should be sent to with copy to