Ease of Doing Business in


Tonga Download Profile (1694.5KB, pdf)
Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category Lower middle income
Population 106,170
GNI Per Capita (US$) 4,067
City covered Nukualofa



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 85 76 down
63.58 63.83 down
Starting a Business 55 48 down
90.85 90.75 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 14 7 down
80.96 83.79 down
Getting Electricity 67 64 down
76.29 76.26 up
Registering Property 158 156 down
44.64 44.64
Getting Credit 44 42 down
65.00 65.00
Protecting Minority Investors 123 118 down
45.00 45.00
Paying Taxes 80 78 down
73.76 73.76
Trading across Borders 100 98 down
68.20 68.20
Enforcing Contracts 92 91 down
57.32 57.32
Resolving Insolvency 132 131 down
33.82 33.60 up

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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Legal form Private limited company
Paid-in minimum capital requirement TOP 0
City Nukualofa
Indicator Tonga East Asia & Pacific OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 4 7.0 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 16 23.9 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 6.8 19.0 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 4 7.1 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 16 23.9 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 6.8 19.0 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0 12.3 9.2
  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Check the uniqueness of the proposed company name and reserve a name

    Agency: Registrar of Companies

    Section 24 of Companies Act 1995 prohibits the Registrar of Companies from registering a company name unless it has been reserved. According to common practice, founders submit the name registration together with the company incorporation application; however, if the name is rejected, the company would resubmit. Company names with the words “Tonga,” “Tongan,” or “Royal” are subject to prior written approval by the Privy Council. A name reservation is valid for 30 working days from the date stated in the reservation notice.

    2 days TOP 80

    Register the company with the Companies Office and obtain a certificate of incorporation

    Agency: Companies Office

    To incorporate a company, founders must file the following:
    a) Application for incorporation (Form 1)
    b) Application for name reservation (Form 2)
    c) Company constitution (Only if company is not using the standard constitution stipulated under the Act)
    d) Prescribed fees

    Forms are available online on our website www.businessregistries.gov.to and also at the Business Registries & Intellectual Property Office reporting to the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Innovation and Labor.

    3 days TOP 400

    Obtain a business license from Ministry of Labor, Commerce, and Industry

    Agency: Ministry of Labor, Commerce, and Industry

    All business must obtain a business or trading license, but prior requirements vary from industry to industry. Prior requirements are the same for all industries, except fishing, liquor and tourism.
    The Business Licenses (Amendment) Act 2012 came into effect on December 17, 2012. According to this act:
    1) companies can use one single business license to cover multiple business activities;
    3) the duration of the license perpetual and companies no longer needs to renew the business license annually;
    4) companies are not required to submit the ancillary licenses and other paperwork to obtain the business license.
    Renewal of business license is not required but registered businesses are required to file a notice of continued business activity every year.

    7 days TOP 100

    Register consumption tax and income tax with the Internal Revenue Commission

    Agency: Internal Revenue Commission

    A locally incorporated company must register the consumption tax with the Taxation Department. The consumption tax number will be the same as the income tax number.

    Registration for Consumption Tax (the equivalent of Australian or New Zealand Goods and services tax (GST) is voluntary if turnover is less than TOP 100,000 a year; otherwise, registration is compulsory.

    Taxpayers can now lodge and pay Consumption Tax, PAYE and non-resident airline withholding tax online. Taxpayers also have the possibility (once registered) to view his/her tax accounts and information online.

    4 days on average no charge