Thai Immigration sometimes has issues with passports that are very near their expiration dates. It would be best if you have a passport that will not expire any time around your trip. If you need to have your passport re-issued you will want to do this as soon as possible. Sometimes it can take a few weeks or even months for you to receive your new passport. Walgreens is a good place to get passport photos!
If you are concerned about getting sick during the trip, we recommend having your vaccines up to date. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are necessary for Southeast Asia, and pack any preventative medications for the flu and other common travel ailments.
Do you want to arrive early or stay longer for sight-seeing? You will need to book your travel dates accordingly and raise extra funds for the time spent outside of the mission.
If you plan to make purchases, remember to notify your bank of the dates you’ll be traveling and the specific countries you’ll enter along the way. We recommend having cash on hand, but Thai Baht can also be removed from ATMs with your US debit card. The exchange rate is often higher at ATMs, and your bank might charge additional fees, but it is a quick way to get cash if you need it.
Pack all your essentials in your carry-on! Sometimes luggage can get lost along the way.
Depending on the flight you book there might be strict weight limitations for your luggage imposed by the airline. This will be calculated in kilograms. Be sure not to over-pack even by half a kilogram, because there can be heavy fees involved. And don’t forget to leave some room for souvenirs!
If you have teaching materials that need to be translated, please let the leadership team know at least two or three months in advanced. We want to respect our translator’s time and effort by giving them the materials as soon as possible.