What to bring with you
- Spending money
- You will be responsible for any extra costs incurred because of stupidity.
You will be asked to use only one large suitcase and a carry-on. Your suitcase must not weigh over 50 pounds and the carry on must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin. Check the airline website for specific information.
You may be asked to carry an additional suitcase for one of the missionaries working in the country.
- Copy of Birth Certificate and Passport in a separate place than your original passport
- Smartphone (Journal, Notebook, Ink Pen, Camera/ Video Camera, Alarm Clock)
- Change of clothes in your carry on in case of lost Luggage
- Sun Screen
- Sun Glasses
- U.S. currency – no marked up bills, tears, stains, etc. need to look like new
- Debit Card1
- Luggage keys
- Only necessary credit cards2
- Student ID of any kind
- Clothes and Shoes for church
- You can use a debit card from your bank at home, but will most likely come with some fairly high fees, so it is better to just bring cash and have a debit card for emergencies. ↩
- It is possible to use a credit card here in some stores, but you should beware of International transaction fees that differ from card to card. ↩
Passport & Visa info
If you are a U.S. citizen tourist staying for fewer than 30 days, you do not require a visa, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand.
You need to apply for your passport at least 6 months in advance. You can do that through your local courthouse or post office. You will need a couple of passport photos, two pieces of identification, and the required fee. It takes about 2 months to get your passport so please start early. Call your local courthouse to be sure of what you will need to do.
You are welcome to talk to your local health department for recommended shots but we do not require you to get any shots.
You will receive your tourist visa on the plane. You simply fill it out and they will take care of it at immigration once you land in Thailand. Do not lose the sheet of paper they leave in your passport when you arrive. You will need to turn it back in when you leave the country.
If you are not a U.S. Citizen you must inform me ASAP. There could be additional cost depending on Visa requirements for your home country.
- This is the first step if you are really considering this trip. We need your passport number to for the application and to possibly to make reservations for plane tickets or hotels.
- You can apply for a passport through your local court house/post office.
- Every person is responsible for their own passport.
- Every person needs to bring a copy of their birth certificate incase you loose you passport on the trip.
- Keep your birth certificate in a different place than your passport.
- If you loose your passport, you will have to apply for a new one at the embassy. You will be responsible for all of the cost that is involved with replacing your passport (i.e. Passport Fee, Traveling to the Embassy, Etc.).
If you do not have an American Passport, please let your group leader know, because there may be different requirements for you.
Additional passport registration information: