Flight Information & Entry Requirements

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Flight Information

PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOUR PROGRAM HAS REACHED A MINIMUM OF 4 PARTICIPANTS. ONCE YOUR TRIP REACHES ITS MINIMUM, YOU CAN SAFELY PURCHASE FLIGHTS AND FORWARD THE FLIGHT ITINERARY TO travel@discovercorps.com.

We have very specific arrival and departure times for your program. Please carefully read below and call us with any questions.

Fly into and out of Phuket International Airport in Phuket, Thailand (airport code HKT)

  • Arrive on the first day of the trip between 10:00 am-8:00 pm.

  • Depart on the last day of the trip anytime after 1:30 pm. You'll be taking a ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket on this final day

Bangkok Extension:

  • Arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT) on the first day between 10:00 am-8:00 pm for the Thailand Elephants Islands Expedition.

  • Depart Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) anytime after 6:00 pm on the last day of the extension. We recommend scheduling your departure flight as close to 6:00 pm as possible since there will only be one airport drop-off around 3:00 pm on the final day.

The one-way domestic flight from Phuket is included in the price of the supplement

Chiang Mai Extension:

  • Arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT) on the first day between 10:00 am-8:00 pm for the Thailand: Elephants Islands Expedition trip.

  • Depart anytime on the last day of the extension from the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) . The trip will end with breakfast on the last day; however, transfers can be made any time of the day for your flight home.

The one-way domestic flight from Phuket is included in the price of the supplement

Angkor Wat Extension:

  • Arrive at Phuket International Airport (HKT) on the first day of the trip between 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Arrival outside of this window on the first day may require a supplemental transfer fee.

  • Depart from Siem Reap (REP) on the last day of the extension anytime after 4pm

The one-way domestic flight from Phuket is included in the price of the supplement

Early Arrival/Late Departure

Discover Corps recommends that you arrive a day prior to avoid any flight delays or cancelations. If you decide to arrive a day prior to the trip start date, you can book an early night at the hotel directly. If you arrive outside of the Discover Corps program, you are responsible for the transfer from the airport to the hotel. This is where we'll be staying for the first few nights in Phuket. We can request that you be in the same room but we cannot guarantee it.

Preferred Hotel: Old Phuket Hotel, Karon Beach Resort

If you plan to arrive early or depart late, please complete this form here with your arrangements.

Book Your Flights

Discover Corps's dedicated flight partner for all of our trips is the team at StudentUniverse (yes, they do flights for more than just students!). Their team know all of the flight windows and details for each of the destinations that we work in. Please always make sure that your trip is guaranteed to run before booking any airfare!

To get a quote from StudentUniverse, please see the details below:

  • Get a Quote by Phone: Call 1-877-898-1244. Agents are available between 9-8 EST M-F.

  • Get a Quote by Email: Email Flights@discovercorps.com with the flight details and a member of the StudentUniverse team will respond shortly with your options

  • Get a quote via our Dedicated Website: Please visit the Discover Corps flight search engine to search for flights online.

  • *Please note that there is a $30 fee per person to book over the phone or via email. Booking via the dedicated website is $7 per person.

COVID-19 Requirements


Please follow this link to view this destination’s COVID-19 Entry and Exit Requirements. Be sure to carefully read the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements, including age minimums as they vary for each country. We highly recommend also checking with your airlines for their specific boarding requirements.


Per Discover Corps' Health & Safety Protocol, we require that all travelers provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test result taken within 72 hours of traveling.


  1. Get tested within 72 hours of departure (or sooner if the country requires).

  2. Provide Discover Corps with negative test results before departure

  3. Travel with negative results


Thailand: Test & Go Scheme

In order to travel to Thailand, Discover Corps will be operating under the Test & Go Scheme. There will be no testing requirements upon arrival. You will need to upload the following details to the Thai Pass.


Prior to Arrival:

  • Travelers must register the "Test & Go"' Thailand Pass online at least 7 days before departure. Please note, that all documents must be uploaded using a jpg, jpeg, png file. It will not take PDF. Documents required are the following:

        1. Valid Passport (info/photos page)

        2. Certificate of Vaccination

        3. Health Insurance Policy with coverage of at least $10,000. Discover Corps includes this in the trip fee, we will email you the documentation needed.

        4. Travelers must download and install the app called, "MorChana" on their phone and will need to have it for the entire duration of their time in Thailand.


Go here for official information about Test & Go from TAT.

Map of the boat ride from Phi Phi Island to the Airport (~2 hours)