Flight Information & Entry Requirements

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Flight Information

PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOUR PROGRAM HAS REACHED A MINIMUM OF 5 PARTICIPANTS. ONCE YOUR TRIP REACHES ITS MINIMUM, PLEASE INPUT YOUR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FLIGHTS INTO THIS FORM.


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

Arrival Flight

  • 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.

Departure Flight

  • Due to the boat schedule from the Phi Phi Islands, there are different departure times based on the time of year you are traveling

  • Depart Phuket International Airport (HKT) on the last day of the trip anytime after 1:30 pm

If you are taking the 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


If you are taking the 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.

  • Travelers can 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 anytime of the day for your flight home.

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


If you are taking the 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

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.

Country COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Until further notice, it's required that travelers take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Negative test results must be sent to Discover Corps once generated. Please check the Department of State's site for Thailand's most up-to-date guidelines and most importantly, your specific Airline Policy for all travel requirements. Travel requirements for Thailand:

  • All travelers, age 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated in order to travel to Thailand. Travelers 6-17 years of age traveling to Thailand with parents are exempt from this requirement.

  • Thailand requires that all travelers provide a COVID-19 PCR negative test result within 72 hours of travel. Negative test results must be submitted to Discover Corps before departure, printed, and traveled with.

  • Travelers must register the "Test & Go"' Thailand Pass online at least 7 days before departure. Please note, 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. Paid AQ/SHA Extra+ hotel reservation confirmation (for the duration of 1 day and including the fee for one RT-PCR test). * This document will be provided to you by Discover Corps.

        4. Insurance with minimum coverage of 50,000 USD.* This coverage is included in your Discover Corps trip, details will be sent 2 weeks prior to departure.

        5. 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.


Exit Requirements

Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC is implementing that all travelers returning to the U.S., have proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing and within 24 hours for minors who are unvaccinated. Discover Corps will arrange for the testing to take place within the required timeframe, the traveler is responsible for the testing fee and can pay for this on the ground. Please reference Discover Corps' Risk Management Manual for a comprehensive overview of safety & health guidelines here.

Update, effective 11/1/21: All unvaccinated & vaccinated travelers returning to the U.S. must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 1 day of departing. Discover Corps will arrange for the testing to take place within the required timeframe, the traveler is responsible for the testing fee.

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