2023 Thailand Mission Trip

Thailand Medical Mission Trip 2023

March 12-26, 2023

Sunday, March 12: Fly to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK), arriving by Tuesday, March 14 (flights crossing the International Date Line lose a day)

Tuesday, March 14: Travel to Koh Chang for orientation; Cross-cultural mission training, planning, praying, and adjusting to the time change

Wednesday, March 15: In Koh Chang

Thursday, March 16: Travel to Bangkok in the morning

Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, March 19: Medical ministry to Pakistani refugees

Monday, March 20: Fly to Mae Sot

March 21-23: Arrive at Sunshine Orchard; setup & prepare for the medical, children’s program, and mini evangelistic meetings for the week at Sunshine Orchard

March 24-25: Visit local ASAP project sites and refugee camps (if possible)

Sunday, March 26: Return home for team A (Note: Flights crossing the International Date Line gain a day)

Extended Stay (optional):

March 26-30: ASAP missionary training at Sunshine Orchard.

March 31-April 1: Appreciation service and vespers at Sunshine Orchard; Sabbath Worship and AY program

April 2: Depart Sunshine Orchard; fly from Mae Sot to Bangkok; take return flight home

*Subject to Change

Cost Breakdown

The $1,400 USD Mission Trip (March 12-26) fee includes the following:

  • Lodging
  • All ground transportation within Thailand
  • Domestic airfare (Bangkok to Mae Sot roundtrip)
  • Three meals per day
  • Bottled water
  • Interpreter fees
  • Fees for any tourist sites visited
  • Travel insurance through Trawick International (estimated $150; exact price varies based on age and policy)
  • Supplies and other expenses directly related to the mission trip (e.g., medical supplies, materials for Vacation Bible School, etc.)
  • Ministry project support
  • Nonrefundable $75 administrative fee

The $400 USD Mission Trip Extension (March 26-April 2) fee includes:

  • Lodging
  • Food & water
  • Interpreter fees
  • Local ground transportation including airport shuttle
  • Mission Project support

Additional Expenses (Responsibility of the Mission Trip Participant)

  • Each participant is responsible for purchasing their own international airfare (prices range widely from $900 - $1,800 per roundtrip flight)
  • Background check (approximately $40, unless your church or school is willing to provide the results of a recent background check)
  • All Covid-19 testing required by the Thai government and your country of origin (if any)
  • Additional spending money for mementos, gifts, emergencies and incidental expenses

Ready to Go? Here's What to Do Next!

  1. Pray—for heart preparation and God’s guidance every step of the way. (Prov 3:5-6)
  2. Submit the Mission Trip Application Form online by January 9, 2023.
  3. Verify that your passport is current and send a copy to ASAP. Your passport must have an expiration date no earlier than six months after your arrival date in Thailand (in this case, September 12, 2023). A digital scan of your passport may be e-mailed to Angy Plata at angy.plata@asapministries.org.
  4. Book airline tickets: Please do not book airline tickets until you receive confirmation that your application has been approved. 
    You may book your own tickets, but please consider purchasing them through Butler Travel. Their agents will assist in coordinating flights so that, whenever possible, trip participants can travel together on the same airline. You may contact Nathanael via phone at 503-879-5005 or by e-mail at nathan@butlertravel.com
    NOTE: For U.S. citizens, it is possible to receive a tax break on your airfare. If interested, please call the ASAP office with your credit card information. After you have selected your flights, Nathanael will coordinate purchase of the tickets with ASAP Ministries. Then, ASAP Ministries will charge your credit card for the purchase price of the tickets, and this will appear as a tax-deductible donation to the “Mission Trip Fund” on your receipt.
  5. Need a visa? Starting October 1, 2022, US citizens do not need to apply for a visa to enter Thailand. A tourist visa is only needed for those wishing to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days or longer than 90 days within a six-month period. 
  6. Visit the CDC website or consult with your healthcare provider regarding recommended immunizations.
  7. Pay your mission trip fee (you will be notified of the deadline upon approval of your application). You may pay by check or by credit card, either online or by calling the ASAP office at 269-471-3026. 
  • If paying online, go to the Give page on the ASAP Ministries website; in the “Designation” dropdown box, select “Other.” Then, enter “2023 ASAP Thailand Mission Trip” in the field that appears.
  • If mailing a check, send the mission trip fee to the following address: ASAP Ministries, PO Box 84, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Dress Code

We want to dress in such a way that the people of Thailand can see Jesus through us and not be distracted in any way by what we wear.

  • Men should wear long pants and short- or long-sleeve plain shirts with collars. They may also opt to wear loose fitting scrubs.
  • Women should wear loose skirts or dresses at least two inches below the knee and short- or long-sleeve modest, loose-fitting simple shirts. They may also wear capris, dress pants, or loose fitting scrubs.
  • During orientation and off-days, shorts may be worn.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Travel to Thailand During Covid-19

What are the entry requirements for Thailand?

Currently, travelers entering Thailand are not required to show Proof of Vaccination or COVID-19 test results. All travelers can freely travel to Thailand without any COVID restrictions.

Please visit the U.S. Embassy in Thailand Covid-19 information page to view the Thai Ministry of Health's full Covid-19 guidelines (e.g., masking requirements, etc.) and travel requirements. 

Will the travel insurance that ASAP provides for this trip cover Covid treatment and quarantine expenses?

Yes, your medical expense benefit is the same, regardless of your illness. It is a reimbursement policy, meaning you will pay for treatment upfront and request reimbursement later. 

Will I get a refund for the mission trip fee if I test positive for COVID or have to cancel my trip? 

The mission trip fee is refundable, with the exception of a $75 administrative fee.

Questions?

Please direct all ASAP mission-trip related questions to Angy Plata at angy.plata@asapministries.org.