|PART II - BEFORE COMING TO THAILAND
1. BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
1.1 Accompanied Baggage: Airlines give
a baggage allowance of up to 20 kilos for each adult on the
plane. If you have excess baggage and are charged for this,
you yourself will have to pay, and it is expensive. Sometimes
airlines are helpful in giving you an extra few kilos if you
ring and ask, explaining that you are emigrating.
Sending by sea is quite reasonable but will take from 4 to 8 weeks. It is not advisable to ship electronic items as import tax may be imposed on them (electronic goods cost less in Thailand than in Europe).
Clothing is very cheap to purchase in Thailand and the designs are comparable with the latest fashions in Europe and America.
2.1 Baggage and personal possessions insurance:
From experience of teachers already in Thailand, Traill International
School recommends that teachers take out insurance to cover
their shipping, baggage and possessions in transit.
2.2 Transit Insurance: You will be covered
under the school medical insurance scheme from the start of
your contract. Unit this point you may wish to consider medical
insurance to cover any unexpected emergencies from the time
you leave until this date.
2.3 Medical Insurance: From the date your
contract starts you will come under the school medical insurance.
This coverage is basic but will cover most of the costs of
routine illnesses. Medical care in Thailand is excellent with
some hospitals above and beyond the average European hospital.
- Reimbursement of hospitalisation
expense incurred outside Thailand, must be paid up-front,
and reclaimed later.
- This medical insurance does cover
limited outpatient treatment.
- Reimbursement depend upon character
of illness (differing %)
- To arrange for payment of medical
expense in the event of serious accident, please contact
the insurance company directly.
- For outpatient treatment, local
hospitals and clinics provide this. Most doctors speak English.
2.4 Professional Liability Insurance: Teachers
are sometimes concerned to know if they are covered for property
damage or personal injury to third parties whilst they are
working in their capacity as teachers e.g. a parent may suggest
a child has suffered injury whilst in the care of the teacher.
The school covers each teacher against such claims.
3.1 Passports: All travelers wishing to
enter Thailand must be in possession of a full, valid passport,
which has a MINIMUM of six months to expiry at the time of
entry. Once in Thailand, passports can be renewed at the British
Embassy (or other embassies appropriate).
3.2 Visas: Make sure you apply for a single
entry Non-Immigrant B Visa. Do not apply for it too early
for it must be utilised within 3 months. The first visa will
be valid for three months from the date of arrival. The extensions
of stay beyond that period of time will be applied for, once
you are here. If you are applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa
to Thailand at the Thai Embassy or Thai consulate in the country
in which you hold a passport, a Non-Immigrant Visa can be
granted to you immediately without any prior approval from
We suggest you use the consulates – they are quicker and more
efficient (i.e. Cardiff which is excellent). Consulates tend
to be much quieter than the London Embassy.
Call or write to the Thai Embassy or Consulate to confirm
what documents are required. Then apply by sending the documents
and passport(s) by registered mail to the consulate or embassy
along with the required fees. The school will send you a ‘letter
of guarantee’ which supports the issue of visas. If you have
not received this letter, call, fax or email to have one sent.
(Use fax if time is important and keep receipts. Post takes
approximately 8 days). You will not get a visa unless you
have a letter of guarantee from the school. You will need
birth and marriage certificates and 2 passport-sized photos
for each member of the family. The Embassy takes cash, not
cheques when calling in person. Postal orders only are acceptable
if applying by post. Please keep your receipt for reimbursement.
It is very important that you obtain a SINGLE ENTRY NON-IMMIGRANT
“B Type” VISA, extendible or non-extendible type, valid for
3 months. If you have any other visa you may be required to
take a trip outside Thailand at your own expenses to re-apply.
Any accompanying spouse who are not working or children will
require a “Non-Immigrant O” Visa.
3.3 Work Permit: If you haven’t already done so, please send
the following as soon as possible. The school must have them
in order to apply for your teaching license. Your license
may take up to several months to process.
- Photocopies of every page of your passport (yes, every
page) and those of all accompanying dependents. Please sign
every page on the bottom right.
- The ‘Personal Data’ form (s) sent to you to be completed
by each employee
- The Original of your Degree, Diploma, Teaching Certificate(s).
(Bring these with you, don’t send).
- One copy of your:-
- Marriage License (if applicable)
- Birth Certificate(s) of dependent child (ren) (if
- Twelve passports sized photos. Wear formal clothing (i.e.
jackets for male and female).
Please do not assume that Traill International School already has these documents.
We have to present the original of the Degree and Teaching Certificates to the Ministry. You will need to bring originals with you .
On arrival we will make immediate application for your work permit, assuming we have received your teaching license. We cannot apply for work permit until we have your passport to hand here – meaning you must have arrived. .
The school has a permanent member of staff who will work with you, once you arrive, to organize your Work Permit process. .
3.4 Dependent Children: Parents are advised
to ensure each dependent child has their own passport. They
will also require “Non-Immigrant O” Visas. .
4. THE FLIGHT OUT: We will purchase and arrange the
tickets for people traveling from their home base. .
You will receive the ticket before you travel, but we will inform you of flight details prior to this time.
If you intend to arrive in Thailand sometime before school starts please advise us by email of the date that you wish to arrive here by so that we can try to book a suitable flight. .
5. VACCINATIONS: You should consult you doctor and
have the recommended vaccinations before you arrive. They often take
place over a period of 8 weeks. You can of course have them here in
Bangkok for a reasonable cost.