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Before you go

Everything you need to know before your trip!

If you're returning from a trip, make sure you check out our on your return section.

Briefing Days

'To Do' List

Flights, Visas and Passports

Paying for Your Trip

Travel Advice

What to Take


Briefing Days

Briefing days are an invaluable way to inspire and equip you for your trip. You will be given details on the context and background of your trip, as well as information on staying healthy and safe, and you will have the opportunity to meet with others who will be joining you on your trip, which is often the beginning of lasting friendships. Importantly, we will also spend some time focusing on God and preparing spiritually. We encourage you to attend this briefing two months ahead of your trip.

Briefing day dates 2017
All Briefing Days run from 10.30am to 3pm.

Dates to be confirmed.


'To do' List

Download this handy list of key tasks that you need to do in order to prepare for your trip – it includes when each task needs to be done by. Please read through this list carefully to ensure that you get everything done on time!

We will provide you with all the forms that you need to complete and return to us. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Flights, Visas and Passports

Flights & visas
Open Doors will book your flights and submit your visa application for you. We work with a company who specialise in travel for charities – they do charge a small fee, but we have found it more cost effective to use them.

Open Doors will arrange your travel insurance through our travel insurance company. We take out specialist, comprehensive insurance that covers a range of scenarios that other insurers do not cover.

Passport requirements
Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return, has two blank pages and is machine readable.

If your passport doesn’t match these criteria, apply for a new passport immediately and let us know that you are doing so. Once you’ve got your new passport, inform us of your passport number.

We recommend that you scan your passport and email a copy of it to yourself, in case you need to access this whilst overseas (e.g. if your passport is lost or stolen during your trip).

See the government website for more information on passports.


Paying for your trip

We have made it really simple for you to pay for your trip.

Online Payments
This is our preferred method of payment, so if possible please pay online using the following details:

Account number: 23769593
Sort code: 20-97-48

Please let us know when you have made a payment.

Cheque payments
Please ensure the following:

  • Make sure all cheques are payable to 'Open Doors'
  • Write your name and trip name and month on the back
  • Post to Travel Team, Open Doors, P O Box 6, Witney, OX29 6WG

Please note that your cheque will be processed on the day we receive it; we are unable to hold cheques so please ensure you have cleared funds available in your account. This will help us to avoid bounced cheques (which will incur charges).

Credit/debit cards
Call us on 01993 777300 and we will be happy to process the payment.


Travel Advice

For more advice on luggage, arrivals and departure, download our information sheet:


What to take (and what to leave behind)

Not sure what to pack? Download our information sheet: