I plan to travel round Southeast Asia, and I will obtain a 60-day single entry Thai Tourist Visa in advance. However, on my first entry to Thailand, I only intend to stay a week or so (certainly less than the 30-day visa exemption period). It is on my second entry I would be in need of the full 60 day visa. Is it possible to enter on a visa extemption even if one has a valid visa?

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    How are you exiting Thailand the first time? The airline will want to see POOT (proof of onward travel). And immigration may want to it too, since you are claiming to leave quickly and then come back to use the visa.
    – user13044
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:16
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    Airlines check for POOT quite regularly for flights to Thailand.
    – user13044
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:25
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    2 & 3 don't work as POOT. My advice is based on flying a dozen times a year to and from Thailand, for many years now. But it is up to you to believe as you wish.
    – user13044
    Commented Sep 15, 2017 at 20:35
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    @Tom So if you're (legit) leaving overland, you need to buy a throwaway air ticket or get a visa? Timatic just says a return/onward ticket is needed, not that it has to be by air
    – Crazydre
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 4:35
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    @jacoman891 - my frequency of travel does not alter the rules for travel. I have a multiple entry visa and still get asked for POOT if my return is beyond my allowable 90 days.
    – user13044
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 5:27

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Yes you can.

When presenting your passport, if the officer sees the visa, tell them you're only staying for two weeks this time, and will use your visa next time you enter, meaning you're only applying for a visa-free entry this time.

You will then get the usual entry stamp letting you stay for 30 days.

During the inspection, make sure the visa isn't endorsed with a "used" stamp

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    Actually "checking immediately" would already be too late... If the visa is stamped, oops, too bad. Your advice to communicate with the immigration officer is the most important part.
    – user67108
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 3:41

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