Thailand Plans to Initiate E-Visa System Through Blockchain


December 21, 2019 10:59 pm

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Thailand is going to initiate blockchain to its Electronic Visa On Arrival (eVOA). Thailand’s new blockchain-powered eVOA system aims to increase and protect the digital visa application process and will soon be available for five million visitors from 20 countries.

The upcoming eVOA project is based upon the partnership with an Australian travel company named ShareRing and Gateway Services, an entity that owns the license to process eVOA for Thailand. According to the announcement, Thailand will initially roll out the blockchain-enabled eVOA service with a focus on visitors from China and India.

Tim Bos, CEO, and co-founder at ShareRing, said that E-Visa will streamline the process of applying for Thailand’s visa as its existing Visa On Arrival process is done at airports or land entry points in Thailand. He wrote an email to Cointelegraph stating that the process is paper-based and requires travelers to bring several documents like printed copies of their airline tickets, accommodation confirmation, and photos. 

The CEO also mentioned that ShareRing has been working with Gateway Services to enhance security, speed and the quality of this process. ShareRing is looking forward to the global expansion of its blockchain-based visa application system after completing its initial pilots. 

Bos added:

“We see this as a blueprint for possible expansion to other countries. It’s not a process that will be rushed though, as we need to make sure we get it right here before entering other countries.”

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