Thailand, in collaboration with Australian travel company ShareRing and Gateway Services, plans to apply blockchain technology to its Electronic Visa On Arrival (eVOA), in a bid to prevent fraud and human error. Blockchain-enabled eVOA can prevent these issues and expedite the application process, which usually takes an hour to complete.
According to a press release, Thailand is developing the blockchain-enabled eVOA with Australian travel company ShareRing and Gateway Services, which has the license to process eVOA for the country.
With a focus on visitors from China and India, Thailand’s new eVOA system will reportedly streamline the country’s existing VOA process at airports and other immigration checkpoints.
Tim Bos, CEO and co-founder at ShareRing, said in an email to Cointelegraph that the paper-based VOA process requires printed copies of travel documents such as airline tickets, accommodation confirmation, and photos. Blockchain-based eVOA would help speed up such a process.
The ShareRing CEO noted that the company has been working with Gateway Services in order to improve security, speed, and the quality of the eVOA process, in which major fraud or mistakes can occur.
The blockchain-enabled eVOA by ShareRing uses self-sovereign identity technology OneID, which enables optical character recognition (OCR) and protects data by encrypting all the information into a single file on a blockchain.
Bos also disclosed that ShareRing plans to expand its blockchain-based visa application system to other countries.
“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,” he said.
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