Thailand’s electronic visa issuing firms have partnered with blockchain startup ShareRing to issue Electronic Visa On Arrival (eVOA) using blockchain technology.
The initiative titled OneID, looks to enable millions of tourists to securely and easily apply for the Thailand travel visa online.
Details show that the project will run of the ShareRing blockchain platform – ShareLedger to provide secure records of sensitive information for short term visitors in the country.
Speaking on the ShareRing partnership, ShareRing COO Roghan Le page, said the platform is designed to offer speedy data collection, while streamlining the immigration process to eliminate expensive and time consuming requirements for travelers.
“We are providing our OneID product for Thailand e-VOA (Visa On Arrival) that allows 5 Million + travelers from 20 countries including China and India to complete the visa process on their mobile through our app. This provides a streamlined immigration process that negates the need for an expensive and time-consuming process when you get off the plane. Additionally, fraud is mitigated with several extra layers of security in the back end including our blockchain (ShareLedger) consensus model that makes all data immutable and all but impossible to hack.– ShareRing/OneID COO
ShareRing also showcases its OneID module for fast ID verification at immigration and hotel bookings; removing the need to wait longer hours scanning photocopies of passport and other documents before granting access or checking in.
Thailand’s eVOA was introduced early this year by the government to allow visitors apply for entry visa online and receive their eVOA by email before arrival into Thailand.
The Asian nation ranks as a top holiday destination, with about 38 million tourists visiting the country in 2018; which potentially means a huge number of travelers will utilize the blockchain visa systems.