During the last week, a number of bitcoiners have been discussing Venezuela’s Administrative Service for Identification, Migration, and Foreigners, also known as SAIME accepting bitcoin payments for passport applications and renewals. A number of crypto journalists couldn’t confirm whether or not it is true, but evidence shows that SAIME was and still might be accepting bitcoin for passport services.
The authority in charge of issuing Venezuela’s passports shows that it was accepting bitcoin (BTC) for applications and renewals at some point last week. The rumors started when Ronny Martínez and a few others started tweeting screenshots of the payment service.
“The payment platform SAIME enabled payments with bitcoin (BTC) while the option of payments with credit/debit cards [are] coming soon,” he said. Martínez also tweeted a photo from SAIME’s Instagram account which shows the organization will accept petro for passports as well.
The SAIME notice published on Instagram reads:
“Dear user, you selected payment with cryptocurrencies. Please keep in mind that you will only have eight minutes to complete the transaction, so we recommend that you have your payment method on hand and facilitate the process without problems. Thanks for your understanding.”
In addition to the Instagram photo, and tweets from Martínez, Bitcoin Core developer Jimmy Song tweeted about the situation and confirmed that SAIME enabled payments with the platform Btcpay.
“[The] Venezuelan government is using Btcpay server to accept bitcoin for passport application payments. The same software is being used by [the Human Rights Foundation] to accept donations to subvert governments like Venezuela. If this doesn’t show that bitcoin is the money of enemies, I don’t know what does,” Song wrote.