A passport processing company called Peninsula Visa is offering their customers a new service. The California-based visa and passport processing company announced a new service for passport production.
Peninsula Visa this time accepts Bitcoin as a form of passport payment through its company. It did so when the U.S. Department of State opened services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peninsula Visa started the service with an official announcement on Friday (11.06.2020) local time. The company is based in San Jose, California and will offer payment methods through Bitcoin to its customers.
This bitcoin payment option is used for certain passport creation services. Peninsula Visa works with Coinbase Commerce, a well-known payment service provider.
By using this service, future customers can renew their passports and make name changes in addition to the applications for the second passport. Eligible US citizens or citizens who wish to obtain a US passport will therefore receive a passport package.
U.S. citizens under the age of 16 may have a Master Passport booklet in the form of a card valid for 10 years and another passport valid for 4 years.
Peninsula Visa chief operating officer Evan James said it was very appropriate now that the US State Department has resumed overseas travel.
According to Kanalcoin.com report, James said, “Giving travelers the ability to pay with Bitcoin feels like taking the right step at the right time.”
Previously, nearly all 26 US State Department passengers scattered across the US and Puerto Rico were severely affected. This is because government offices and services closed in March after preventing COVID-19 from spreading across the country.
Peninsula Visa Delayed Passport Processing
The closure of government offices and agencies delayed the entire passport processing process and accumulated. At least one million passports accumulated on September 23, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
However, as of November 3 last year, US government agencies and services appear to be up and running, particularly the State Department. The reason is that the State Department has promised to process passports for 10-12 weeks according to standard requests.
At the same time, the procedure for urgent requests must be processed in the State Council for at least 4-6 weeks. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, people applying for a passport were able to quit their jobs within at least a week.
In addition to government services, the aviation industry has started providing payments through Bitcoin to obtain international airline tickets. This is done to reduce the risk of direct payments.