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Venezuela’s government appears to be testing its ability to accept Bitcoin as payment for the issuance of passports and other official paperwork for citizens who reside outside the country.

Though the government of Nicolas Maduro has not issued an official statement on the matter, the option to pay in Bitcoin may be a response to recent difficulties that Venezuela has experienced in processing cross-border payments.

Rumors of the BTC payment option for passports first arose late last night, particularly on Reddit.

A photograph in the r/Bitcoin subreddit of the SAIME passport payment processing service which displayed Bitcoin as a payment option.

A photograph in the r/Bitcoin subreddit of the SAIME passport payment processing service which displayed Bitcoin as a payment option.

Earlier today Venezuela’s Sunacrip Press Chief Marbellis Linares said via Twitter that the Bitcoin payment option is not in fact “Functional” and denied reports of the service as false.

The BTC payment option appeared on the SAIME website this morning, several users in various countries confirmed via social media. However, the payment option has been blocked.

The option did not appear to be available to anyone within Venezuela, in which case the only acceptable payments are still bolivars.

The Venezuelan government has already enabled payments in petro for various public services, including paying for gasoline.

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