Tencent Holdings is working with the Chinese government to create an electronic pass system that smooths travel between Hong Kong, Macau and the southern province of Guangdong.
The unusual proposal would see multiple travel documents linked to Tencent’s WeChat app to streamline border crossings, the Shenzhen, Guangdong-based company said in a statement. With the ‘E-card’ ID system, users some day might be able to check into hotels and set up bank accounts if regulators approve, the company said.
Travelers between mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau are required to have special permits, similar to visas, even though they are part of the same country.
The E-card program will use a feature of WeChat known as “mini program” to allow users to link their Chinese ID card to their travel permits.
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