Tencent is working with the Chinese government to create a WeChat-based electric pass system that would facilitate travels between Hong Kong and the mainland, local media is reporting.

By linking identity documents to the WeChat app, travelers could cross the border with simple code and face scans based on an E-card scheme powered by biometric data. With the E-card ID system, users someday might be able to check into hotels and set up bank accounts if regulators approve, the company said.

Travelers between Hong Kong and the mainland are required to have special permits, similar to visas, even though being the part of the same country.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.