UnionPay International reaches QR code payment service cooperation with MTR
UnionPay app users will be able to take metro in HK by sanning QR codes
UnionPay International announced today that it has reached QR code payment service cooperation with MTR. In the future, UnionPay cardholders will be able to scan QR code via the UnionPay app or the MTR app after binding their UnionPay cards with the apps to take metro in Hong Kong, thus getting a more convenient travel experience.
To date, 19 million UnionPay cards have been issued in Hong Kong, and in recent years, UnionPay cards take up more than half of the newly issued credit cards. “UnionPay” is also the only international card brand in Hong Kong that provides mobile payment for debit cardholders. The MTR is the major public transport in Hong Kong with about 5.8 million passengers every working day. Through open tender, UnionPay International was chosen to be a digital payment service provider of MTR.
Cai Jianbo, CEO of UnionPay International, said that relying on the business foundation and innovative products in Hong Kong, UnionPay International will use its innovative products including the UnionPay app and UnionPay QR Code service to provide passengers with multiple payment services. UnionPay will continue to promote the “UnionPay” app in Hong Kong and Macau while constructing acceptance network in local public transport, so as to meet the local residents’ daily payment needs. Meanwhile, we will continue to optimize the convenience payment service for UnionPay app users in the mainland visiting Hong Kong, facilitating the interconnection of the Greater Bay Area. The UnionPay app offers its users one-stop cross-border payment service, and the app started providing services for customers in Hong Kong and Macau since this September. Customers in Hong Kong and Macau can bind their locally-issued UnionPay cards to the app to enjoy its services. Mainland cardholders visiting Hong Kong do not need to download multiple apps, instead, they can simply switch the app to the location of Hong Kong and then take the metro by scanning QR codes.
With the UnionPay app launched in Hong Kong and Macau, UnionPay continues to expand the acceptance scope of its mobile payment services in the Greater Bay Area. So far, the app can be used at thousands of merchants in Hong Kong, and over 10,000 more merchants will be able to accept UnionPay QR code payment by the end of this year. Hong Kong residents can also use the UnionPay app during their travels. To date, UnionPay mobile payment services is accepted in 42 countries and regions, and 9.5 million merchants in mainland China accept UnionPay QR code payment.
Taking the public transportation sector as an example, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, which was opened to traffic last month, supports a variety of UnionPay payment services such as UnionPay QuickPass, UnionPay app, and traditional card swiping. Cardholders can also tap their mobile phones to take the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Intercity High Speed Rail via UnionPay mobile QuickPass. Cardholders in Hong Kong and Macau can purchase train tickets at 12306 by paying with the UnionPay app. In addition, UnionPay QuickPass is accepted at a number of taxis and ramps in Hong Kong, as well as most of the parking lots and all bus lines in Macau.