Revenue Group teams up with UnionPay International for Health Declaration Certificate for M’sians travelling to China
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 22): Revenue Group Bhd is teaming up with China UnionPay’s subsidiary UnionPay International to provide a Health Declaration Certificate (HDC) application for Malaysians travelling to China via its recently launched super app — the wanna App.
In a statement on Tuesday (Feb 22), the cashless payment solution provider said the HDC is a health code that specifies an individual’s health and Covid-19 vaccination status.
It said the need for such a health code application in China came about as a result of the pandemic.
Currently, all foreigners must submit their applications for the HDC through China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs before they are allowed to enter the country.
Revenue Group said the wanna App is a multi-feature mobile app with a social messaging chat function (wannaTalk), e-wallet service (wannaPay) and food delivery service with several restaurants (wannaFood).
It has also added bill payment, telco top-ups and a retail marketplace (I wanna) that allow users to have a better experience and artificial chatbot (Tao) features to its list of services.
Through the partnership, the super app will also include the UnionPay Virtual Prepaid Card as a payment offering in the near future, in addition to what wannaPay offers now.
The UnionPay Virtual Prepaid Card will allow users to pay at over 100,000 merchant terminals in Malaysia and at more than 31 million merchants globally that accept UnionPay quick response (QR) code.
Revenue Group managing director and group chief executive officer Datuk Eddie Ng Chee Siong said the company expects a strong take-up rate for the wanna App.
“The rules for health code applications in China arise due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The wanna App will be the first and only super app in Malaysia that enables users to apply for the HDC once it is rolled out.
“We target to have one million users within a year. We expect the take-up [rate] to be positive as 78.7% of our population are fully vaccinated and more travel borders may open up this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, UnionPay International Malaysia and Brunei country general manager David Chong said the latest initiative to include the HDC and the UnionPay Virtual Prepaid Card in the wanna App will provide convenience and a seamless payment experience for Malaysian customers.
“UnionPay has been at the forefront to deploy QR code for payment at merchants in Malaysia and worldwide.
“Once international travel normalises, Malaysian residents will be able to scan QR code for payment at their favourite travel destinations like Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the UK and more,” he said.
At the time of writing, Revenue Group had shed three sen to RM1.58, valuing it at RM736.65 million.