Authorities have appointed four electronic payment providers to distribute vouchers: Octopus Hong Kong, AliPayHK, Tap & Go and WeChat Pay HK. The distribution methods vary between Octopus and these last three electronic payment methods. Registration for the program opens July 4.
Here’s everything you need to know to get the coupons you can spend them on.
1. Who can apply for the vouchers?
All Hong Kong residents aged 18 and over as of June 18 are eligible.
Applicants must also meet a residency requirement, which means anyone who has stayed outside of Hong Kong continuously for 24 months prior to June 18 is not eligible. There are, however, specific exceptions to this rule, including those who study abroad, are hospitalized abroad or perform professional functions for the government.
Newly arrived migrants from mainland China and people sponsored by a Hong Kong permanent resident are also eligible.
The government hired a contractor to perform random checks on people who signed up to ensure they are eligible for the document.
2. How can I apply?
The registration period lasts six weeks from 6 a.m. on Sunday July 4 until August 14. You can register for the expense plan either electronically or on paper. You will receive an SMS once your registration is confirmed.
You can register on the government website online platform, and in order to do this, you will need to provide your name, HKID number, a contact number and the choice of the electronic payment service provider through which you wish to receive your money.
For people who already signed up for last year’s HK $ 10,000 cash distribution program, you can register this year by answering two security questions – the last four digits of your phone number or the last five digits of the bank account you received the money through – and providing a copy of your HKID.
You can access a request form via the website, post offices, public land offices, social assistance centers or information centers of the Ministry of the Interior.
You can then drop off your paper application along with a copy of your HKID at around 560 different collection boxes across the city, including post offices and branches of participating banks including Bank of China, Bank of East Asia, Hang Seng Bank. , and HSBC from July 5. You will only be able to submit your case during office hours.
You cannot apply by post.
5. When will I receive the voucher?
The vouchers will be distributed in two installments for all three electronic payment services, while those who choose to receive the vouchers through Octopus will receive payments in three installments.
When you get the first payment depends on when and how you sign up. If you apply electronically between July 4-17, you will receive HK $ 2,000 on August 1. You will then receive a second payment of HK $ 3,000 on October 1.
For AliPayHK, Tap & Go and WeChat Pay HK: If you apply electronically as of July 18 or on paper, you will receive the first payment by September 1. You will then receive your second payment of HK $ 3,000 on November 1st.
For Octopus: For those who choose to receive their money via Octopus, you will receive the sum in three installments.
If you apply electronically between July 4 and July 17, you will be able to receive HK $ 2,000 from August 1 at Octopus service points in the city. You will then be able to receive an additional HK $ 2,000 from October 1.
If you apply electronically from July 18 or on paper, you will be able to receive HK $ 2,000 from August 1 at Octopus service points in the city. You will then be able to receive an additional HK $ 2,000
You will then be able to receive the remaining HK $ 1,000 on the 16th of the month after you have fully spent the first HK $ 4,000, as you spend the money within four to seven months of receiving your first payment.
6. How can I receive my vouchers?
For AliPayHK, Tap & Go and WeChat Pay HK: the payments will go directly to your electronic wallet. The amount will be held in an account separate from your other funds. You can then choose to spend the voucher money when you use your chosen payment method at local merchants.
For Octopus: You can receive the voucher through Octopus in the same way you receive the government travel subsidy program, by tapping your Octopus at different payout points across town. These include service points in 7/11 and OK convenience stores. The amount of the voucher will not be differentiated from other funds loaded on the card.
7. What can I spend the vouchers on?
Since the vouchers are designed to increase local spending, you will be able to spend your money at local merchants. This means you won’t be able to use the money to pay for utilities, including your gas or electricity bill, public tuition, parking fees, or fines.
You also won’t be able to use the money to buy things from overseas-based online merchants, or donate them to charity.
8. Will the coupons expire?
For AliPayHK, Tap & Go and WeChat Pay HK: the first payment of HK $ 2,000 has a validity period of five months, while the second payment is valid for three months. This means that the entire HK $ 5,000 will have the same expiration date: December 31st for those applying before July 17th and January 31st, 2022 for those applying after.
You can either spend the money however you want during the five-month period, or you can choose to wait until the full amount is paid out and spend it all at once later.
For Octopus: you will be able to spend your first 4,000 HK $ over a period of seven months. Once you have used the HK $ 4000, you will be able to receive the remaining HK $ 1000 from the 16th of the fourth month or the following month, whichever is later.
You will also receive an SMS within the first four months to spend your money before the last HK $ 1,000 payment.
There is no spending limit for the third installment, but you will only be eligible if you spend your first HK $ 4000 within seven months.
The government has also set up an 18,000 hotline for requests related to consumption vouchers.