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2.3M register for $5k e-vouchers for qualified residents

05 July 2021

By The SUN 

Online registration for the vouchers will be until Jul 17, for paper form, until Aug 14

There has been a surge in the number of people registering online for the $5,000 worth of electronic consumption vouchers which the government is giving away to qualified residents as part of its pandemic relief.

Reports say that as of this morning, Jul 5, a total of 2.3 million people have already Yesterday, a government statement said the number of registrants topped 1.5 million by about 7pm on the first day of enrolment.


This was despite an initial hiccup when the iAm Smart app, one of two ways of registering for the vouchers, became overloaded, causing long waits and error messages.

The government said things have returned to normal since, but still advised people not to rush as electronic registration will last until Jul 17, and until Aug 14 for those use the paper form.

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The scheme, which allows people to buy goods electronically on their smartphones or Octopus cards, is expected to cost the government around $36 billion and benefit about 7.2 million.

All permanent residents aged 18 and above (as of Jun 18, 2021), and have not been absent from Hong Kong continuously for the 24 months immediately before Jun 18, 2021 (unless for studies, hospitalization, or any other valid reason) qualify for the electronic vouchers.


Holders of HK ID cards who are on one-way permits, including dependants, will also benefit.

Octopus users can expect the $5k to be given in 3 installments

Entitled residents can opt to get the e-vouchers by using their personal accounts with Octopus, HKT’s Tap and Go WeChatPay and Alipay. They will be sent in two or three installments, depending on which account is used.


Those who complete their online registration on or before Jul 17 can expect their first voucher on Aug 1 after their eligibility is confirmed.

Those who choose to submit paper forms may drop the completed forms, together with a copy of their Hong Kong identity card, into the drop boxes at 560 collection points in different districts starting today, Jul 5.

The collection points include all post offices and designated branches of Bank of China, Bank of East Asia, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank.

For details, visit the dedicated website for the scheme or call the hotline, 18 500.
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