Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced that Hong Kong eligible permanent residents aged 18 and over will get HK$5,000 worth of electronic consumption vouchers in 2023. Speaking while announcing the budget for 2023-2024 on Wednesday, Chan said that the vouchers will be disbursed in two instalments: HK$3,000 in April 2023, and the remaining HK$2,000 in mid-2023.

Non-Hong Kong residents who are in the city to study or through different admission programmes will receive vouchers worth HK$2,500. However, foreign domestic helpers are not included in the scheme.

This is the fourth year that the Hong Kong government announced vouchers to boost the economy. In 2020, residents received HK$10,000 via transfers to their bank accounts. In 2021 and 2022, the government created e-wallets for residents to receive digital vouchers worth HK$5,000 and HK$10,000. They can also receive their vouchers on their Octopus cards.

Non-permanent residents were eligible for the scheme when the second round of the 2022 vouchers were distributed in August 2022.

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