Hong Kong residents and permanent residents who recently became eligible for the 2023 Consumption Voucher Scheme must register by June 27 to receive their digital vouchers this year.

The vouchers were first introduced in 2021 as a way to boost spending during the pandemic. They can be used at retail and food and beverage outlets, as well as on public transport.

Last month, Financial Secretary Paul Chan announced that Hongkongers who turned 18 years old, became residents or permanent residents, or arrived from the Mainland on or before May 29, 2023 can sign up to receive consumption vouchers worth HK$5,000 or HK$2,500, depending on their resident status.

Registrants whose applications are approved will get their vouchers in two instalments: the first on July 16, and the next on October 16. They can choose to receive the payments on one of six stored value facilities: Octopus cards or e-wallets such as AliPayHK, BoC Pay, PayMe, Tap&Go, and WeChat Pay HK.

Newly eligible Hong Kong permanent residents will get HK$3,000 on July 16, and the remaining HK$2,000 on October 16. Hong Kong residents who recently qualified for the scheme will receive HK$1,500 and HK$1,000 on each day, respectively.

Hongkongers who signed up for the initiative in 2022 will get their second instalments of their 2023 vouchers on July 16: HK$2,000 for permanent residents, and HK$1,000 for residents. However, if they wish to change their e-wallets or registration details, they should do it by June 27.

Click here to register for the 2023 Consumption Voucher Scheme.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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