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Everything you need to know about the Consumption Voucher Scheme

Plus all the best places you can spend them at

Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung
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Phase one of the 2022 Consumption Voucher Scheme (CVS) is set to roll out on April 7 to eligible Hongkongers. And if you're itching to go on a shopping spree, then you've come to the right place. Here's a quick guide on how and when the vouchers will be disbursed, what you need to do, along with our top recommendations on some of our favourite shops in town!

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2022 Consumption Voucher Scheme

Who is eligible for the new round of CVS?

All Hongkongers who successfully received the 2021 consumption vouchers, regardless of which stored value facility (SVF) they registered with are eligible for the new round of CVS. If you did not register last year, you may do so when Phase two of the 2022 CVS is launched. More details will soon be announced.

When will the consumption vouchers be disbursed?

AlipayHK, Tap & Go, WeChat Pay HK

For phase one, those who successfully registered for the 2021 CVS via stored value facilities such as AlipayHK, Tap & Go or WeChat Pay HK will automatically receive $5,000 in their accounts on April 7, 2022, so there's no need to re-register.

Octopus

Meanwhile, those who collected their vouchers last year through Octopus cards will be able to first collect $4,000 on April 7 by tapping their previously registered cards at designated channels.

For the remaining $1,000, you will be able to collect it on the 16th of the following month once your spending has reached $4,000 by specified dates between May to October. This means that if you have spent all of $4,000 by May 31, you may collect the remaining $1,000 on June 16 at the earliest. Click here for more details on disbursement dates for Octopus cards.

Note that Octopus cards are subject to a maximum stored value of $3,000, so users will need to tap their cards several times to collect their disbursed vouchers.

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What if my AlipayHK, Tap & Go, or WeChat Pay HK account is no longer working?

If the SVF account used for collecting last year's consumption vouchers is now invalid, you can amend your SVF account registration record by submitting an application form, which you can download here. Complete and sign the form together with a copy of your valid Hong Kong Identity Card and send it to the below address by post. No postage stamp is required.

Consumption Voucher Scheme Secretariat,
GPO P.O. Box 185000,
Hong Kong

If the request for amendment is received after March 25, the government will follow up with the relevant SVFs. But expect there to be a delay in receiving the consumption vouchers.

Also, note that a change of SVF is not allowed for Phase I. You can only use the same SVF registered under the 2021 CVS to receive the vouchers. 

What if I've lost my Octopus card?

Hongkongers who have lost their previously registered Octopus cards, or if their card no longer works, can change their registration record here. You will then be able to use another Octopus card to collect the vouchers. The old Octopus card will automatically become invalidated. For JoyYou cardholders, call the Octopus hotline at 2969 5500.

 

If you have more questions, head to www.consumptionvoucher.gov.hk for more info.

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