Hongkongers who registered to receive consumption vouchers via their Octopus cards will receive the last instalment of HK$1,000 starting on Thursday.
Eligible Octopus cards will only be credited with the final instalment if the holder has spent the HK$4,000 already handed out within the timeframe rules of the scheme.
About three million Hongkongers who registered their Octopus cards to receive their consumption voucher credits on August 1 were sent an SMS collection reminder on Thursday, local media reported.
Only those who have spent all HK$4,000 of their voucher on eligible purchases within seven months of obtaining the first instalment will be eligible to receive the third, starting on the 16th of the next month.
Spending on any local retail, catering and services are considered eligible, but items such as utility bills, payments to the government, education expenses, financial products and or donations are excluded.
Octopus card consumption voucher collection points – Click to view.
- Subsidy Collection Points under the Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme at MTR stations, Light Rail Customer Service Centres, designated piers and public transport interchanges
- All outlets of 7-Eleven, Circle K and Wellcome supermarket (including Market Place, Market Place by Jasons, Jasons ichiba and 3hreesixty)
- Octopus Service Points
- Octopus App (by tapping cards on mobile phones*)
- Android – NFC-enabled mobile devices
- iOS – iPhone 7 or newer models with iOS 13 or above, or connected with an Octopus Mobile Reader
In other words, consumers would have to spend the HK$4,000 by end of February next year at the latest, in order to qualify for the last instalment.
Unlike previous instalments, the last HK$1,000 can be used for payment of transport services and utility bills with no expiration date. It may also be converted to cash, if a user returns the Octopus card.
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