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Prior to 1 July 2017, elders aged 70 or above who hold valid Hong Kong Identity Card or Certificate of Exemption are eligible to use vouchers. With the Scheme enhanced in 2017, elders aged 65 to 69 holding a valid Hong Kong Identity Card or Certificate of Exemption can also use vouchers starting from 1 July 2017. Nevertheless, an elder who obtained a Hong Kong Identity Card by virtue of a previous permission to land or remain in Hong Kong granted to him/ her and such permission has expired or ceased to be valid is not eligible to use vouchers.

Save for the above arrangement in 2017, elders are provided with vouchers on 1 January from the year in which they become eligible under the Scheme (for example, an elder reaching the age of 65 in December 2019, he will be provided with vouchers from 1 January 2019). The annual voucher amount for each eligible elder and the accumulation limit of vouchers for 2009 to 2019 are as follows:-

Year

Annual voucher amount

Accumulation limit of vouchers

2009

$250

-

2010

$250

-

2011

$250

-

2012

$500

-

2013

$1,000

-

2014

$2,000Note(1)

$3,000 (from 1 January to 6 June 2014)
$4,000 (starting from 7 June 2014)

2015

$2,000

$4,000

2016

$2,000

$4,000

2017

$2,000Note(2)

$4,000

2018

$3,000Note(3)

$4,000 (from 1 January to 7 June 2018)
$5,000 (starting from 8 June 2018)
2019 $3,000Note(3) $5,000 (from 1 January to 25 June 2019)
$8,000 (starting from 26 June 2019)

Note:
(1) In 2014, the voucher amount of $1,000 was deposited in the voucher account of each eligible elder on 1 January and an additional $1,000 worth of vouchers was deposited in their account on 7 June.

(2) For elders aged 65 to 69 in 2017, the voucher amount of $2,000 was deposited in their voucher accounts starting from 1 July 2017.

(3) In 2018 and 2019, the annual voucher amount of $2,000 was deposited in the voucher account of each eligible elder on 1 January, and an additional, one-off $1,000 worth of vouchers was deposited in their account on 8 June 2018 and 26 June 2019 respectively.

 

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