Below are some examples illustrating the earliest dates on which registrants may register and receive payment in different scenarios:
The quickest and most convenient way for eligible persons to receive the payment, regardless of their year of birth, is to register electronically through banks and receive payment through bank accounts. As such, eligible persons who do not have a local Hong Kong dollar savings or current bank account in their sole name with any of the 21 participating retail banks should open one as soon as possible.
Eligible persons may register electronically through banks at any time during the registration period from 21 June 2020 to 31 December 2021. To avoid a large number of persons registering at the same time at the beginning of the registration period and hence affect the operation of the system and hold up the entire process, payment will be deposited to the bank accounts specified by the registrants starting from 6 July 2020 simultaneously for registration made electronically within the first ten days of registration (i.e. from 21 June to 30 June 2020).
Eligible persons may register electronically through banks at any time during the registration period from 21 June 2020 to 31 December 2021. Those who register electronically after the first ten days of the registration (i.e. from 1 July 2020) will normally receive payment through their specified bank accounts about one week after completing registration. As such, for electronic registrations received on 2 July 2020, payment will normally be deposited into the bank accounts specified by the registrants around 10 July upon verification.
Eligible persons who wish to receive payment by cheque must register through the Hongkong Post, either by completing an electronic form on the Hongkong Post’s website or by submitting paper form.
Eligible persons who choose to submit paper forms during the first six weeks of the registration must commence registration according to the respective batch by year of birth. The registration commencement period for each batch is two weeks. These registrants, together with those who register by submitting electronic forms (which may be submitted online at any time after commencement of the registration), will receive a notification from the Hongkong Post about two weeks after the end of the registration commencement period for their respective batch (by year of birth), informing them to collect their cheques in person at the specified post offices. Registrants will not receive payment earlier due to early registration or online submission of electronic forms.
Eligible persons who are under Batch 3 (by year of birth) may submit paper forms starting from 19 July 2020. Registrants in this batch, whether submitting electronic forms on the first day of registration or paper forms within the registration commencement period for their respective batch (by year of birth) will receive notifications of cheque collection starting from around 12 August 2020 upon verification. Members of the public who wish to receive payment sooner may consider making electronic registration through banks.
Eligible persons who submit registration forms after the first six-week batching period for commencing registration (i.e. starting from 1 August 2020) will normally receive payment or notifications of cheque collection about two weeks after submission of registration form.
A Hong Kong permanent resident who reaches the age of 18 on or before 31 March 2021 must meet the eligibility criteria at the time of registration. As such, he/she may register as soon as he/she reaches the age of 18.
The eligibility date for the Scheme is 31 March 2021. Registrants should be aged 18 or above on or before that date. As such, those who were born on or after 1 April 2003 are not eligible for registration under the Scheme.