Cabinet highlights pre-ordering, digital format of stimulus vouchers

06/29/2020 04:13 PM
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The stimulus voucher. / CNA photo June 29, 2020
The stimulus voucher. / CNA photo June 29, 2020

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The Cabinet on Monday encouraged the public to pre-order the government-issued stimulus vouchers and to choose the digital format if possible to avoid long lines when they become available later this week.

For those who prefer paper vouchers, pre-orders could be made at major convenience stores in the same way as in the government-run purchasing program for face masks, Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) said at a press conference.

During the first round or pre-ordering July 1-7, eligible individuals can order the vouchers on the website https://3000.gov.tw/ or at convenience stores, Tang said.

The NT$3,000 vouchers, issued by the government to help boost the domestic economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, can be ordered by paying NT$1,000 on the website or at major convenience stores throughout the country, she said.

The vouchers can be collected July 15-31 at the convenience stores, and individuals will be required to present their National Health Insurance card or National ID Card, according to Tang.

The second round of pre-ordering is slated for Aug. 1-15, with the paper vouchers delivered Aug. 15-31 at the same outlets, she said.

Pre-ordering, however, is not the only option, as the paper vouchers will also be available at post offices throughout the country from July 15, with the government providing real time information on a website to show which post offices have supplies, Tang said.

Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (center right). / CNA photo June 29, 2020
Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (center right). / CNA photo June 29, 2020

According to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the government has printed 12 million sets of paper vouchers at a cost of NT$900 million.

The other option, to avoid long lines, is for people to register their credit card on the voucher program website, starting from July 1, and after they spend NT$3,000 at the designated stores, they will receive a refund of NT$2,000, according to the ministry.

The refund will also be provided to those who register and withdraw NT$2,000 in cash from ATMs of Taishin International Bank, CTBC Bank Co., or Cathay United Bank or who use stored value cards or mobile payment apps to obtain the vouchers, according to Tang.

Only Taiwan citizens and foreign spouses of Taiwan citizens are eligible to receive the stimulus vouchers.

More details of the stimulus program are available at https://3000.gov.tw/EN/News_Toggle.aspx?n=40&sms=9068

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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