President Tsai swiftly orders her spending vouchers, coffee

Remember to pick up your vouchers from July 15 to 31

TAIPEI (The China Post) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) stopped by a local convenience store on Sunday afternoon to order her share of the government-issued spending vouchers.

It was “quick and easy,” she said on Facebook before ordering a coffee.

The “Triple Stimulus Voucher” (三倍券), which can be used starting July 15 on a wide range of products, will help boost local spending to help make up for weakened consumption in the first five months of the year due to coronavirus outbreak.

Under the NT$50 billion (US$1.69 billion) program, which is not open to foreign residents unless they are married to a Taiwanese national, you must spend NT$1,000 to buy NT$3,000 in vouchers.

The initial pre-ordering period will run through Tuesday (July 7). Orders can be placed at convenience stores around Taiwan or on the website of the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) at https://3000.gov.tw/.

If you pre-order vouchers by July 7, you can pick them up at convenience stores near you from July 15 to 31 by showing your national health insurance card or national ID card.

The second stage of pre-ordering will run from Aug. 1 to 7.