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What are the eligibility criteria of Guangdong Scheme? What is the amount of assistance payable?

Social Welfare Department

With effect from 1 October 2013, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) introduces the Guangdong Scheme under existing Social Security Allowance (SSA) Scheme to provide Old Age Allowance for eligible Hong Kong elderly people aged 65 or above who choose to reside in Guangdong, to meet their special needs arising from old age. From 1 February 2019 onwards, eligible elderly people will receive a monthly allowance of HK$1,385.

An applicant is eligible for the Guangdong Scheme if he/she:

  1. is aged 65 or above; 
  2. meets the following residence requirements:
    1. has been a Hong Kong resident for at least seven years;and
    2. has resided in Hong Kong continuously for at least one year immediately before the date of application (absence from Hong Kong up to a maximum of 56 days during the one-year period is treated as residence in Hong Kong); 


  • Persons whose presence in Hong Kong is unlawful or persons who are permitted to stay in Hong Kong for a purpose other than residence (for example, imported workers or visitors) are excluded from the Guangdong Scheme.
  • In considering the residence requirement in (b) above, consideration can be given to disregarding absences arising from paid work or medical treatment outside Hong Kong during the one-year period, subject to there being sufficient documentary proof (and reason).
  1. continues to reside in Guangdong during receipt of the allowance under the Guangdong Scheme;
  2. is not receiving any other allowances under the Social Security Allowance Scheme or Comprehensive Social Security Assistance;
  3. is not under detention or imprisonment; 
  4. surrenders his/her public rental unit or delete his/ her name from the tenancy if he/she is an authorized public housing tenant; and 
  5. if the applicant is 65 to 69 year-old, he/she is having an income and assets not exceeding the prescribed limits as below: 
 Single PersonMarried Couple
Total income limit per month (HK$)$7,970$13,050
Total assets value limit (HK$)$343,000$520,000

Please click here for the application procedures of the Guangdong Scheme and payment arrangement. 

For other enquiries, please click here or call the SWD Guangdong Scheme hotline 3105 3266.

Last update: 28 Apr 2020
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