Online Payment

Online Payment

  • Q1.
    Will my online payments for government e-services be affected if my computer has Internet security software installed?

    Given the wide spectrum of functionality of the Internet security software on the market, there is no definite answer to this question. So far, in the tests we have conducted for Kaspersky Internet Security software, we found that a window will show to prompt the user to switch to a protection mode during the payment process of some government e-services. If the protection mode is on, the system will display an error message [PAY-E-0000]. We recommend users to add government e-service webpages to Kaspersky before using the online payment function. Please refer to the following link:

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2018

    If you encounter other problems, please contact the corresponding departments for further support.

  • Q2.
    How do I pay for GovHK online services?

    GovHK online services generally accept credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) and PPS payment.

  • Q3.
    Who will receive my credit card or PPS information when I enter it for a GovHK online service?

    Your credit card or PPS information is captured by the payment service provider (e.g. EPSCO or a credit card acquiring bank). GovHK and the Government bureau or department that offers the GovHK online service cannot access such information.

  • Q4.
    What should I do if my browser does not respond during the payment process?

    The screen that prompts you to select payment method provides a Transaction Reference Number (TRN), with which you could check the status of your payment if you encounter any problems during the payment process. Individual services provide an online function for you to enquire about the status of your payment. Alternatively, you can contact the Help Desk of the service for assistance. Please ensure that your first payment has not been effected before proceeding to make a second attempt.

  • Q5.
    How do I find out if the Government has received my payment for the online service?

    After completing an online service, you should print and retain the acknowledgement page, which contains key information about the transaction or a reference number that allows you to check the transaction status with the relevant Government bureau or department when necessary.

  • Q6.
    How do I make PPS payments for GovHK online services? Do I need to register?

    When you make online PPS payments, you will need to input both your PPS account number and your PPS Internet password for each payment. Please visit the PPS website to find out how to register for a PPS Internet password, as well as details on browser compatibility and other technical information.

  • Q7.
    I have two Visa cards issued by different banks. Why is one card accepted for GovHK online services but not the other?

    At present, only Visa and MasterCard are accepted for credit card payment on GovHK online services. Some Visa card and MasterCard issuers do not support online payment, i.e. they issue credit cards mainly for retail transactions where merchants can check the physical card. Thus if your Visa or MasterCard is not accepted for a GovHK online service, please check with your credit card issuers to ascertain if they support online payment.

    On the other hand, both Visa and MasterCard offer additional security programs to give their cardholders extra protection when they make online payments. There is a possibility that your card issuer would decline your online payment request if you have not registered for these security programs. Please contact your card issuer for the registration. More details are also available from the Visa and MasterCard websites.

  • Q8.
    Does my computer system need to be of any specific configuration to perform credit card payments for GovHK online services?

    There is generally no system requirement. But if you have registered for Visa and MasterCard's security programs (i.e. Verified by Visa (VbV) and MasterCard SecureCode), you may need to enable your browser to accept cookies from your credit card issuer's website. You are advised to check with your credit card issuer if they have imposed any other specific system requirements.

  • Q9.
    I failed to make a payment when I was using a GovHK online service. The error message code was "PAY-E-9017". What should I do?

    The GovHK payment system makes use of the certificates issued by the Hongkong Post and your browser cannot recognise these certificates. Please visit the following page to download and install the Hongkong Post Root CA Certificates:

    If the problem persists after installing the Hongkong Post Root CA Certificates, please report the problem to the GovHK Help Desk at 183 5500 or email to

  • Q10.
    If the Government needs to refund to me the money that I paid via online payment, how will the refund be made?

    If the payment is paid by PPS, the department will normally issue a refund cheque to you. If the payment is made by credit card online, normally, refund can only be made to the credit card account that was used for the payment. Please note that if your credit card account has been cancelled when the refund is made, some card issuing banks may charge you for an administration fee before you can get back the money. It is not possible for the Government to check whether your credit card account is still active before making the refund because the Government does not know your credit card number.

  • Q11.
    When I use my credit card for payment, why am I sometimes required to enter a password for VbV (Verified by Visa) / MasterCard SecureCode and sometimes not?

    Currently, not all credit card issuing banks have participated in VbV or MasterCard SecureCode. Some issuing banks may also enable VbV or MasterCard SecureCode selectively, e.g. only for payment above a certain amount. In addition, some of the online services may not enable VbV or MasterCard SecureCode in certain situations for different reasons.

  • Q12.
    I am using Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) for Internet connection but I cannot access the payment function of GovHK online services. What should I do?

    At present, online payment by PPS and credit cards for GovHK online services does not support IPv6, thus it is not yet accessible to IPv6 users. If you want to make payment for GovHK online services, please ensure that you access the services via Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) connection.

  • Q13.
    What should I do if I encounter an error message [PAY-E-0001] during online payment or I cannot load the page for online payment?

    Connection interruption, session time out or interception software (e.g. Anti-virus software) may cause the payment page inaccessible, and the respective payment and online service incomplete. You can go back to the online service by clicking a link in the error message box [PAY-E-0001] or restart the online service direct.

    If Kaspersky Internet Security software was installed, we recommend users to add government online service webpages to Kaspersky before using the online payment function. Please refer to the following link:

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2018

    If other interception software was installed, please restart the online service and consider using other available payment methods.

Last revision date:May 2018
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