In the recent Budget 2020, Minister Heng announced a one-time $100 top-up to the PAssion Card of all Singaporeans aged 50 years and above as part of the Care and Support Package. This benefit extends to the Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation seniors.
Eligible Singaporeans will receive a letter notification by April 2020, with instructions and further details on how they can redeem the top-up from May 2020 onwards. Singaporeans aged 50 to 59 years old in 2020 without a PAssion Card may sign-up online for a complimentary PAssion Card. Alternatively, they can visit the nearest community centre or community club for assistance.
Currently, eligible Singaporeans may be holding onto the 3 different types of PAssion Cards depending on their age range. They are the PAssion EZ-link Card, PAssion Silver Concession Card, and PAssion Silver Card (non-concession).
Here’s an easy reference for you to identify the differences between the cards:
Source: Ministry of Transport
Before we get into the use-cases for the $100 top-up, let’s find out the differences between each PAssion card.
What Is The PAssion Card?
The PAssion Card is a membership card of the People’s Association (PA). It was introduced in April 2005 with the purpose of offering unique, wholesome programmes and discounts with lifestyle merchants and partners.
PAssion membership includes exclusive privileges for courses, activities and programmes at Community Clubs, PAssion Card merchants and PA-run outlets, such as the PAssion WaVe (PAWV), an initiative to provide safe, affordable and exciting water sports and waterfront lifestyle activities for the community.
The PAssion membership also comes with contactless payment function. As the stored value is the EZ-Link wallet in your PAssion Card, you can use your PAssion card similarly to an EZ-Link, as in the following cases:
- Community Centre or PA-run outlet courses
- Public transport
- Motoring charges (e.g ERP, EPS, VEP)
- Retail and services payment (e.g. 7-Eleven, NLB)
- Earn TapForMore points at participating retail banners under Dairy Farm Singapore (Cold Storage, Giant, and Guardian)
How Is The PAssion Silver Card Different From The PAssion EZ-Link Card?
The PAssion Silver Card has additional Senior Citizen merchant benefits, discounts and privileges, on top of the same benefits as the PAssion card.
The PAssion Silver Card Programme, launched in December 2016, is an initiative under the Action Plan for Successful Ageing. It was spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport and People’s Association, with support from the Land Transport Authority and Singapore Business Federation, in a bid to encourage seniors to stay active.
The PAssion Silver Card comes as a concession and non-concession card. It is issued free to all Singapore Citizens aged 60 years and above. You can only hold either the PAssion Silver Card or PAssion Silver Concession card and not both. For the concession card, seniors enjoy additional senior citizen concessionary fares on public transport.
Age: The PAssion Silver Concession Card/ PAssion Silver Card (non-concession) is only for Singapore Citizens aged 60 and above. The PAssion EZ-link card has no age limits for application.
Membership Duration: PAssion Silver Cardholders automatically enjoy free membership, while PAssion EZ-link cardholders have to pay a membership fee for a 5-year card membership.
PAssion Silver Membership: PAssion Silver Cardmembers enjoy special privileges and benefits at community clubs, PA outlets and participating Silver merchant outlets on top of the benefits and discounts that PAssion Cardmembers enjoy.
PAssion Silver Concession: PAssion Silver Concession Cardholders enjoy concessionary fares on public transport. They can also complete pedestrian crossings that are fitted with Green Man + at an extended time.
What Can You Use The $100 Top-Up For?
The $100 top-up credit, which essentially goes into the EZ-Link stored-value wallet of your PAssion card, can be used for the following purposes:
- Purchasing groceries at supermarkets
- Eligible stalls at hawker centres and coffee shops
- Public transport
- Courses and facilities at People’s Association
- All EZ-Link merchants
EZ-link usage is wide-ranging, with many acceptance points spanning across F&B, public transport, government services, vending machines, ERP, EPS and VEP, and educational institutes amongst others.
Do You Need To Apply For A PAssion Card To Receive The Top-Up?
Yes. All Singapore Citizens aged 60 and above will receive PAssion Card benefits for free. Seniors who already enjoy concessionary fares on public transport will receive the new PAssion Silver Concession Card in the mail. This will replace the current purple Senior Citizen Concession Card if you are holding one.
Seniors who haven’t applied for concessionary fares on public transport will be invited to apply for the PAssion Silver Concession Card.
How Can Eligible Singaporeans Receive The $100 Top-Up?
There is no application needed for the $100 top-up as long as you are 50 years old and above in 2020.
Your letter notification will be mailed to those eligible for the top-up. It would include instructions on the nearest top-up touchpoint for you to claim your $100 credit. The top-up needs to be redeemed by 31 December 2021 and there is no expiry date to use the $100 received.
You may also appoint a proxy to redeem the one-time top-up, as long as they present the following documents at the designated top-up touchpoints:
- Your PAssion Card
- A copy of your NRIC
- The proxy’s NRIC or Passport