Our prayers for digital government vouchers were finally answered, albeit only momentarily, after the website crashed yesterday due to an influx of visitors. Silvio Schembri had suggested that the public download their vouchers onto their phones, and it seems one too many did so.
However, now that things should be back in order, how exactly do you download these vouchers, which become valid on the 7th of June?
It’s a bit of a process…
But it’s worth it in the end. Once you’ve either remembered your E-ID log in or reset your password and successfully logged in, you’ll be directed to the below screen. Input a 4 digit pin that will secure the web page, and see that circled “Download” button? That’s how you can download the web page onto your phone as an app.
Note that when typing your pin, it will appear as though the numbers are not appearing, but once you type in the 4 numbers of your choice, the 4 boxes will be marked. Click Activate Wallet when you’re ready.
Using the web browser or app makes no real difference, as you’ll then reach the below screen, where you re-type the 4 digit code you selected earlier.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll reach this home screen from where you can choose which voucher you want to make use of, by just clicking “View“.
You can then click “Use” to see what the voucher looks like or you can click “Transfer” in case you’d like someone else to make use of the voucher. Keep in mind that these become valid on the 7th of June and will expire on the 15th of September 2021.
Once you click “Use“, the voucher will show up as a QR code which would need to be scanned at the point of sale.
The people had spoken
Though opinions were split in a poll we’d held a month ago, the majority of people felt that at least the option of digital vouchers was necessary. Since not everyone is either tech-literate, or simply does not have access to a smartphone, it means that there will still be a need for printed vouchers.
Thankfully, the government has taken this into account, and anyone not wanting to use digital vouchers needs only wait and the vouchers will eventually be mailed to them. The obvious advantage of digital is that the vouchers are always with you, as long as your phone is nearby.
For the record, this vote ended 277 for digital and 127 for printed.
Will you be using digital vouchers or printed ones? Tell us in the comments!