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 FAQs

What factors should I consider when choosing the appropriate insurance plan?

In choosing the appropriate insurance product and coverage amount, you should consider your own protection needs and personal financial situation.

What is an insurance policy contract made up of?
Insurance Policy Contract comprises of the policy document, the Application Form and any written statements or declarations recorded by the insurance company in respect of the policy.
What is the difference among Whole Life Insurance, Endowment Insurance and Term insurance?

Whole life insurance offers lifelong protection and savings up to age 100 to the insured. Premium will usually not be changed after the policy has come into effect.

Endowment insurance has a fixed covered period and savings is the main feature. It will pay the sum assured if death occurs during the covered period. Different from term insurance, if the insured is still alive at the maturity date of the policy, he/she will also receive maturity value of the policy.

Term insurance provides life insurance protection to the insured for a specific period but does not contain any savings feature. The insurance company will pay the sum assured if death occurs during the covered period. However, if the insured is still alive at the maturity date of the policy, no proceeds will be provided to the insured by the insurance company. Premium for this type of insurance plan is usually the lowest out of the 3 types of insurance.

What is a rider in a life insurance plan?

A rider is a supplementary benefit attached to the basic policy. The purpose of purchasing a rider is to increase the protection amount and coverage, including accidental, critical illnesses, hospitalization, and waiver of premium benefit. A rider cannot be purchased on a stand-alone basis and must be attached to a basic policy. If the basic policy expires, the rider will also be terminated.

What are the common benefits provided by individual accidental insurance?

Individual accidental insurance generally provides the following benefits:

Accidental Death Protection: a lump sum is payable to the beneficiary if the insured dies due to an accident.

Accidental Disability Protection: a claim is payable in accordance with the degree of the disablement due to an accident.

Accidental Medical Expenses Protection: funds are payable for the medical treatment of the bodily injuries of the insured caused by an accident.

Accidental Hospital allowance Protection: hospitalization allowance is payable during the period of the insured’s hospital confinement for medical treatment of bodily injuries caused by an accident.

What are the differences between medical insurance and critical illness protection?

Medical insurance usually provides medical expenses protection and hospital income protection. The medical expenses protection provides medical expenses reimbursements during the insured’s hospital confinement for medical treatment due to illness or injury. The hospital cash protection provides cash allowances based on the daily allowance and duration of the insured’s hospital confinement.

Critical Illness Insurance provides a lump sum when the insured is diagnosed of any of the critical illnesses listed in the benefit provision.

What are Waiver of Premium Benefit and Payor Benefit?

Waiver of Premium Benefit is a supplementary benefit to an insurance policy, waiving premiums otherwise payable while the insured is totally disabled, complete inability to engage in or continue to work for reward in any occupation, business or employment as a result of sickness or accident. In order to keep the insurance in force, the premium should continue to be paid until a written waiver notification is issued by our company.

Payor Benefit is a supplementary benefit to an insurance policy, waiving premiums otherwise payable till the payor reaches age 60 or the maturity of the premium payment period or the insured reaches the designed age (whichever is the earlier), while the payor dies before age 60 or complete inability to engage in or continue to work for reward in any occupation, business or employment as a result of sickness or accident. In order to keep the insurance in force, the premium should continue to be paid until a written waiver notification is issued by our company.

What is Utmost good faith?

Trust is the essence of insurance contracts. As one party to a proposed insurance contract, the insurer relies upon the insured to reveal to the insurer all material facts about the risk, whether these are requested or not. This is a duty upon the proposed risk. A material fact is one which would influence the mind of a prudent underwriter in deciding whether to accept a risk and what terms to apply.

Points to note when filling in the Application Form

The Application Form has to be filled in and signed by the applicant and the insured. If the insured is a junior, the application has to be approved and signed by the statutory guardian. The points to note when filling in the Application Form include:

  • Make sure that all details in the sections of Applicant, Proposed Life Insured and Beneficiary have been completely and accurately filled in; and
  • Clearly fill in the names of the Basic Plan and any Riders, Sum Assured and product class; and
  • Clearly fill in the Currency, Payment Mode and Dividend Option; and
  • Supply true answers to the Health Details section, which is the most important section, to avoid any future disputes about future claims; and
  • The Application Form has to be signed by both the Applicant and the Insured.
What should I do after receiving my policy?

When you receive your policy documents, you should:

  • Read the content and provisions carefully, and promptly raise any queries with us;
  • Keep the policy documents in a safe place because when a claim arises, you are required to submit all policy-related documents to us;
  • Tell your family members that you are insured and where you keep the policy documents;
  • Notify the insurance company immediately of any material changes such as change in correspondence address, occupation or health;
  • Review your policy regularly to ensure that the coverage can keep up with inflation and is sufficient to cover your needs.
When can I receive the Policy Maturity Amount after submitting the application for Policy Maturity Amount?

We will process the request upon receipt of the completed《Request for Policy Maturity Form HK-CS-FIN-02》and the amount will be paid only on / or after the maturity date (applicable for application submitted before maturity date). Upon receipt of all necessary documents, we will process and arrange the payment within 14 working days.  

If you would like to learn more about the processing time of value withdrawal and relevant information, please visit our web page Customer Service → Payment And Collection → Collection.

If a PRC client selected the Demand Draft as the settlement option, how he/she can collect the Demand Draft?

We offer three methods of collecting the Demand Draft as follows:

  1. Policyholder/Insured/Beneficiary comes to our Hong Kong Customer Service Center in Wan Chai to sign & collect the Demand Draft in person;
  2. Policyholder/ Insured/ Beneficiary signs the attached authorization letter with the reason for not collecting in person. The authorized person should come to our Hong Kong Customer Service Center in Wan Chai to sign & collect the Demand Draft on behalf of him/her;
  3. Demand Draft will be mailed to the correspondence address of the Policyholder/Insured/ Beneficiary in Mainland China unless China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Limited is provided with the reason for not collecting the Demand Draft in person on the Special Payment Arrangement Request Form.

* Remarks: Please check with the local bank whether it can provide demand draft clearing service before application.

What are the important notes that the PRC client should pay attention to before applying for the Demand Draft?

To avoid the Demand Draft from being dishonoured by Local Bank, PRC client is advised to confirm the following before application:

  1. The Payee must have a Foreign Currency Savings Account in PRC Bank of China(BOC)whilst he/she does not have bank account in Hong Kong;
  2. Client needs to check the local branches information on the website of PRC BOC;
  3. Client needs to call or visit the local branches to confirm whether the related branch can provide the Demand Draft clearing service.
What is the automatic premium loan interest rate of our insurance products?

The automatic premium loan interest rate of our insurance products is 7.00% per annum.  For specific products, i.e. (C199)Rainbow Age (5 Year) Whole Life Plan (SE) and (C208)Superior Wealth (5-year) Whole Life Plan (SE), the automatic premium loan interest rate is 2.25% per annum.  Please note our company may review and adjust the interest rate from time to time, our latest information shall prevail.

What is the loan interest rate of our insurance products?

The loan interest rat of our insurance products is 7.00% per annum. Please note our company may review and adjust the intrest rate from time to time, our latest information shall prevail.

What is Self-certification on Tax Residency ?

CRS has been in effect since 1 January 2017. Under CRS Ordinance, all financial institutions in Hong Kong (including China Life Insurance (Overseas) Company Limited Hong Kong Branch) are required by law to perform due diligence on account holders, and to obtain self-certifications form and/or further information from account holders in order to document the tax status of the account holders. Please update us your CRS status within 90 days after you have received our notification. If you do not update us your CRS status within the above deadline, we would be required to submit the existing records in our company to Inland Revenue Department.


The Common Reporting Standard (CRS), a FATCA like regime, is a global standard for countries to exchange information about offshore accounts. It aims to prevent offshore tax evasion by giving countries transparency about offshore financial assets. It was developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), encourage the government from different countries to obtain the details of account information from their financial institutions, and to automatically exchange such information annually with the tax jurisdictions of the place of residence of account holder. CRS applies to both individuals and legal entities. For details of activated exchange relationship for CRS information, please visit here.

FATCA CSR

How does CRS work?

Financial institutions are asked to identify customers’ tax residencies and report financial accounts held directly or indirectly by foreign tax residents to Inland Revenue Department of Hong Kong, who then exchange the information.

 

CRS Workflow
What does CLIO do?

CLIO identifies customers’ tax residencies. Then we report financial accounts held directly or indirectly by foreign tax residents to Inland Revenue Department of Hong Kong.

What does it mean for customers?

If the customers are affected by CRS, we will ask customers to complete a self-certification form that includes his/her tax residency. If there is any circumstances change on customer’s tax residence and they will affect CRS classification, then customers will need to let us know as well as complete a new self-certification form.

 

To download a “Self-Certification” form, please visit our index page of Form Servicing in "Forms Download" webpage.

Are there any penalties for breaching the duty?

Under section 80 (2E) of the Inland Revenue Ordinance, any person who, in making a self-certification makes a statement that is misleading, false or incorrect in a material particular, and that the account holder knows, or is reckless as to whether, the statement is misleading, false or incorrect in a material particular, he shall be guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to a fine at level 3 (being HKD 10,000)

Any questions?

For more details see the OECD website or contact your tax advisor.

Who is Insurance Authority (“IA”)?

The IA is a regulatory body independent of the Government and the industry. Empowered by the Insurance Ordinance (Cap. 41), the IA's principal function is to regulate and supervise the insurance industry to promote the general stability of the insurance industry and protect policyholders.

What is a premium levy (“levy”)?

Levy is made by the Chief Executive in Council under Section 134 of Insurance Ordinance (Cap. 41).  The levy will be imposed on policyholders and collected by insurers to remit to the IA in order to support the operational cost of IA.

When will the Insurance (Levy) Order come into operation?

The Insurance (Levy) Order will come into operation on 1 January 2018.  All policies with policy inception date on/after 1 January 2018 will be required to pay the levy.  For all existing policies that premiums are required to be paid, levy will be collected from the Policy Anniversary Date in 2018.

When do I need to pay levy?

Policyholder must pay levy together with premium. 

What if I do not pay the levy on time?

Policyholder must pay levy together with premium.  If the Policyholder does not pay the levy on time, the IA may impose on the policy holder a pecuniary penalty of up to HK$5,000. The IA may recover outstanding levy as a civil debt due to it.

What is the levy rates prescribed under The Insurance (Levy) Order?

The amount of levy is calculated as a percentage of premium.  The levy rates prescribed under The Insurance (Levy) Order on life insurance policies are as follows:

Empty Policy Date / Policy Anniversary Date
begins in the following period
Levy Rate Yearly Levy Cap* (HK$)
Phase 1 1 January 2018 - 31 March 2019
(both dates inclusive)
0.040% 40
Phase 2 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020
(both dates inclusive)
0.060% 60
Phase 3 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021
(both dates inclusive))
0.085% 85
Phase 4 1 April 2021 onwards
(date inclusive)
0.100% 100

 * Except HKD, other currencies are translated at the exchange rate applicable at the date of the transaction.

Example 1

The next Policy Anniversary Date and Premium Due Date of Ms. Chan’s policy is 1 February 2018.  The annual premium of the policy is HK$9,000.  In the policy year of 2018 (i.e. Phase 1), the amount of levy payable for the premium due of 1 February 2018 is calculated as follows:

(Required Premium) HK$9,000 x (Levy Rate) 0.040% = HK$3.6

Given that the yearly levy cap in Phase 1 is HK$40 and the calculation result of the amount of levy payable for Ms. Chan’s policy is within the cap level, the amount of levy payable for the premium due of 1 February 2018 is HK$3.6, and the total payable (including premium and levy payable) for Ms. Chan’s policy is HK$9,003.6.

Example 2

The next Policy Anniversary Date and Premium Due Date of Mr. Lee’s policy is 15 March 2018.  The annual premium of the policy is HK$150,000.  In the policy year of 2018 (i.e. Phase 1), the amount of levy payable for the premium due of 15 March 2018 is calculated as follows:

(Required Premium) HK$150,000 x (Levy Rate) 0.040% = HK$60

However, as the yearly levy cap in Phase 1 is HK$40 and the calculation result of the amount of levy payable for Mr. Lee’s policy exceeds the cap level, the amount of levy payable for the premium due of 15 March 2018 is HK$40, and the total payable (including premium and levy payable) for Mr. Lee’s policy is HK$150,040.

Example 3

The next Policy Anniversary Date of Mr. Cheung’s policy is 12 May 2018 and the monthly premium is HK$15,000.  In the policy year of 2018 (i.e. Phase 1), the levy payable are as follows (HK$ applies to all amounts in below table):

 

Premium Due Date Required Premium (1) Levy Rate Levy (2) Total Amount (1)+(2)
12 May 2018 15,000 0.040% 6.00 15,006
12 June 2018 15,000 0.040% 6.00 15,006
12 July 2018 15,000 0.040% 6.00 15,006
12 August 2018 15,000 0.040% 6.00 15,006
12 September 2018 15,000 0.040% 6.00 15,006
12 October 2018 15,000 0.040% 6.00 15,006
12 November 2018 15,000 0.040% 4.001 15,004
12 December 2018 15,000 0.040% 0.002 15,000
12 January 2019 15,000 0.040% 0.002 15,000
12 February 2019 15,000 0.040% 0.002 15,000
12 March 2019 15,000 0.040% 0.002 15,000
12 April 2019 15,000 0.040% 0.002 15,000

 

  1. The yearly levy cap in Phase 1 is HK$40. From 12 May 2018 to 11 November 2018, the total levy payable is HK$36, hence the levy payable on 12 November 2018 is only HK$4.
  2. The yearly levy cap in Phase 1 is HK$40. Since the total levy payable from 12 May 2018 to 11 December 2018 have been accumulated to the yearly levy cap, Ms. Cheung is not required to pay any levy in the remaining months of the concerned policy year.
Can I pay the levy directly to the IA?

No.  As stipulated in the Insurance (Levy) Regulation, policyholder must pay the levy to the IA through the insurance company.

How would China Life (Overseas) deduct the required premium and levy from my payment?

We will deduct the required premium and levy from your payment and/or the premium suspense account of your policy.  In case your payment and/or the balance of the premium suspense account of your policy are insufficient to pay for both required premium and levy, we will settle the required premium only but not the levy.    

If I pay premiums by autopay, or dividend, cash coupons, guaranteed annuity payment or other automatic payment options, will China Life (Overseas) deduct the corresponding levy at the same time?

Yes. If you selected to pay premiums by automatic payment options, e.g. autopay, dividend, cash coupons and guaranteed annuity payment, we will deduct the required premium and the corresponding levy at the same time (unless it has been rejected by the Policyholder in writing). If you do not accept the aforesaid default arrangement, you may change the payment method to non-automatic payment options to settle the premium and levy. 

If I did not pay the premium and my policy is paying by automatic non-forfeiture options according to the policy contract (e.g. Automatic Premium Loan, Policy Deposit, etc.), will China Life (Overseas) deduct the corresponding levy at the same time?

No. If we have not received your premium payment and advance the premium due by automatic non-forfeiture options (e.g. Automatic Premium Loan, Policy Deposit, etc.) to keep the policy in force according to the policy contract, the corresponding levy on the premium due shall not be settled by the same non-forfeiture option, and you should make the levy payment by other means.  Your payment will be used to settle the overdue premiums and interest (if any) first, the remaining balance (if any) will be used to settle the levy.

I have applied for premium prepayment for my policy, will China Life (Overseas) notify me to settle the corresponding levy?

If you have prepaid premiums under your policy, your may refer to the “Payment Notice” which will be sent to you before the modal premium due date.  The levy payable will be specified in the notice.

Will China Life (Overseas) deduct the corresponding levy together with the premium from my bank account if I pay premiums by autopay? If yes, do I need to increase the withdrawal limit by filling out and submitting a Direct Debit Authorization Form?

If you pay premiums by autopay, we will deduct the required premium and the corresponding levy from your bank account at the same time.  You may seek advice from the bank or reset the withdrawal limit with the bank.

I have set a withdrawal limit on my autopay of premium payment, what should I do for the implementation of levy?

We will deduct the corresponding levy together with the required premium through autopay. If your withdrawal limit on autopay is not enough to pay the premium and levy at the same time, we suggest you to seek advice from the bank or reset the withdrawal limit with the bank if needed.

Will my policy be terminated if I failed to pay the levy?

No.  If you pay the premium without levy, policy will not be terminated. However, if the Policyholder failed to pay the levy in a timely manner, the IA may impose on the Policyholder a pecuniary penalty of up to HK$5,000 and may recover outstanding levy as a civil debt due to it.

Can I apply for addition of riders / policy changes if I do not pay levy?

Even you pay the premium without levy, in order to protect your policy interest, we still accept your application for addition of riders/policy changes. However, if the Policyholder failed to pay the levy in a timely manner, the IA may impose on the Policyholder a pecuniary penalty of up to HK$5,000 and may recover outstanding levy as a civil debt due to it.

Is there any impact on my policy coverage and return after the implementation of levy?

No.

Notes

The information and descriptions contained herein are provided solely for general informational purposes, they are not intended to be complete descriptions of all terms, exclusions and conditions applicable to the products and services; neither are they intended to provide professional legal advice. For complete details please refer to the actual policy or the relevant product or services agreement; for legal advice please consult professional advisor.