Payments Snapshot in Taiwan: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sector Impact

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Payments Snapshot in Taiwan: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sector Impact


The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak, dubbed COVID-19, is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting millions of people globally. The contagious Coronavirus, which broke out at the close of 2019, has led to a medical emergency across the world, with the World Health Organization officially declaring the novel Coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

The island nation is not currently under any lockdown, but its economy will be affected as it has significant trade exposure to China. The central bank has lowered the country’s GDP growth forecast for 2020 to 1.92%, down from the previous estimate of 2.57%.

In response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak, on April 2, 2020 the government announced an expanded stimulus package - taking the total to TWD1.05tn ($35.1bn). The package includes TWD81.6bn ($2.7bn) in subsidies for businesses to prevent job losses. The government also allocated TWD700bn ($23.4bn) in loans to businesses affected by the pandemic.

This report focuses on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on both the economyand the cards and payments industry in Taiwan. Based on our proprietary datasets, the snapshotprovides a detailed comparison between pre-COVID-19 forecasts andrevised forecasts of total payment card, debit card, and credit card transactions by value and volume. It also offers information on measures taken by the government to combat Coronavirus.


  • The pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on the country’s tourism and travel industry, with the government suspending all inbound and outbound tours operated by Taiwanese travel agencies until the end of May 2020. Reduced travel spending will also have a negative impact on the cards and payments industry. According to GlobalData’s 2019 Banking and Payments Survey, travel and accommodation accounts for 29% of total credit card transaction value.
  • Online spending is also likely to surge as wary consumers are staying home and using online channels to purchase goods. To avoid public contact and due to fears of shortages, consumers are increasingly opting for online channels in order to purchase daily essentials. Online payment solutions such as Alipay, Jko Pay, and PayPal are likely to benefit from this trend. Card issuers are also introducing reward programs to boost online card spending.
  • Although there will be an overall rise in debit and credit card transactions in 2020, the pandemic is set to hamper growth as wary customers will cut down on purchases of non-essentials. According to GlobalData’s revised forecasts, the number of card payments will grow by 5.0% in 2020, compared to the previous estimate of 7.6%.
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COVID-19 Update
Impact Assessment
Total Payment Cards Market vs. Pre-COVID-19 Forecasts
Debit Cards Payment Market vs. Pre-COVID-19 Forecasts
Credit and Charge Cards Payment Market vs. Pre-COVID-19 Forecasts
Supplementary Data
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