Essential In Istanbul: Istanbulkart

You need to have an Istanbul Card in order to use the city transportation vehicles in Istanbul. To purchase an Istanbul Card, you can purchase it from authorized dealers or ticket machines that refill Istanbulkart for a card fee. In order to use the means of transportation, the HES code must be defined on the Istanbul Card. As of January 15, 2021, if there is no HES code, transportation vehicles such as buses, trams, ferries and marmaray cannot be used. Foreigners coming to Turkey can define the HES code on their Istanbul card as follows. Foreigners who are in Turkey as tourists should define the HES code on their Istanbul Card with their passport number. To get the passport number and HES code; HES leaving spaces respectively; You can get HES code for foreigners by typing nationality, passport number, birth year and surname (a space should be left between each word) and sending an SMS to 2023.

Foreign nationals living in Turkey can get the HES code with the foreign identification number starting with 99. It is obligatory for all foreign nationals who have come to Turkey as a tourist, as foreign citizen who has come to work or to study or live in Turkey, to obtain a HES code. Penalties can be applied to those who do not have a HES code.


All passengers who will travel to Turkey must fill in the entry form to Turkey with the result of the PCR test within 72 hours before travelling. Personal HES code is defined with the filled form.


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