UPDATE MARCH 2022: Linking of HES Code with Istanbul Card is no longer required when using public transportation.
Following the mandatory use of HES code, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality took the necessary steps for the new period of linking HES codes with Istanbulkart. After January 15th, Istanbulkarts without a linked HES code cannot be used on public transportation. Card users can enter their personal information together with their HES Code at the website provided at this post. Linking the HES code to the card can be done easily by entering the required fields on the website.
What Is HES Code? During controlled social life conditions, HES (Hayat Eve Sığar – Life Fits Into Home) code helps you safely share your Covid-19 risk status with institutions and individuals for activities like transportation or visit. Shared HES codes can be checked through the app or services provided to institutions.
via SMS to 2023 Type HES, your nationality (shortened), passport serial number, year of birth, and last name. Leave a space between each item. Send an SMS to 2023.
Besides, For foreign nationals with no domestic GSM number, HES Code can be received with passport information by sending an SMS to +90 555 944 3821 including HES, nationality, passport serial number, year of birth and surname, respectively and with interspaces.
How to Use? You can share your generated HES codes with institutions or individuals directly or via mobile app. Institutions or individuals can check if you have any risk in terms of Covid-19 just by checking the HES codes you already shared. Similarly, you can check the HES codes shared with you to see the risk status of other individuals.
What Is HES Code For? For instance, you will share your HES code before the travel (by plane, train or bus). Therefore, it will be possible to check the Covid-19 risk of all passengers through the shared HES codes and risky individuals will be restrained from travelling. You will be able to protect yourself in this way. Also, if you have traveled with people who do not have any risks during the trip but who have risky situations later within 14 days, you will be contacted for provision of healthcare and guidance.
Is It Safe? HES codes are singular codes generated specially for you. You have the full authority and control on generated HES codes. Instead of a static number like National ID Number, you can generate unpredictable and special codes for every share or you can delete them. You can set time limits for your HES codes, therefore even if you forget about them, you can still control your shares. Besides, thanks to HES code, you will not have to share your personal data such as National ID Number.