In this complete guide to the HES Code in Antalya, you will find all the information you need to understand, obtain, and use your HES Code in Turkey.
What is a HES Code? Where do I get my HES Code? Do I still need a HES Code? Where will I need to use my HES Code in Antalya? You will find answers to these questions below.
Before starting, don't forget that to travel in and out of Antalya, you will need a PCR Test in English. Find more information about the PCR test in Antalya.
What is a HES Code?
The Hayat Eve Siğar (HES) Code was created by the Turkish Ministry of Health in order to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases in Turkey.
It is a personal code used as part of the Covid-19 measures that tracks your contact with other people to alert you if you have had contact with a positive patient.
The HES code was used for entering Turkey, using public transport, visiting some tourist attractions, and other things.
Do Tourists need a HES Code?
No, tourists no longer need a HES Code when traveling to Turkey.
The HES code, which was automatically generated when filling out the entry form, is no longer required for entry into the country as of March 2022. In addition, the use of the code has been lifted in all institutions (see more below).
How Do I Get a HES Code as a Tourist?
Since March 2021, it has been mandatory to register online via Register.health.gov.tr 72 hours before entering Turkey. When registering for entry, travelers automatically received their personal HES Code in a confirmation. The personal HES Code was given as a QR Code and number on the top of the confirmation form.
Since you had to show the entry form and the HES code already at Antalya airport [AYT], we recommended that you print out the confirmation form with your HES code already at home or take a screenshot of the QR code and the number. By now, the entry form is all you need.
How Do I Get a HES Code as a Turkish Citizen or a Resident in Turkey?
If your mobile phone is registered by a Turkish mobile provider, you can send a SMS to 2023 with the specific details. Afterwards, you will receive your personal HES code in a SMS message.
Please be sure to send the details in this specific order and format:
HES [Space] Turkish ID number [Space] last 4 digits of the serial number of your Turkish ID [Space] Number of days you need the HES code
Here is an example of what it should look like: "HES 12345678901 1234 30"
Where Will I Need My HES Code in the Antalya Province?
As mentioned before, as of March 2022 you no longer need a HES Code to enter Turkey. The code was also needed for public transportation in Antalya and to travel using inter-city transport in Turkey (train, bus, plane).
In order to use public transportation in Antalya, you had to pair your HES Code with your AntalyaKart. In the next section of this article, you can find how to link them together.
In addition, your HES Code was also required to enter shopping centers, bazaars, parks, amusement parks, as well as most tourist attractions and museums in Antalya. This is no longer necessary.
Check our article on the full review of COVID-19 Rules in Turkey.
How Do I Link My HES Code to My Public Transportation Card?
To be able to use public transportation in Antalya, you needed to link your individual HES Code to your public transportation card.
Different public transportation cards cannot be registered with the same HES code. Here's how to do it with the AntalyaKart and Alanya KentKart.
Pair your AntalyaKart
You will see a screen with three input fields: HES code, passport number, and number on your AntalyaKart. Fill out the fields, click the box that you accept the terms and conditions, and then click the "Define" field.
After that, your AntalyaKart is paired with your individual HES Code.
Pair your Alanya KentKart:
To connect your Alanya KentKart to your HES Code, please visit this website:
Fill out the three fields: HES code, passport number, and number on your Alanya KentKart. Click the box that you accept the terms and conditions. After clicking the "Define" field, your Alanya KentKart will be linked with your personal HES Code.
Now you know what a HES Code is and how to get it. Please let us know in the comments if you encountered difficulties and ask us any related questions.
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