As you know, from March 15, 2021, you no longer need to present a negative PCR test to travel to Turkey, but all tourists need to get a HES code. To do this, you must fill out an electronic form on the government website 72 hours before departure.
What is HES code
HES code (Hayat Eve Sığar) is a personal number that is automatically assigned to all foreign tourists when filling out a special questionnaire. You need to fill out the questionnaire no earlier than 72 hours before the flight to Turkey.
Such innovation is necessary in order to protect the health of tourists during their stay in Turkey, as well as in order to provide accurate information about the Covid-19 pandemic and so that people who have come into contact with those infected with Covid-19 can be found.
Children 2 years and older in Turkey require a personal HES code
What is a HES code for in Turkey and how can a tourist get it?
- For visiting museums and shopping centers
- To fly inside Turkey
- Ride intercity buses
- To use public transport
- To enter Turkey
- For visiting hospitals
To use trams and buses in Antalya, you must bind the received HES-code to the Antalyakart ticket or to your bank card, otherwise, it will be impossible to use public transport.
The HES code can be obtained in the following ways before traveling to Turkey:
1. Fill out an electronic form on the website of the Ministry of Health of Turkey
To do this, select the Russian language in the menu and fill in all the required fields. You also need to indicate which countries you have visited in the last 10 days. After filling in all the fields in the questionnaire, you will be automatically assigned a HES code. Print it out on a printer or save a screenshot on your phone. This e-form with a code must be shown when checking in for a flight at your airport and when visiting attractions and museums in Antalya.
2. Get a HES code on your mobile phone
If you already have a Turkish sim card, you need to send a free SMS to 2023 in the format HES RUS JJ1235 1995 Ivanov.
To receive a code for a SIM card of a Ukrainian or Russian mobile operator, you need to send a paid SMS message to the number +90 555 944 38 21 in the format: HES RUS TT1234 1980 Ivanov:
RUS – nationality in the passport
TT1234 – series and number of the international passport
1980 – a year of birth
Ivanov – surname
You will receive in response to your SMS message an SMS with personal codes and a link to the QR code, which must be saved.
3. Through the Hayat Eve Sığar mobile phone application (only for Turkish citizens or for those who have a Turkish residence permit)
4. Via e-Devlet Kapısı (only for Turkish citizens or for those who have a Turkish residence permit)
HES code is not needed
- For international flights
- For transit through the airports of Istanbul