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How to get HES Code for tourists in Turkey?

Please check our other post Why do you need a HES Code in Turkey? to learn what it is and why you need one.

This post is for how to get it.

  1. It would be best if you have a Turkish sim card or use a Turkish mobile phone*.
  2. Send an SMS to 2023
  3. Tourists who do not have a Turkish Republic or foreign identification number starting with 97, 98, 99: Type HES, your 3 character nationality code, passport serial number, year of birth, and last name. Leave a space between each item.
  4. Example: HES RUS 123456789 1981 ALEXEY
  5. Once you have submitted it, you will get the code back in a few seconds.

If you are not sure your nationality’s 3 character code you can check it from https://www.iban.com/country-codes

That’s it now you can register your HES code to your IstanbulKart from https://kisisellestirme.istanbulkart.istanbul/


  • For foreign nationals with no domestic GSM number, HES Code can be received with passport information by sending an SMS to +90555 944 3821 including HES, nationality, passport serial number, year of birth and surname, respectively and with interspaces.