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Virus tracker ID required for Istanbul public transport

Subway cards should match unique contact tracing code

Emin Ileri   | 15.01.2021
Virus tracker ID required for Istanbul public transport

ISTANBUL 

Passengers who use public transportation in Istanbul will require the country's coronavirus contact tracing HES code as of Friday.

According to a circular issued by Turkey's Interior Ministry, the cards used for subways and public buses will be paired with the unique code that will determine a person's likelihood of having caught the COVID-19 infection.

Those transportation cards in Istanbul that are not matched with the HES code will be invalid as of Friday.

High-risk passengers will not be allowed to board.

There are over 34 million Istanbulkart users, according to the municipality data.

*Writing by Merve Aydogan in Ankara

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