Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu: Sales of high-speed trains will begin on the second day of Ramadan. However, train tickets can be bought from the mobile application and website or tolls without contact. Tickets will not be sold from the call center and agencies. Ticket sales will be carried out with the HES (Hayat Eve Sığar) code through the information systems database of the Ministry of Health in order to examine the status of passengers regarding COVID-19.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu noted that thanks to the decrease in the speed of the epidemic, the normalization process of life will begin, and at this point the normalization process in rail transportation will be carried out together with the measures.
Minister Karaismailoğlu stated that the border gates and restrictions imposed within the scope of the new type of coronavirus outbreak measures have many socioeconomic effects and at this point, the Government took important measures to combat the virus.
Underlining that a significant distance has been made in combating the virus thanks to the measures taken, Minister Karaismailoğlu underlined that measures have been taken for many sectors in order to reduce the effects of the pandem in socioeconomic terms and that the normalization process of life will begin thanks to the decrease in the speed of the epidemic; At this point, he noted that the normalization process in the transportation of railways will be started and the process will be carried out together with the measures.
“Tickets will be sold in 50% capacity appropriate for social distance and cross order by jumping on the seat”
Minister Karaismailoğlu reminded that the city lines such as Marmaray and Başkentray did not stop the flights in this process and added that the number of flights will be increased gradually. Explaining that they have started their preparations for voyages on conventional and high-speed train lines, Karaismailoğlu said, “The sale of tickets for high-speed trains will start on the second day of Ramadan. However, train tickets can be purchased first from the mobile application and website or tolls without contact. Tickets will not be sold from the call center and agencies. Ticket sales will be carried out with the HES (Hayat Eve Sığar) code through the Ministry of Health information systems database to examine the status of passengers regarding COVID-19. "There will be no sale of tickets to those who are impaired by the health authorities or who are unable to obtain an HEPP code." Minister Karaismailoğlu, who stated that they will initiate YHT flights on May 28 by paying attention to the social distance rules and isolation, stated that the measures will be taken for the social distance within the train for the first time, and that the passenger train ticket sales will also be sold at 50 percent capacity in line with the social distance and the ticket will be sold in a cross-order order by jumping seats. he underlined.
'' High Speed Trains Will Make A Total of 16 Expeditions a Day ''
Due to the restriction of intercity trips against the risk of COVID-19, YHT interrupted its flights outside Marmaray and Başkentray as of 28 March 2020, underlining that only YHT flights from the main and regional train services will be launched as of 28 May 2020. He will make a total of 28 trips per day on the Ankara-Istanbul, Ankara-Eskişehir, Ankara-Konya, Konya-Istanbul lines as of 2020. Minister Karaismailoğlu also said that there will be frequent warning announcements to maintain social distance in trains.
New Rules to be Applied in YHTs
Some rules will apply in the "transition period". These are as follows:
- YHTs will carry passengers with 50 percent capacity.
- Unmasked passengers will not be taken to trains. Passengers must come with their masks.
- Passengers will get tickets in advance. It will only sit on the seat they bought. He will not be able to travel on another seat.
- There is no change in ticket prices.
- There will be disinfectant on the trains.
“Travel Permit and HEPP Code Submission Required for YHT Travel”
Karaismailoğlu also stated that the back seats of each wagon in YHTs will be reserved to isolate the passengers suspected of coronavirus during the travel process. The travels of those who cannot submit this document during the check will be canceled and the ticket fees will not be refunded. In the process from the arrival of the passengers to the train to the train, the passengers will be supervised by the relevant personnel in order to maintain the social distance. ” Noting that the train sets will continue to be disinfected before and after the voyage, Karaismailoğlu also said that the first aid bags of the stewardesses on high-speed trains will have masks and gloves.
What is HES Code and How to Get It?
Health Minister Koca stated that travels can now be made with HES code, and the acceptance of passengers to domestic flights with a feature that will come to the “Hayat Eve Sığar” mobile application will be provided with HES code control. The risk status of all passengers on the flight will be inquired through the HEPP code 24 hours before the domestic flight. ” Minister Koca said, “Individuals will be able to show that they do not have risks, are not sick or in contact, through this Hayat Eve Sığar application. We are going to practice first in intercity transportation. You will be able to travel by plane and train using the code you will receive through the mobile application. ” said.
What is HES Code?
HES code is a code that will be produced with a feature that will come to the “Hayat Eve Sığar” mobile application. Based on this code, a priority screening will be made and it will be decided whether the passenger is accepted or not. Plane and train travel can be made using this code.
Minister Fahrettin Koca; The addition of the HEPP code, which will be produced individually, has been made mandatory as of 18 May 2020. For the HES code inquiry, the passenger ID number (TCKN, Passport etc.), contact information (both phone and e-mail fields) and date of birth will be entered correctly and completely as required fields.