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Can Foreigners Watch Football Games in Turkey with Passolig? How can They Get Passolig?

Firstly, we would like to remind you that, according to the normalization circular within the scope of the fight against Covid-19, which has just started to be implemented as of July 1, sports competitions are entered with the HES code and it is possible to attend the matches as spectators within the framework of certain rules. According to the new application, people who have completed the vaccination calendar have had the Covid-19 disease and who have been vaccinated with one dose of the vaccines provided by the Ministry of Health can join the football games in stadiums. Foreigners who complete the vaccination schedule determined by the Ministry of Health, for 180 days from the 14th day following the last vaccination date; people who have had Covid-19 can enter the stadiums for 180 days from the completion of the isolation processes. In addition, people between the ages of 12-18 can enter the stadiums with a negative PCR test taken within the last 48 hours. In this article, we will briefly talk about which ways to enter league matches with Passolig for foreigners who meet the necessary conditions.

How Can Foreigners Get Passolig?

In order to be a Passolig owner, you can apply through the Passolig mobile application or During the application, you must enter your nationality, passport number and all other details completely and correctly into the system. After the application stage and payment are completed, foreigners can receive their cards at the stadium entrance. In addition, the Passolig card is valid not only at stadium entrances, but also in many different areas such as shopping and public transportation.

If you have questions about foreigners having a Passolig, you can send them to us in the comments section.

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  1. Hello, payed and signed up to enter a game today, but probably won’t end up going to another game as heading back to England. Just wondering as I’m sure I read annually, will the card be auto renewed or is there a way I can cancel the card from doing that? Or does it cancel on its own. Because I don’t want the renewal to come round, and I don’t know about it. As I haven’t received an email about it either. Just want to know my options. Thanks!

  2. How to register into Passolig using my local phone number?
    We used 12 digit of phone number here but in the Passolig website, we only able to insert 11 digit of number.

  3. Anyone know of any updates on this situation ?
    Are those restrictions still in place for foreigners to watch a match? ie.. must have been vaccinated in Turkey, or have their vaccines approved by the Turkish Ministry?

    Any help would be much appreciated. I have plans to visit Turkey next month, and would love to watch a game.

  4. Yes i went to 2 games at fenerbahce in December i had 2 vaccines at the time, you need to apply for passolig card online forst collect at stadium and show your passport and proof of vaccination, do not use any of the touts trying to ‘help’ you outside.

  5. Hi. Me and my friends are visiting Istanbul in April and want to attend a couple of games. I’ve applied for a Passolig card and have already paid for it. My card acan be picked up at the Fenerbahce stadium. Can I buy tickets online with my Passolig card even though I don’t physically have it? Because if not, tourist can’t attend games. I can’t pick up the card until April when we arrive and by that time the tickets will be sold out. So how does it work – can anyone help me?

  6. Hello,
    I hace taken a Galatasarqy passolig cárd for error by mistake, because I didn’t knor that it was only for taken tickets of the club you’ve choosen. Is there a way to cancel that Card and do a new one? Or to get tickets for a Besiktas match with that GS passolig card?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello,

      Kindly ask you to contact passolig and get a detailed information via 08507243344.

      Thank you,

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  7. Hi,

    Im french, freshly arrived in Istanbul so excited
    I just got my passolig card in besiktas desk this morning and my deception is here.
    I just learned that if you are not vaccinated in turkey you can’t enter in a stadium
    I got my HES code, 2 vaccination of moderna but for the government it’s not Enough
    So disappointed
    Im here in front of the stadium but like a kid who can’t open his gifts 🎁
    If someone can help me pleaseee 🙏🏽
    I want to see fenerbahce tonight, same problem

      1. Did you find a solution ?

        I’m french too and I’m going to Istanbul next month.

        I was expecting to see some matchs.

        1. Yes i went to 2 games at fenerbahce in December i had 2 vaccines at the time, you need to apply for passolig card online forst collect at stadium and show your passport and proof of vaccination, do not use any of the touts trying to ‘help’ you outside.

          1. Hi how did you buy a ticket, when you picked your card up at the stadium.
            I am going next month and have applied for the Passo lig card to be picked up at the stadium but finding the app hard to purchase tickets with and want to make sure we are sat together too

    1. Hey, did u just buy the passolig card at the stadium? Or do I need to apply it online beforehand? Would love to watch the Besiktas vs Ajax match tomorrow. Cheers.

    2. Yes, I’m in the same situation. I went through a lot of trouble to get the Passolig card and got an email saying my ticket would be waiting for me at a Dec 12 game in Istanbul. Then a couple of days ago I got another email saying unless I could get my Canadian vaccination document certified by the Turkish government I wouldn’t get a ticket. The viagogo people say you just have to go on the national health website to do it. But that’s for people who are already part of the national health system and were vaccinated in Turkey.

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