12 April Friday

The first step is taken to turn istanbulkart into an international shopping card

A goodwill protocol was signed between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality affiliate BELBİM and Interbank Card Center to integrate İstanbulkart with TROY. Thus, the first step was taken for using istanbulkart as a shopping and debit card.

In addition to that, İstanbulkart will be able to be used for withdrawal and deposit transactions from all ATMs, without the need for a bank card. It will be transformed into an international prepaid card that may be used at more than 50 thousand ATMs and approximately 2.4 million payment points around Turkey and at 190 countries, 2 million ATMs and more than 42 million points around the world.

The first step was taken in order for İstanbulkart, that is developed by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's affiliate BELBİM AŞ, to be used in domestic and cross-border shopping. A goodwill protocol was signed between BELBİM AŞ and Interbank Card Center (ICC) to integrate İstanbulkart with TROY. Transactions can be made with TROY, which is a domestic and national payment system, from all ATMs and POS devices. 

İstanbulkart Transforms Into “City Life Card”

With İstanbulkart, that was initiated in 2007, Turkey has switched to electronic payment system for the first time in public transportation. Afterwards, on December 18th, 2015, an official authorization was obtained from the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA), to transform İstanbulkart into a " City Life Card" to be beyond being a transportation card and to be used in all payments. Thus, İstanbulkart was in the first place made compatible with the payment system at İSPARK, IMM Social Facilities, cafeterias and kiosks that belong to BELTUR. Now it starts to be used in Turkey and in the world.

Facility of Payment, Anywhere with Troy-Featured İstanbulkart!

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality took the initiative for “İstanbulkart”, currently having 18 million active users, to be used in all businesses. A goodwill protocol was signed between BELBİM AŞ and Interbank Card Center (ICC) on March 28th, 2019. With this protocol, İstanbulkart will be integrated with TROY payment system. Payments made from POS devices with credit or debit cards will also be compatible with İstanbulkart. Citizens, having İstanbulkart in their pockets, will be able to make payments in all places of business such as markets, restaurants, cafeterias just like they pay the public transportation fee. The shopping payments that is done with İstanbulkart will be processed as a single payment. The works for TROY-featured İstanbulkart are planned to be finalized by the end of this year.

It will be used in All ATMs

If you have an İstanbulkart, you will not need to carry your bank cards. With its TROY feature, withdrawal and deposit transactions will be possible from all ATMs around Turkey. It will be possible to withdraw the balance amount within İstanbulkart account as cash from the nearest ATM.

Cross- Border Shopping will Also be Available with İstanbulkart

When the works are finalized, İstanbulkart will be transformed into an international prepaid card that may be used at more than 50 thousand ATMs and approximately 2.4 million payment points around Turkey and
at 190 countries, 2 million ATMs and more than 42 million points around the world.

With İstanbulkart's integration with TROY, that is a domestic and national payment method, it is aimed to keep the financial gains of public transportation and payment transactions within the borders of the country and to establish a world class payment tool by using completely local software infrastructure that is valid at all points.

 

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