Due to the rationing of certain products in Syria, including oil-related items, and commodities such as tea, rice, and sugar, the government introduced a free smart card system. The smart card determines how much of each government-rationed product an individual or family may buy.
The state-run app, Way-in is for Android devices and helps smart cardholders by showing the available nearby fuel stations. After registering your smart card with the app, it also provides an easy way to check your monthly fuel allowance balance on your phone. However, it doesn’t have a points system like Stocard.
Where can I get Way-in?
You can download Way-in from reliable sources for free. Bear in mind, though, that the app is useless until you register your smart card with it.
Is Way-in safe?
The smart card program is a public-private partnership between the Syrian government and Takamol, a low-key private sector company. It’s not fully known how close the affiliation between the government and Takamol is, as there’s not much publicly available information on the latter. However, because users have to register to use the service, it’s widely assumed that Takamol has access to the data of millions of Syrians.
How do I use Way-in?
After installing Way-in on your Android device, you’ll need to register your smart card through it. When you want to buy a rationed commodity, you must first confirm your phone number through one of several channels, including the app. The amount of fuel you’ve just purchased will be deducted from your monthly allowance. Your updated balance will be shown in the app afterwards.
All rationed products—including fuel-related ones—can only be purchased from retailers that the Syrian government has approved. The Way-in app is helpful for finding out the location of the nearest fuel retailer, so it’s useful in avoiding running out of fuel for your car or for home heating and cooking.
It’s also useful for showing owner registered smart cards. Because smart cards are a government program, there’s no alternative to this app, which means it’s a necessary download.