Iran Tourist Card
In the absence of international banking networks between Iran and the rest of the world, transferring money to Iran has become extremely challenging and expensive. This has also created enormous difficulty for travelers who visit Iran as they would not be able to use their International credit or debit cards in Iran. This has left them the only option of using cash when visiting Iran.
This Card is the solution for those who want transparency, flexibility and convenience in their financial transactions during their stay in Iran. The convenience of a debit card without the need to set up a bank account or fill out confusing and drawn-out paperwork. Mobile notifications/texts informing you of all financial transactions. Card charging using any currency, from anywhere, at any time. Iran VIP Tour Tourist Card (Mah Card) is accepted by Iranian vendors.
What are the Iran Tourist Card
Tourist cards are personalized temporary debit cards you can charge with any form of currency and use in any place that has a normal card reader anywhere within Iran. Card holders can withdraw any unspent amount of money left in the card after your visit. Iran’s national banking network, Shetab, issue the Tourist Card.
International Credit Cards in Iran ( Visa/ Master Cards)
Unfortunately no. Due to numerous banking sanctions, international banking is problematic for those visiting Iran. Your tourist card aims to fix this problem by providing financial solutions so you can charge your card either within or outside of Iran.
How to Start.
How do I sign up for MahCard?1.Create an account at iranviptour.com/iran-tourist-card/
2.Complete your profile
3.We will issue your card and contact you to confirm the delivery
How do I add funds to my card ? (Loading your card)When we deliver your card we give you the option to deposit your cash into your card. That is, we take your cash in a foreign currency and convert it to Iranian Rials and deposit the equivalent in IRR (Iranian Rials) into your card on spot.
At the moment we only accept cash in Tehran; If you wish to top-up your card in other cities, you can transfer money online, which includes %10 transfer fee. You can also exchange your money to IRR first and then transfer it to our account by going to any branch of ”Ayandeh bank” in Iran.
You will be asked to choose a payment method when signing up for MahCard.
What will happen to the money left on my card? (Refunds)At the end of your trip, if there are any funds left on your card, we give you two options to close your account:
We can organize cash delivery to your hotel or hostel and give you your remaining balance in cash (only in EUR). Please note, there’s a small difference between buying and selling rate of each currency which is about 2 – 4%.
Is MahCard accepted everywhere?MahCard is accepted anywhere in Iran where bank cards are accepted.
Physically all the stores, restaurants, museums, hotels and entertainment venues accept bank cards.
Bank cards in Iran are widely accepted even more than many European countries. Even small news kiosks and vendors on the streets are accepting bank cards with no minimum transaction amount.
You can also use MahCard for all online purchases by getting the second PIN from an ”Ayandeh Bank’s” ATM.
Can l load my card again while I’m in Iran?Yes. You can reload your card during your stay in Iran. At the moment we only accept cash in EUR and USD in Tehran. If you wish to top-up your card in other cities, you can transfer money online, which includes %10 transfer fee, or you can exchange your money first and then transfer it to our bank account by going to any branch of ”Ayandeh bank” in Iran.
Fees and charges
How much do you charge? (fees and charges )Our fee structure is very simple. We only charge you a €19.00 service fee and that’s it! There won’t be any fees for ATMs or surcharges for any purchases or transfers
Transfer Fees ?Cash
There are no transfer fees for loading your card with cash.
There is a 10% fee for online payments (credit/debit card payments)
There’s a slight difference between the buying and selling rate of the currency which is about 2 – 4%.