The Alternative to Visa & Mastercard in Iran

For swift, cashless transactions, the Iran Tourist Card is a prepaid Iran debit card under your name, accepted all across Iran, and instantly charged using competitive exchange rates in Iran

  • Complete application form
  • Pay flat fee of €20 per card
  • Charge your card with USD or EUR
  • Pick up your card at IKIA or in Tehran
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Why do I need to get an Iran Tourist Card?

International credit or debit cards are not accepted in Iran. This means you have to bring cash, conduct frequent exchanges and count out exact change.

Enter the Iran tourist card. An Iranian prepaid debit card designed for tourists and temporary visitors, the Iran tourist card is the best alternative for cashless transactions while you travel. You can instantly add funds to your card in your preferred currency and convert it to Rials (IRR) using competitive exchange rates in Iran. Each card is personalized and offers the following benefits:

Accepted Everywhere

More than 99% of merchants in Iran carry card readers

Reliable Exchange Rate

Get the most competitive rates for each charge/top-up

Instant Charge/Top-up

Real time charge/top-up with cash or bank transfer

Cash Withdrawal

Withdraw from any ATM, from any bank, all across Iran

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TAP Persia Welcome Package

Get your visa for free if you buy all your travel needs upon your arrival in Iran

Free Visa Authorization Code
24/7 Live Assistance

Travel Insurance
10,000 Euros coverage

Tourist Card
Debit card for payments

SIM-Card
50,000 Rials credit + 10GB internet

Airport Transfer
IKA to hotel in Tehran

€105.00

€90.00

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Free Personalized Itinerary

A tailor-made day by day plan based on your interests and budget

Iran Travel Insurance

Over €10K in medical, transport & legal coverage

Are Visa, Mastercard or American Express accepted in Iran?

No. Iran is a cash only country. This means you have to bring cash in USD or EUR, find the best exchange rates in Iran, conduct frequent exchanges and count out exact change. Using the Iran tourist car, you can make purchases at any vendor and withdraw cash from any ATM machine. Apply Iran tourist card for cashless convenience while you travel.

What is an Iran tourist card?

The Iran tourist card is the solution for those who want transparency, flexibility, and convenience in their financial transactions during their travel. The convenience of a debit card without the need to set up a bank account or fill out drawn-out paperwork. Track your financial transactions & account balance at any time online. Make a deposit using any currency, from anywhere, at any time.Card holders can withdraw any unspent amount of money left in the card after your visit. The Tourist Card is issued through Iran’s national banking network, SHETAB.

How do I add funds?

We will exchange your funds and transfer it to you on the spot. You can add funds through the following methods:

  • Method 1: Cash deposit (EUR or USD) anywhere in Iran.
  • Method 2: Online bank transfers (7% transfer fee)
  • Method 3: Change your money to IRR at an official exchange at the daily exchange rate in Iran and transfer it physically at Ayandeh Bank branch during operating hours.

What happens if I have money left on my card after my trip?

If you have any remaining funds in your account, refunds can be issued in the following ways:

  • Method 1: Receive EUR in cash anywhere in Tehran
  • Method 2: Bank transfer of EUR or USD (Additional 7% transfer fee)
  • Method 3: Exchange the remainder at a reputable exchange office at the daily exchange rate in Iran.

Is the Iran tourist card accepted everywhere?

The prepaid Iran debit card is accepted anywhere in Iran where bank cards are accepted which includes virtually all stores, restaurants, museums, hotels, attractions, kiosks and street vendors. Apply Iran debit card to make all transactions a breeze.

What do I need to sign up for an Iran tourist card?

Complete the Iran tourist card application with your name, email, passport info, passport scan & travel information. Let us know how much you’d like to deposit and how you’d like to add your funds

Do I have to pass a credit check?

No. We do not perform credit or background checks on applicants. We only use your information to verify your identity. Apply Iran debit card for instant approval.

What kind of info is in the welcome letter?

Along with your card, you will receive your account username/password, your card PIN further instructions on usage.

Where do you deliver?

We deliver to anywhere in Tehran for free, to IKIA with the purchase of an Iran pick-up tour, to all other Iranian cities for a fee of €5-9, and anywhere in the world for a fee of €30-60.

Where can I use my card to purchase goods?

The prepaid Iran debit card is accepted anywhere in Iran where bank cards are accepted including almost all stores, restaurants, museums, hotels, attractions, kiosks and street vendors. Apply for Iran tourist card to start seeing the benefits.

How much can I deposit?

You can have up to €2,000 or $2,000 in your card at any given time

Who provides the card card?

TAP Persia’s tourist card is provided by Mah Card. Their card is connected to Iran’s national banking network, SHETAB, and recognized by the Central Bank of Iran.

What kind of fees are there?

  • Issuance: €19.00 flat fee for each card.
  • Usage: No cash withdrawal fees at ATMs. No surcharges for any purchases or transfers.
  • Deposits: Cash & bank transfer deposits will be exchanged with daily competitive exchange rates in Iran. No transfer fees for adding cash funds, 7% transfer fee for online payments.
  • Refunds: Cash & bank transfer refunds will be exchanged with daily competitive exchange rates in Iran. Online refunds carry an additional 7% transfer fee.

What are the ATM fees?

There are no fees for daily withdrawals (max 2,000,000 IRR) and a negligible 0.001% fee for transfers.

Are there subscription or annual fees?

Each Tourist Card has a fixed fee of €19.00 to set up. Once purchased, the card is made active for the duration of your travel. If you think you might be staying for more than 30 days, contact TAP Persia before your application submission.

Are there any cancellation fees?

There are no cancellation fees. You may deactivate and dispose of the Tourist Card at any time. If any remaining balance is left in the card, you can withdraw the remainder in EUR or any other major currency by visiting the nearest exchange or by contacting TAP Persia customer support.

Do I receive any interest on my deposited funds?

No you do not. All unused funds must be taken out at the end of your trip.

What currencies do you accept?

We only accept deposits in EUR & USD. Apply Iran debit card for fast, cashless transactions throughout your journey.

What is the exchange rate in Iran when I make deposits?

The exchange rate in Iran fluctuates frequently. We will exchange your currency using the transfer day’s rate of exchange to Iranian Rials (IRR) and transfer it in real time. You can charge your card using USD or EUR. Apply Iran debit card for convenient and competitive exchange rate in Iran.

Can I add additional users to my account?

Due to safety reasons, there can be only one authorized user and PIN code for each Tourist Card. Your family, friends, companions would each have to get a Tourist Card of their own when they travel with you. If you are travelling with family, especially children, you can get a separate Tourist Card for each child above 13.

How much will it cost to replace my card?

If your card has been lost or stolen, you can get another card for an additional €19.00 flat fee for each card.

How do I check my balance?

You can check your transaction history and account balance by logging into your Mah Card account.

Can I withdraw cash?

You can withdraw cash up to 2,000,000 IRR from any ATM every 24 hours. Complete your Iran tourist card application and start seeing the benefits.

How do I apply for a refund?

Your application fee is non-refundable. Any money you have paid as a deposit to be placed on the card can be given back for a transfer fee. You can also visit a reputable exchange office and buy EUR or USD at the daily exchange rate in Iran with the remainder on your card (min 100,000 IRR should be left on card).

How do I get my PIN?

Your PIN is delivered to you in a separate envelope. For security reasons, we won’t include your PIN in the same letter as your card. If you haven’t received your PIN, please contact us and we will help you further.

How long does it take for a transaction to clear?

All transactions on card readers (POS machines) will go through instantly. Complete your Iran tourist card application and start feeling the difference.

Can I make online transactions?

Making online transactions requires a registered SIM card, which can normally be bought at the airport. Contact TAP Persia to help you purchase a SIM card.

How can I change my PIN?

Follow the instructions on your welcome letter. Visit any ATM, press the option for English, type in your PIN and follow the directory to change your PIN.

How long do refunds take to process?

Cash refunds can be processed and given back in Tehran within 24 hours. Please allow up to 7-10 business days for bank transfer refunds. You can also visit a reputable exchange office and buy EUR or USD at the daily exchange rate in Iran with the remainder on your card (min 100,000 IRR should be left on card).

Do merchants give receipts for purchases?

Yes. You should ask for a receipt every time your Iran tourist card is used. Most receipts will be in english.

Can I get a statement of my purchases?

You can check your transaction history and account balance by logging into your Mah Card account.

How long is it valid?

The Iran tourist card can be issued for 1 month to 1 year. It is normally valid for the duration of your visa. You can extend your 30 day Iran visa for an additional 60 days, so if you feel like you might stay longer, let us know in your application.

How long will it take to be delivered?

3 business days from the completion of your application. We deliver anywhere in Tehran for free & all other Iranian cities for a small fee. Complete your Iran debit card application to get your card asap.

I lost my card

If you are certain that your card has been lost or stolen, please contact TAP Persia support as soon as you can. We will handle the cancellation of your card and deliver a new card to you anywhere in Iran. Please note that renewal fees and delivery charges do apply.

I forgot my PIN

To reset your card PIN, please follow the instructions in the welcome letter or contact us for immediate assistance.Please note that your PIN is different from your website password.

I forgot my password

You will need to use the Forgot Password option on the card login page. Please note that your Mah Card PIN is different from your website password.

Disabled or blocked card

For security purposes, entering your PIN incorrectly more than 3 times in a row will result in your card being blocked and disabled. Please contact us if this happens.

What happens if I enter my PIN incorrectly?

For security purposes, entering your PIN incorrectly more than 3 times in a row will result in your card being blocked and disabled. Please contact us if this happens.

Is my personal information secure with TAP Persia?

As an online business, safety is built into the cornerstone of our enterprise. We encrypt all data transmitted through our website with multiple layers of security such as HTTPS and Transport Layer Security. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect your information and, most importantly, we do not sell, rent or distribute your information to any third part. Read more about the TAP Persia privacy policy.

What happens if I sign up and change my mind?

Your application fee of €19.00 is non-refundable. Any money you have paid as a deposit to be placed on the card can be given back.

Free Personalized Itinerary

A tailor-made day by day plan based on your interests and budget

Iran tourist card usage, terms & conditions

Usage Min usage: 0 IRR

Max usage: 300,000,000IRR every 24 hours

Exchange Exchange rate: Competitively calculated every 24 hours

Instant deposit: Use your card right after your deposit completion

Delivery City of Tehran: Free.

Other Iranian cities: Fee of €5-9 & 24-hour delivery

IKIA, upon arrival: Must purchase pick-up tour

Outside of Iran: Fee of €30-60 & 2-3 weeks delivery

Deposit Accepted currencies: EUR & USD

Min deposit: €100 or $100Max deposit: €2,000 or $2,000 limit

Fees Issuance: €19.00 flat fee for each card.

Usage: No cash withdrawal fees at ATMs. No surcharges for any purchases or transfers.

Deposits: Cash & bank transfer deposits will be exchanged with daily competitive rates. No transfer fees for adding cash funds, 7% transfer fee for online payments.

Refunds: Cash & bank transfer refunds will be exchanged with daily competitive rates. Online refunds carry an additional 7% transfer fee.

Withdrawal Min withdrawal: 100,000 IRR

Max withdrawal: 2,000,000 IRR every 24 hours

Transfer Min transfer: 100,000 IRR

Max transfer: 30,000,000 IRR every 24 hours

What is the difference between Rials and Tomans?

The official currency of the county is Iranian Rials, but prices are often written in Tomans. To convert the prices from Rials to Tomans, simply remove 1 zero

  1. Ex: 100 Rials = 10 Tomans
  2. Ex: 250 Rials = 25 Tomans

Learn Iranian numbers

Learn the Iranian number system for faster convenience while you make purchases throughout your travels.

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