Iran Tourist Card

Iran Tourist Card

TAP Persia Tourist 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. TAP Persia Tourist Card  is accepted everyone in Iran.

What are Tourist Cards?

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. The Tourist Card is issued through Iran’s national banking network, Shetab, and Saman Bank in partnership with Mah Card.

Who provides the Tourist Cards?

TAP Persia’s tourist card is provided by the startup Mah Card, in partnership with Saman Bank, one of Iran’s most credible and reputable banks. Additionally, all tourist cards, regardless of their partner bank, are connected to Iran’s national banking network, Shetab, and recognized by the Central Bank of Iran.

How are Tourist Cards different from Gift Cards?

Tourist Cards have many advantages over standard Gift Cards.

The biggest advantage of the Tourist Card is the ability to charge your card using cash, PayPal, or bank transfer at any time, from anywhere

You can see some of Tourist Card’s other advantages listed in the table below:

Features Gift Cards TAP Persia Tourist Card
Depositing Funds
  • Only in IRR
  • Only in cash

All currencies accepted

Cash, PayPal, bank transfer accepted

Max Deposit 125-250 Euros equal to
6,750,000-13,500,000 IRR
depending on bank
(2018 Free Market Rate)
10,000 Euros equal to
540,000,000 IRR
(2018 Free Market Rate)
PIN Security
  • PIN1 for physical transactions
  • No online purchases
  • PIN1 for physical transactions
  • PIN2 for online transactions
Transaction History No transaction history Transaction history available at all ATMs
Active For 1 year 3 years
Transferring funds Not available (no transfers to or from the card)
  • Cash, PayPal and Bank transfer to and from the card

Are credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard accepted in Iran?

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.

When and where can I receive my Tourist Card?

After the successful submission of of your application, you will receive your Tourist Card in any location within the city of Tehran within 3 days.

You can also have your Tourist Card mailed to you before your arrival. Shipping usually takes anywhere from 5-15 days and costs around 30-60 Euros for most European countries.

If you wish to receive your card upon your arrival in Iran, click the Apply Now in the tab above to complete your application at least 3 days before your arrival.

What are the subscription and annual fees?

Each Tourist Card has a fixed fee of €19.00 to set up. Once purchased, each card can be used for up to 3 years with no annual fees. Each time you come to Iran, your card will be active and available for use.

What are the 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 the form of Euros, Dollars or any other major currency by visiting the nearest exchange or by contacting our customer support.

What is the exchange rate when I charge my Tourist Card?

You can charge your card using Euros, Dollars or any currency of your choice. We will exchange your currency using the transfer day’s rate of exchange to Iranian Rials (IRR) and transfer it to the Tourist Card of your choice in real time.

Can I add additional card holders to my account (i.e. family, friends, companions)?

Due to safety reasons, there can be only one authorized user and PIN code for each Tourist Card. Your friends and companions would each have to get a Tourist Card of their own when they travel with you to Iran.

If you are travelling with family, especially children, you can get a separate Tourist Card for each child 13 and over.

Where can I use my Tourist Card?

The use of card readers is extremely widespread in Iran. In urban and developed areas, almost every single business or service that offers something for sale will have a card reader. Although cash is always an option, people have gotten really tired of carrying exact change and most businesses actually prefer a quick and easy swipe of the card.

More importantly, you will able to make online purchases. Booking tours, making reservations, buying plane/bus/train tickets and so much more become effortless.

Can I withdraw cash from my Tourist Card?

You can withdraw cash in Iranian Rials (IRR) from almost all ATM machines. Any time a building has the word “Bank” in the title, you can find at least one ATM machine. Since all ATM machines in Iran are connected to Iran’s Central banking network called SHETAB, it does not matter which bank you choose to withdraw from. Most importantly, all ATM machines are equipped with English commands. Simply select your preferred language after entering your PIN number.

A bonus of the Tourist Card is that there are no withdrawal fees at any time.

There is however, a cash withdrawl limit of 2,000,000 IRR (~ €50/$60) per day.

How can I view my transaction history?

You can check your recent transaction history and account balance at all ATM’s that are located infront of a building with the word “Bank” in the title. There are over 21 different banks in Iran, all of which are joined together by Iran’s Central Banking Network called SHETAB.

How can I charge my Tourist Card if it runs out of money?

You can charge your Tourist Card by paying with cash, paypal or bank transfer. All currencies received will be converted with the into Iranian Rials (IRR) and deposited into your personal Tourist Card.

All currencies are accepted. You can purchase and charge your Tourist Card both within and outside of Iran.

What happens if I have money left in my card at the end of my trip?

If you think you will visit Iran again, we highly recommend keeping your personal Tourist Card. The funds will remain in your untouched in your account until your next visit. Once purchased, the card is good for 3 years with no additional fees of any kind.

However, prior to the completion of your visit, you have the option of receiving all remaining in the currecny of your choice. Simply visit the nearest currency exchange throughout the city or in the airport and ask them to withdraw the remaining amount from your Tourist Card. Once you leave Iran, you do not have the option of recieving your card deposit.

Can I receive phone notifications/SMS/alerts about any transactions?

The only way to receive phone notifications/SMS/alerts is by providing a Iranian phone number along with your application. All messages will be sent to the Iranian phone number you provide in your application.

We highly recommend purchasing a cheap and reliable temporary SIM card, which you can also charge at any time using your Tourist Card. For more information, visit our helpful review of  purchasing temporary SIM cards.

What happens if I lose my TAP Persia Tourist Card?

If you are certain that your cost has been lost or stolen, please call our customer service 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.

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