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Can I Use MasterCard in Iran?

MasterCard or Credit card in Iran

No. You can’t use MasterCard in Iran. But why MasterCard in Iran is not accepted? due to US sanctions, Iran is forbidden to make any USD/EURO transaction to International banking system So, MasterCard in Iran is not accepted nor Credit card/Visa Card or any other debit cards.

What is the solution? What you can do?
Why Visa Card is not accepted in Iran?
Why MasterCard /Credit Card doesn’t work in Iran?
How can you transfer money to Iran?

These are the questions that every tourists might ask before they travel to Iran and we would love to help you with.

MasterCard In Iran

Iran is a cash country without MasterCard in Iran

Iran is a cash country especially for tourists who visit Iran. The only major issue that tourists are going to face is the cash problem. Due to US sanctions against Iran, tourists can’t find any international bank in Iran.

In order to use your Credit Card or Visa/MasterCard in Iran; Iran has to join the international banking system and then you can make payments using your MasterCard in Iran. Although you can’t use your MasterCard/Visa Card in Iran; but there are alternative ways to face this issue.

The worst option is to forget about your MasterCard or Credit Card and carry cash in Iran. In the opposite way when Iranian travel around the world, they have a big problem with this Credit Card/MasterCard issue. They can not use any Credit Card or Visa Card anywhere in the world, so they carry cash all along during their trip.

These two solutions will help while MasterCard in Iran won’t work neither Credit Card /Visa Card

Credit Card and mastercard In Iran

While other countries are not so welcome to Iranians when it comes to sanctions, Iran wants to make better time for tourists and anyone who visits Iran. So if you want to use your Credit Card or MasterCard/Visa Card in Iran, you have two options:

1. Use an Iranian Prepaid Travel Card

You can use IntravelCard as an instance of your Credit Card or MasterCard in Iran. The IntravelCard is an Iranian prepaid Travel card which covers your payments in Iran. This is a local debit card that is issued by an Iranian bank. You can use it to shop at grocery stores, restaurants and online stores. Anywhere you can find a POS terminal which is very accessible in Iran, you can use this card and also even you can withdraw cash from ATMs.

Prepaid Travel Card for tourists in Iran

The IntravelCard works the same as Visa Card or MasterCard in your home country. This card is joined with a nationwide banking system known as Shetab, so this  Travel Card works all over Iran and you can shop like locals.

The IntravelCard is a Prepaid Travel card which issued to tourists. In order to make a better time for you when you travel to Iran and give you a better experience about your cash safety and other problem, IntravelCard agreed on a partnership with a trusting Iranian banks to issue a special travel card for tourists who visit Iran while they are not able to use their credit cards or MasterCard in Iran.

Money transfer to Iran!

Because of sanctions, it is so hard to transfer any money to Iran or transfer money from Iran to other countries. If you are in Iran and you don’t have enough money,  it will be hard for you transfer money to Iran. You have different options like Bitcoin( it is accepted in Iran) and remittance which cost you a fortune!.

It is possible to add funds to IntravelCard using bitcoin or PayPal. We recommend to use bitcoin option because it has a lower commission rate than other ways. You can access all information about the IntravelCard here.

2. Get a gift card in Iran

Get a gift card from bank kiosk and you can use it for shopping groceries, restaurant, online or even withdraw cash from ATMs. But gift cards have a limitation which is, you can’t load more than 5,000,000 Iranian rials in it.

In Iran this is not a lot of money, it’s about 30$ which covers at most 1 days of your trip for 2 people if you are on an economic budget.We will explain more about pricing and your costs based on your budget in this article and you’ll understand that this is not a lot of money.

More about us

We as IntravelCard are a non-financial and financial service company. IntravelCard company tries its best to help every tourist in Iran to have a better time during his stay in Iran. We provide a local prepaid travel card and updated information about Iran sights, Iran currency, budget planing, Iran visa or anything that makes your trip easier.



  • Excuse me
    You mean my master card or visa card doesnt work in Iran?

    • No, The MasterCard and Visa Card doesn’t work in Iran. Because of sanctions your bank or any other international bank don’t have any connections with Iran.You have to carry cash if you want to visit Iran get our Prepaid Travel Card for your trip. You can load your money with great exchange rate into the card and shop like locals. You can get refund your remaining balance of the card in your original currency at any time. read more here

      • How a person in Iran can make payment online like in Amazon or any gaming app in Google play store. As they are not accepting any card. Can we buy Google play card there?

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      • you can get a play store gift card or Amazon gift card

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  • Hi,

    I am preparing my trip to Iran. Should I order this card in Iran?

    • Hello Mick
      Thank you for choosing us, You can order your card when you get in Iran but we recommend you to order your card at least 3 days before your flight so we can process your order and deliver the card on time. Thank you

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  • Hi,i am a girl in iran .really master or visa card dosent work in iran.when you are in iran just can use gift card.that can get of bank.or use (sarafi)Currency Exchange in iran .my email is ******@yahoo.com if you have question about iran

    • Hello Afrooz
      Yes, you are right, MasterCard doesn’t work in Iran and tourist can use gift card; But you can’t load money more than 500,000 Toman which is about 34 Euros. As you may know that’s not a lot of money. Thank you for your Comment

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  • What is the fee to use the card?

    • Hi Louie, it’s only 15.99 euro, here is the link for more information

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  • Is it possible to purchasing the card online but give it as gift to the friend in Iran?

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  • How can i buy groceries in supermarkets for someone living inside iran using my visa card? I am outside iran

    • Hello Shwan
      You can order IntravelCard and shop online on Iranian websites

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  • You made some decent points there. I did a search on the issue and found most persons will approve with your website.

    • Thank you Marylee. We try our best to provide the accurate information about traveling to Iran

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  • How will I shop online with Iran card on Jumia…. I have been trying that but it did not work

    • Hello Donna
      Thank you for reaching at us. Unfortunately, we have not found any purchase from you in our records. If you want to shop online using IntravelCard, you need to purchase IntravelCard at first.

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