We are making it easier to visit Iran
MahCard started in 2017 as a financial startup in Iran. In the absence of international credit card 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. MahCard founders have identified this issue and have been actively trying to solve the problem by issuing Iranian debit cards to travelers while accepting their money and transfer it to IRR (Iranian Rials). MahCard is first to provide card services to tourists in Iran. Helping tourists and non-Iranian visitors to access electronic payment in Iran.
At its core, MahCard is a financial service for tourists. The idea is to make it easier for travelers in Iran to exchange and use their money while visiting the country.
MahCard is currently working with different major banks in Iran to provide the best possible card solutions to non-Iranian visitors. Our team is dedicated to providing the best experience for every customer.
MahCard has recently received funding from a major financial institution in Iran, which will definitely help the team to achieve its goals even faster.
What are customers say
Mah card was great for our trip through Iran. Accepted everywhere. A MahCard rep. even came to my hostel and exchanged all my leftover rial back into euro at the same exchange rate before we left. Way less hassle than needing to haggle with people on the street.
I loved the service. It made traveling much easier and safer as I didn’t have to carry cash around with me for the 3 weeks I spent in Iran. The customer service was excellent and they were happy to meet me at my guesthouse to exchange euro to rial and load it on my card. When I had rial left at the end of the trip they changed it back to dollars for me which was very convenient. Would definitely recommend it for anyone traveling in Iran.
I can very much recommend MahCard - it will solve all your problems and concerns about how to best pay in Iran without taking high amounts of EURs or USDs there in cash. Service was great and my contact Hossein very responsive via WhatsApp, the money can be transferred easily onto the card via PayPal or - if you prefer - also handed over in person in your first destination in the country (where they will collect your money e.g. in the hotel you're staying at). Should you have deposited too much, they will transfer it back via PayPal at the end of your trip. I was super happy to have the option to use a debit card in pretty much all locations you can possibly think of (including bazaars) - and a lot of locals were quite excited about it too :)
I highly recommend this card...super easy, very safe, great exchange rate. You can transfer money via PayPal and receive back also via PayPal or via cash when you are there. Worked everywhere we used it. The service was great with an extremely quick response.
We used Mah Card during our 2 weeks trip in Iran. We contacted them from Italy, they came to our first hotel in Tehran (but they can reach you also in other cities) and they charged the amount on the card. We were able to pay almost everywhere, even for small amounts of money (to buy a few apricots!). At the end of the trip, they came to our hotel to give us back the remaining cash with the same exchange. Just be aware that taxis don't accept it and that there is a daily limit for cash withdrawal. Definitely recommended. Enjoy your trip!
Very helpful and supportive service. Recommendable to all of those who have concerns about carrying cash - or keeping the budget - in Iran, especially if they travel for a long-term or they are eager to buy souvenirs. It is easy to keep the budget using this service, as you can simply withdraw your daily budget every day and see how much surplus you still have. the rate is fair and legitimate, so to say. you don't have to be bothered by the transaction fee.
Works perfectly! Used it everywhere, even in small traditional teahouses. And they dont charge any transactions :) mostly i just got to the ATM in the morning and that was my daily budget. Hard to find an ATM? No way! Haha. They are everywhere in Iran.
- Travelled with three friends and all of us got our own Mah Card since international cards aren't accepted and we felt uncomfortable carrying large amounts of cash around. It was absolutely uncomplicated, fast, safe and easy to get everything done. The card is accepted everywhere in Iran and many locals are amused to see even tourists using their own Shetab cards. Just make sure to withdraw the remaining balance on time (Thursday and Friday are weekend days and many places are closed)! Can only recommend!