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I have a business trip to Tabriz, Iran, and wanted to know if it was possible to pay my hotel and domestic flights by credit card or if I should also get cash to cover my hotel and flight expenses.

Do you recommend exchanging currency at the airport?

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    How can we know whether a hotel / airline accept credit cards? Get in contact with them and ask. – Neusser Dec 20 '17 at 7:55
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    It is probably a question regarding the sanctions in Iran. So hell yeah, you can answer this question... – Gnusper Dec 20 '17 at 10:29
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    Please also refer to this answer on what to do in Iran to not carry big amounts of cash with you. – Gigili Dec 24 '17 at 22:55
  • I went to the Visa website (the card company) to check for a different country. They have this excellent and very helpful advice: "If a shop shows the Visa sign outside, then they accept Visa for payment". – gnasher729 Apr 29 '18 at 17:36
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I highly doubt it. International credit cards can't be used in Iran and Iranian credit cards can't also be used outside the country. So i think you better have cash to cover your hotel/flight expenses. To answer your second question, I recommend to exchange currency in the city, there are lots of currency exchange shops in the city that offer lower commissions.

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Beside the facts Gigili pointed out in their answer you can also find some websites that allow you to pay online for your hotel reservation, e.g. pintapin; but anyway, you should always carry a big load of cash with you in Iran if you don't have a local debit card!

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    Nope, you shouldn't carry big amounts of cash with you, there are lots of options including buying a gift card from a bank to use as a credit card while you are in Iran. – Gigili Dec 24 '17 at 22:22
  • @Gigili you are right! Another useful one is what they call a Tourist Card that can be requested at the IKIA. – hatef Dec 24 '17 at 22:34
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you get a MahCard instead of carrying cash around. Mahcard is a travel debit card for tourists in Iran. for more information look at https://www.mahcard.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/themahcard/

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