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

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.


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

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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