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Russian Visa and MasterCard cards will not be serviced in other countries: list of countries where the Russian payment system "Mir" operates

Today, the largest Russian media reported that the work of the international payment system MasterCard was suspended in Russia. As the MasterCard company reported on March 6, 2022: "This measure implies that cards issued by Russian banks will no longer be supported by the Mastercard system", it is also indicated that Mastercard cards issued outside of Russia will not work in Russia.

 

MasterCard also said it would resume all operations in Russia "when appropriate" if there are no legal restrictions in Russia.

 

It was also reported today that Visa is working to stop transactions in Russia - Visa cards issued in the Russian Federation will not work outside of Russia, and bank cards that were issued by foreign financial institutions will not work in Russia.

 

Alfa-Bank assumes that all Russian Visa and MasterCard cards will work "as usual" for at least three days. “Purchases will take place around the world,” the bank said in a Telegram message, but recommended that those who are abroad withdraw cash from their Russian Visa and MasterCard cards.

Sberbank also recommended that Russians who are abroad withdraw as much cash as possible and “prepay large expenses (hotels, tickets).”

 

However, the Central Bank of Russia has already announced that MasterCard and Visa cards of Russian banks will continue to work in Russia, but cross-border transactions will not be available.

Thus, all holders of Russian Visa and MasterCard bank cards may encounter difficulties when withdrawing cash from ATMs located outside Russia, including in China.

 

How now to withdraw money from a Russian bank account abroad?

Now only the Mir card can be used as a full-fledged alternative to Visa and Mastercard in all transactions in Russia and in those countries abroad where it is accepted, but we could not find any information that it is possible in Chinese banking institutions outside of Russia withdrawal of funds from Mir bank cards.

 

The Mir Pay mobile payment service also works without failures in Russia. More than 80 credit organizations can connect the Mir card to it.

You can add both a regular bank plastic card and digital cards to Mir Pay, but this service is available only on the Android platform.

 

List of all countries where the Mir payment system operates:

 

Abkhazia

Mir cards are accepted throughout the country's payment infrastructure (hotels, shops, restaurants), cash withdrawals from ATMs are available.

 

Armenia

Cards are accepted throughout the country's payment infrastructure.

 

Belarus

Cards are accepted throughout the country's payment infrastructure.

 

Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan, cash can be withdrawn from the Mir card at branches and ATMs of Sberbank Kazakhstan, VTB Kazakhstan and Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan (Halyk Bank), but payment by card is not available.

 

Kyrgyzstan

Cash can be withdrawn from the Mir card at all ATMs in the country, payment by card is not available.

 

Uzbekistan

The Mir card is accepted in the network of devices of the UzCard payment system. UzCard devices are installed in almost all trade and service enterprises of the country.

 

Tajikistan

You can withdraw cash at Amonatbonk and Dushanbe City ATMs, payment by card is not available.

 

South Ossetia

You can withdraw cash from ATMs of the National Bank of the Republic of South Ossetia, payment by card is not available.

 

Vietnam

Cash can be withdrawn at branches and ATMs of BIDV and VRB (Vietnam - Russia Joint Venture Bank).

 

Turkey

Cash can be withdrawn at branches and ATMs of Isbank, Ziraat, Vakifbank.

 

Cyprus

Mir cards are serviced at ATMs and payment terminals of RCB Bank.

 

UAE

You can pay with the card through Network International payment terminals.

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