You can no longer link Mir cards to Apple Pay. But you can still pay with an iPhone in Russia

Today, March 24, Apple Disabled link Mir cards to Apple Pay, convinced They can no longer be added to the Wallet app on iPhone and other corporate devices that support contactless payment. The service refuses to accept new cards and gives an error with the following content: “The card is not available. This card cannot be used with Apple Pay at this time.” Until now, Mir cards were the only payment method in Russia that supported Apple’s contactless service.


Apple Pay stopped working accepting World in Russia cards


Despite the unlinking of new cards from the Mir payment system, those that were already linked to Apple Pay have not yet been unlinked. As a result, many of those who saw no errors accepted the news of the jamming. However, MasterCard and Visa cards, for a long time does not work with Apple Paystill hasn’t gotten rid of either, which means relying on the fact that there are no errors isn’t too far-sighted.

Mir card not connecting to Apple Pay

global issues with payment by iPhone with a linked Mir card not yet seen in Russian stores. This was confirmed by the editor of Renat Grishin. However, I couldn’t pay with Apple Pay in transport. I received an error stating that the token could not be created and was preventing the transaction from taking place. But maybe the reason was that the terminal belonged to VTB Bank, which is under sanctions and Does not accept Apple Pay. Although a few days ago the terminals of Gorelektrotrans in Saransk accepted my payment without any problems.

Apple Pay is no longer accepted on public transport, but it’s not a common problem

Yes Mir cards can no longer be linked to Apple Pay, most likely, Apple terminated the contract with the national system of payment cards, under the auspices of which they are issued. Thus, residents of Russia no longer have the possibility of linking new cards to the payment service of the Cupertino company. However, to state that Apple just deactivated Apple Pay on the territory of our country is not yet possible. But there were reports that Apple would deactivate already linked Mir cards in Russia until the beginning of April.


At this time, there is no statement from Apple regarding disable Apple Pay in Russia, but practice shows that it is no longer possible to link World cards from different banks to Wallet. This is Tinkoff, and Sberbank, and Raiffeisen Bank, and many others. It turns out that the service doesn’t really work anymore with new cards, because such errors have never happened before. However, the old ones still allow you to pay without any problems.

Is it possible to pay with a Mir card from an iPhone

Be sure that Apple Pay won’t let me add a World CardYou can do it yourself:

  • Launch the Wallet app on your iPhone;
  • In the upper right corner, click on the “+” icon;

Apple Pay throws an error when trying to add a Mir card

  • Scan the card or enter its data manually;
  • Try to confirm the addition and you will get an error.

In what Apple will deactivate Apple Pay in Russia, always amazing. Still, the Russian market in this sense is one of the most important for the company. In our country, the vast majority of terminals are equipped with a contactless payment function and Apple Pay support, not found even in the USA, in the homeland of Apple. There, many terminals still do not accept payment by iPhone or watch.


While the question of the prosecution Apple Pay in Russia remains open. On the one hand, local users no longer have the possibility to add new cards to Wallet, but on the other hand, pay for purchases with iPhone and Apple Watch are not yet blocked in the country. However, to avoid possible payment issues, we strongly recommend that you have a physical card with you. We never know.