Pensions and benefits from July 1, 2021 will be credited only to Mir cards: everything you need to know about the law

On July 1, 2021, a new law comes into force in Russia. We answer the main questions about the transfer of pensions and benefits to Mir cards

According to it, all pensioners and those who receive social benefits from the state must issue a Mir card . The law was signed by the president back in 2017. The transition period was three years and ended on July 1, 2020. But due to the pandemic and the mandatory self-isolation regime for the elderly, it was postponed several times. The pensioners were given time to finally get the Mir card. “Komsomolskaya Pravda” reminded of this many times. Nevertheless, readers still have questions. We answer the most important of them.

  • The World card is not accepted anywhere. Why is this obligation necessary?
  • In our country, the World card is accepted everywhere, there are no restrictions. All bank terminals were set up a few years ago to accept cards of the national payment system. Abroad, the Mir card is not accepted everywhere yet. But no one bothers to get a card for these purposes from one of the international payment systems.
  • And if I do not have time to do this before July 1, then what?
  • If you received a pension on a Visa or Mastercard, then from July 1, the pension will cease to be accrued. The money will not be burned, the pensioner can simply receive it only when he draws up a Mir card and reports the new details to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation. However, if you received money by mail or to a bank account (not to a card), then nothing needs to be changed. Money has come and will continue to come.
  • Do I need to get a separate Mir pension card if I already have a regular Mir salary card?
  • There is no need. You can give the Pension Fund the details of the Mir salary card – and then the pension will be credited to it. The meaning of the changes is only to ensure that pensions and other social benefits are accrued within the framework of the national payment system, and not within the framework of foreign payment systems – Visa or MasterCard.