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Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

There are ATMs on the embassy and ISAF compounds. - Jun 18, 2014
There are two ATMs that dispense USD. There is a $2 surcharge. Never had any issues. You can use credit and debit cards at the PX. Never had a problem. The embassy has a cashier on the east side. - Jul 12, 2013
ATMs are available on the Embassy, but they are out of money a good portion of the time. - Mar 30, 2013
I won't use my credit card here even though some vendors now in the baazar will take them. There are several ATMs at the embassy, and next door at ISAF, and there is the embassy cashier as well for cashing checks. - Dec 27, 2010
Not widely accepted. There are very few banks in Afghanistan, and almost none outside of Kabul. - Aug 2, 2010
There are two ATMs, one which only takes MC and one which only takes Visa. There's also a cashier, the KEEA store (selling embassy logo gear, some veggies, and booze), and the PX at Camp Eggers do take credit cards. - Jul 10, 2010
There are ATMs at the embassy, all safe to use, and a cashier's window where you can cash a check. - Sep 7, 2009
ATMs are fine on the military bases; they spit out dollars or euros. - Mar 19, 2008