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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?

Haha, no, this is a nearly totally cash-based economy. I've heard of people having problems with the few hotel ATMs. - Sep 19, 2016
CASH-based economy only. Credit cards maybe kind of at a few western hotels. Dinar is the currency and it has no value outside of Algeria and is illegal to take out of the country. It is Monopoly money. You can exchange cash or cash checks at the Embassy cashier at the official exchange rate. The black market exchange rate is about double, but Embassy employees are forbidden to use it. - Jun 9, 2016
Nobody uses them. Everything is cash. - Mar 15, 2014
In this country very few people have credit cards so using one is very hard. ATMs are available. - Oct 25, 2013
Except in the major hotels, credit cards and ATM cards issued outside Algeria do not work in Algeria. - Dec 18, 2011
Don't! Take cash. Either GBPs or Euros. - Sep 23, 2008
There's no credit card/ATM system. Credit cards can only be used at international hotels. Opening a local bank account will allow access to local ATMs but the amount of money one can withdraw would be quite restricted. - May 9, 2008
Do not use them. - Mar 4, 2008
Don't. - Mar 3, 2008
Not used here. - Feb 25, 2008