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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?

No, this is a cash economy. I only use my credit card at Hilton or Magno Suites restaurant. ATMs are unreliable and not safe to use. - Aug 20, 2017
There are two (maybe 3) places that accept credit cards and that is it. There are a few ATMs, but I have never used one. It is a cash economy. - Sep 7, 2014
The three Western hotels accept credit cards (I think only Visa), and there is at least one ATM in town. Otherwise, EG is still almost exclusively a cash economy. - Jun 15, 2012