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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?

Most everything is cash-based and the few places that take credit cards often have broken machines. We used the ATM at the Onomo Hotel regularly with no problem. There are a couple of other ATMs around town that people use. The Embassy has a cashier for its employees to exchange money. - Jul 23, 2014
There is an ATM near Sans Gel in Sabliere and an ATM in the Onomo Hotel near the American Embassy. We used both with no problems. However most restaurants and stores will be cash only. There were reports of some hotels skimming credit cards so we don't even try. - Oct 24, 2013
You will not use a credit card much. There are ATMs when they work. The fees can be as much as US$15. This is a cash society! - Apr 12, 2012
I didn't take chances, but I know there were a couple ATM machines. Didn't use credit cards locally. Did a lot of online shopping through the embassy pouch, and our credit card numbers were stolen, but that could happen anywhere - Aug 3, 2011
Dont. Its just better not to. - Jul 16, 2010