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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?

I've used my credit card at the bigger supermarkets and merchants at the shopping malls with no problem. But this is primarily a cash country. I would not take my chances with an ATM unless it's on the embassy grounds. - Aug 4, 2017
Nope, wouldn't touch that in West Africa. Keep credit cards in your safe, locked away until you leave the country. - Apr 6, 2017
Credit cards are accepted but it is recommended to not use them. However, we have used a credit card for grocery shopping without issue. - Aug 11, 2016
Don't use them! - May 4, 2014
I donít know of anyone who uses a credit card here. Most places donít accept them, and you run a big risk using them at places that do. - Apr 24, 2012
Do not use them!!!!!Almost everyone I know has had their accounts stolen. - Aug 9, 2011
Using credit cards or ATMs is not recommended. - Jun 11, 2011
I have not used the ATMS, but I have a friend who does this regularly and has had no problems. I purchased plane tickets once by credit card. I had to tell my credit car company in advance and let them know it was a one-time purchase and the approximate amount. Many of us shop with credit cards online through and some of us have had some problems. A lot of vendors will block your server from making orders (e.g. and ToysRUs) if you order from home. Credit card fraud is a problem here. - Feb 24, 2010
Unknown, I have used cash exclusively. - May 24, 2009