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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?

ATMs probably ok to use. I cash checks. - Sep 21, 2017
Everyone operates on cash. - Jan 16, 2015
There are plenty of ATMs around and we never had a problem using them. Hardly anyone takes credit cards here or at least the kinds of stores I frequented didn't. - May 13, 2014
ATMs are easily available in Bishkek. Some of them dispense US dollars. Most businesses do business in both dollars and local currency, and there is a free and extremely efficient trade between the two currencies, with money changers all over the city. - Dec 17, 2011