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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?

We never use them - people have issues with being double charged. Only expat friendly places have card readers. - Dec 13, 2017
Although some places do take credit cards, and there isn't a large amount of fraud, I prefer to use cash. I get it from the Embassy or from the ATM on the embassy compound. I think others do use the ATMs locally, but I choose not to. - Jan 25, 2017
We only use them at larger hotels when traveling around the country but never in Kigali. Others do without an issue from what I've seen but we choose not to. - Apr 5, 2016
ATMS only take Visa cards. Visa is the only card you'll be able to use in country. And it's unreliable and not the most secure. Bring your check book and use local cash. - Oct 16, 2014
Visa can be used at most restaurants and grocery stores. - Jul 23, 2014
We use ours at the largest chain grocery store in the region, but that is it. - Sep 13, 2013
If you have a Visa bank card (sorry, no MasterCard), then you can use the ATMs that cropped up this year. Credit cards can only be used at major hotels. Rwanda is a cash-based country. - May 6, 2012
Use credit cards only at the major hotels, and even then, I would still use cash. ATMs are available only if you have an account with a local bank. - Apr 2, 2012
There is an ATM machine at the airport and one at the Nakumatt center. However, both do not take all cards. Don't bother bringing in traveler's checks. No one takes these, not even the banks. - Jul 28, 2011
No ATMs in country. Don't do it. Use the embassy cashier. - Oct 20, 2010
There aren't any, unless you use a Rwandan bank. - Jan 23, 2010
No ATMs, though it looks like it, they are actually prepaid card for access to money. I think they are working on it though. I used my credit card for cash advances though the exchange was poor. Better to bring 2003 and newer US$100 bills for exchange. - Sep 16, 2008
I would not recommend the use of Credit Cards regardless of hotel and/or restaurant. ATM machines are sparse. If you are utilizing US$ make sure the date is over 2003, and/or is free of imperfections. - Aug 9, 2008