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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 use our credit card most places. We don't use ATMs but many of our friends do - they tend to use the ones at banks or inside hotels. I don't use my credit card if it's being taken off somewhere other than at hotel restaurants. I use it when it's being charged in front of me. - Sep 28, 2017
Yes. You can use cards most anywhere, however we preferred to get cash (ATM at Embassy or a well-lit, large bank ATM in town) and use cash instead! - Mar 20, 2017
Bank machines are available but not always reliable. Credit card information can be stolen. We always use cash. - Sep 28, 2013
There are over 1,000 ATMs on the island. - Sep 23, 2012
Don't use credit cards and ATMs. Credit card theft is rampant in Sri Lanka, even at the big name-brand hotels. - Dec 7, 2011
We use ATMs mainly at the HSBC and we use our credit card to pay for groceries etc. - Feb 8, 2010
Don't use your credit card for anything but cash from a Hong Kong Shanghai Bank ATM. Even then watch for it being compromised. - Sep 7, 2008
Available everywhere. - Feb 26, 2008