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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?

Yes. ATMs are fine, but most folks cash checks at the embassy for cash. - Oct 19, 2017
They are safe and widely accepted, however, only a few banks accept American cards. You need to specify at the register which bank to run your card with. No one explained this to me when I got here and it caused a lot of confusion. Tell the teller to run your card with "Yapi Kredi." - Sep 21, 2017
Credit cards are widely accepted, however you need to specify which bank needs to run them. YapiKredi accepts US cards so I always tell the cashier to run the card with them whenever there is a problem.

No issues with any ATMs and there is one at the Embassy. Use the same precautions you would in the US or Europe. - Jun 8, 2017


Credit cards are safe to use and widely accepted. ATMs are also common. - Sep 27, 2016
Yes, no problem using them. - Jun 14, 2016
We got a local bank and bank card for transactions in Turkey. Credit cards and ATMs use the chipped system and so a call back to the for each transaction can result in dropped calls and double-transactions. We only had this happen once in three years using an ATM. Larger chains like H&M or Marks and Spencer have the wherewithal to make these transactions with foreign cards, just let them know you're using a foreign card at the time. - Aug 2, 2015
Safe and easy. But it helps to have a bank card from a Turkish bank, because not all places accept international/foreign cards. - Apr 2, 2015
As with anywhere, be vigilant. They are available at every mall and on the streets at the many, many banks here. Scams can happen. We use the ones at the Embassy and base mostly, but have not had an issue using from other locations. - Feb 14, 2015
I use my credit card often, but at some places it's not accepted because it does not have a "chip". Local ATMs are fine. - Jun 10, 2014
Safe so far. - Apr 4, 2014
ATMs are everywhere and some banks do not charge transaction fees. - Mar 31, 2014
Can be used everywhere. - Mar 30, 2014
Generally credit card use is safe here. Take the normal precautions you would take in the U.S. and you will be fine. - Jul 28, 2013
ATMs are plentiful and safe to use. - Aug 4, 2011
ATMs are everywhere. - Jul 14, 2010