Khartoum - Post Report Question and Answers

Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Sudan is a cash-based society and credit cards cannot be used. Due to US sanctions in place when we were posted there, we could not use foreign ATMs. It is very important to be sure you are accessing your bank accounts via the OpenNet computers at the embassy or by using a VPN from home. If a US bank discovers you are in Sudan, your life will become significantly more difficult because they may lock you out of your account. Be vigilant about this. - Feb 2018

No credit cards are used here - due to decades of sanctions, this is an all cash economy. - May 2017

No. Khartoum is a cash-only society. Remember, sanctions are a real thing. You can use your CC and bank info via Open Net at the Embassy or through a VPN. - Nov 2016

No U.S. credit cards. We do not use ATMs. - Oct 2016

You can't. Remember it's a sanctioned country. - Mar 2016

Because of U.S. sanctions, you cannot use them here. - Jun 2015

Due to the sanctions you cannot use your cards here. The sole source of money is through the Embassy cashier. - Mar 2015

You can't use them in Sudan. - Apr 2014

Khartoum is a cash economy. Due to sanctions, credit cards and debit cards can't even be used. I don't think you would want to anyways. - Jun 2011

No credit cards are allowed because of the sanctions. No ATMs. - Apr 2010

Cash economy. Never used credit cards. - May 2009

Never tried. - Sep 2008

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