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

No, this is a cash economy. Find a reputable bank ATM and you should be fine. Embassy offers cashier services to Embassy employees. - Jul 2019

We never used our credit cards here. There is one ATM at the embassy that is safe to use. Be prepared to bring a lot of checks and withdraw money from the embassy cashier. - Oct 2017

One or two of the hotels take them. ATMs are almost non-existent, and don't always work. Leave your plastic at home. - Oct 2017

It is a cash only country; cards only used at hotels for rooms; bring them so you have something besides Chuck E Cheese looking Nigerien coins when you travel out of the country. There are a few ATMs around town but they are not working with all banks; usually someone must have a local bank and its associated card for an ATM/debit card to work. - Aug 2015

CASH. Only cash. There are only 2-3 ATMs in the city. Everyone uses cash, nobody uses credit or debit cards. - Jul 2013

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