Ashgabat - 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?

No, this is a cash-based society. - Dec 2020

I don't use my credit card in country but some do at the major hotels and grocery stores. - Mar 2019

Credit cards are not widely accepted. when they are accepted, it is safe. ATMs are often out of order. - Jun 2018

Cash only country and at the moment USD cannot be used to purchase anything. - Feb 2016

When I arrived, I believe there were fewer than 5 ATMs in the country. There aren't many more than that today. Turkmenistan is a cash-based society, so bring in new, crisp bills in a variety of denominations. Credit card use is generally limited to Visa and AmEx at the Oguzkent/Sofitel hotel. MasterCard is supposed to be accepted soon in Turkmenistan. The exchange rate between the Turmen manat and major foreign currencies has been fixed for years, so you get the same rate everywhere and there is no black market. The rate to the USD is $1=2.84 manat. - Jul 2014

There are no ATMs in the whole bloody country. It's a cash-only society. - Oct 2012

Not very useful unless you're ordering something on Amazon. No ATMs. This is a cash society. - Mar 2012

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