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

Credit cards are widely accepted and everywhere will also take USD at the fixed exchange rate. - May 2019

I never had any problems though I have heard reports of some scams. - Feb 2015

There is an ATM on compound. I wouldn't recommend using ATMs within the city. Credit cards generally work, and you often have the choice to pay in U.S. dollars, which saves on foreign transaction fees. Every so often credit cards inexplicably stop working so be sure to carry cash. Most businesses accept either Lebanese or U.S. currency. - Nov 2014

Every place takes both Lebanese Lira and U.S. dollars. There is an ATM on compound and bank cards will sometimes work out in town and sometimes not. - Apr 2014

It's easy and safe. Only small mom and pop stores don't accept them. - Jan 2014

Very easy. There are ATMs everywhere. Credit cards are accepted most places. Especially nice is that you can be charged in dollars on your credit card so that you don't have to pay a foreign exchange fee. - Apr 2012

I used my credit card in nearly every restaurant. There are plentiful ATMs, though sometimes with only one of the two major US ATM networks. HSBC has several branches throughout the country, and your card will always work. Lebanon is a full dollarized economy, and both currencies are accepted from north to south. - Sep 2010

You can use them everywhere. I've never had a problem. You can also use U.S. dollars interchangeably with Lebanese pounds. Most stores will ask you if you want your card to be charged in pounds or dollars. - Jul 2010

ATMs typically charge a fee-- I found I was being charged $7 to withdraw $200 - Jun 2009

Safe and readily available. - Jun 2008

ATMS are available everywhere and they dispense American dollars or Lebanese pounds. Everyone takes dollars here. Credit Cards can be used at most larger stores. - Mar 2008

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