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. I tend to get cash from the Embassy cashier or the on-site ATM, but there are ATMs at the big banks. As far as I know, they are safe to use. - Apr 2020

We use our credit card most places. We don't use ATMs but many of our friends do - they tend to use the ones at banks or inside hotels. I don't use my credit card if it's being taken off somewhere other than at hotel restaurants. I use it when it's being charged in front of me. - Sep 2017

Yes. You can use cards most anywhere, however we preferred to get cash (ATM at Embassy or a well-lit, large bank ATM in town) and use cash instead! - Mar 2017

Bank machines are available but not always reliable. Credit card information can be stolen. We always use cash. - Sep 2013

There are over 1,000 ATMs on the island. - Sep 2012

Don't use credit cards and ATMs. Credit card theft is rampant in Sri Lanka, even at the big name-brand hotels. - Dec 2011

We use ATMs mainly at the HSBC and we use our credit card to pay for groceries etc. - Feb 2010

Don't use your credit card for anything but cash from a Hong Kong Shanghai Bank ATM. Even then watch for it being compromised. - Sep 2008

Available everywhere. - Feb 2008

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