Nuevo Laredo - 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?

Use of cc is fine, we didn't have any problems. Use of cash is very common. In our daily lives, I'd say we found cc useful at larger places like the grocery store, but having cash on hand was a necessity for most small/medium businesses. We only ever used the ATM at the consulate. It did malfunction once and I had to jump through some hoops to get my $300 US back, but over a two year span.. not a big deal. Pro-tip. The ATM has set peso withdrawal amounts up to 4000. You can put in a custom amount to reduce the frequency of your visits to the ATM. I found I could manually pull amounts up to 6000 pesos. - Dec 2022

Credit cards are accepted in medium- and larger-sized businesses, and they seem to be safe to use. For ATMs we use the one inside the Consulate to get Mexican cash, and ones in Laredo to get US cash. - Jun 2018

Yes, always in the safe areas: the upper class neighborhoods and around the commercial areas, grocery stores etc. - Apr 2017

The Consulate has an ATM. I would recommend using cash primarily when going to restaurants in Nuevo Laredo. - Feb 2016

Haven't had any issues with this. There is an ATM machine in the Consulate if you don't want to take cash out of the local ATMs. - Dec 2015

Widely available and accepted. - Jun 2014

Going to the ATM can be a jarring experience as many people get robbed there. - Feb 2013

We have a Banamex ATM on compound that most of us use. I don't use credit cards on this side. Cash only. - Nov 2011


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