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 almost exclusively a cash economy. Almost no ATMs in the country work with international cards. Very few places take credit cards. You have to have wads of cash with you wherever you go. - Sep 2019

Cash only except hotels. - Mar 2019

Haha, no, this is a nearly totally cash-based economy. I've heard of people having problems with the few hotel ATMs. - Sep 2016

CASH-based economy only. Credit cards maybe kind of at a few western hotels. Dinar is the currency and it has no value outside of Algeria and is illegal to take out of the country. It is Monopoly money. You can exchange cash or cash checks at the Embassy cashier at the official exchange rate. The black market exchange rate is about double, but Embassy employees are forbidden to use it. - Jun 2016

Nobody uses them. Everything is cash. - Mar 2014

In this country very few people have credit cards so using one is very hard. ATMs are available. - Oct 2013

Except in the major hotels, credit cards and ATM cards issued outside Algeria do not work in Algeria. - Dec 2011

Don't! Take cash. Either GBPs or Euros. - Sep 2008

There's no credit card/ATM system. Credit cards can only be used at international hotels. Opening a local bank account will allow access to local ATMs but the amount of money one can withdraw would be quite restricted. - May 2008

Do not use them. - Mar 2008

Don't. - Mar 2008

Not used here. - Feb 2008

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