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

Every now and again I'll use credit cards at the main grocery store or at the American food store. Embassy has an ATM but it breaks down often it seems. - Dec 2018


This is more of a cash-carrying country, just be vigilant when using your card. - Dec 2018


Visa is fairly widely accepted, and ATMs are common. There are some fraud concerns, but they can be managed. - Jun 2017


You can use them at some of the larger grocery stores and at the hotels. We use our ATM card at the embassy instead of cashing checks. - Apr 2016


There's an ATM in the Embassy. I wouldn't any other ATM. Credit cards are rarely accepted outside of the major grocery stores. - Aug 2015


This is a cash based country. You could probably use your Debit/Credit cards at the larger grocery store chains, but everywhere else is cash only. There is a bank at the Embassy and only 2 ATMs are deemed as being safe (at the large hotels). - Aug 2014


ATMS are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in some places, but they have the old fashioned machines that print out your whole number and there is credit card pirating so....skip it if you can. - Apr 2014


Be careful. Some places will accept them, but many people end up getting their cards skimmed. - Jun 2013


I used lots of ATMs and never had problems, but I heard or people having issues with it. Most transactions are done in cash. - Oct 2012


Do not use them. Skimming is a big problem, except at some of the nicer hotels which have safe ATM's next to the front desk. This is a cash economy. - Mar 2012


some people do - but there are stories of numbers being stolen. User beware. We mostly used cash. No street vendors take plastic anyway. - Jan 2011


ATM's are popping up all over and I have yet ti hear of any problems during my tenure. - Feb 2010


It is probably OK - but we avoid using these here. - Feb 2010


I am not using any visa card. - Jan 2010


We never use our credit cards overseas due to having the images stolen twice. - May 2009


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