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

I had no problem with ATMs. - Jul 2019


Yes. I used my credit card at gas stations, restaurants, and supermarkets regularly and never had issues. Be very careful, though, when visiting neighboring countries, particularly South Africa. - Apr 2017


All are useful and safe. - Jul 2016


Both are relatively safe here, but most that accept credit cards use the chipped cards. - Mar 2015


Credit cards are used ok. We have not used ATMs here. Usually we carry cash or credit card. - Oct 2014


ATMs are generally safe. I used ATMs regularly. I would just say stick to ATMs that are in lit areas after dark. I don't remember anyone having any issues with card skimming. - Nov 2013


Fine to use them. - Jul 2013


Both are widely used and accepted. - Apr 2013


It's very easy to live in Botswana!Almost every store takes credit cards and ATM cards and it is safe and reliable to use them here. Beware however when traveling to South Africa-- where credit card fraud is common!There are ATMs in all the major cities in Botswana should you need cash, and it is safe to use them. - Jun 2010


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