Gaborone - 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?

Credit cards are very widely used and are safe to use. ATMs are common as well and I use them all the time with no problems, just make sure it's an international or South African bank. - Dec 2023

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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