Asmara - 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 not accepted ANYWHERE in country. There are NO ATMs. If you are coming for a short stay, bring your own cash. Otherwise, you will need people to wire you money through Western Union. My employer maintains accounts that let me cash checks for local currency. - Apr 2021

Credit cards are not accepted anywhere at all, including the nice hotels. There are no ATMs, as the banking system here is not set up for them. This is a cash or check economy, and you can only use local checks.) - Dec 2019

There are no credit cards and no ATMs anywhere in Eritrea. Cash only. - Feb 2019

Zero. None. Do not bring credit cards. They do not work, even in the expat hotel. No ATMs. There is no electronic banking here. Cash only. - Sep 2018

There are no use of credit cards in country. There are no ATMs. Eritrea for the most part is a cash economy. - Dec 2016

They don't exist here. - Aug 2007

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