Abidjan - 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?

This is a cash economy. - Mar 2021

Embassy ATM usually does not work. We have used ones at the mall no problem. We use cards at the grocery store most of the time and they usually work. That is about the only reason we use them. - May 2020

Yes, it is quite common to use credit cards, however safety will vary. ATMs are common, however card skimming practices are also common. - Feb 2020

Credit cards and ATMs can be used in high-volume grocery stores, some restaurants and in malls. I would plan on doing most transactions in cash otherwise. - Mar 2017

It's a cash-based society. Credit cards are taken at most hotels, upscale stores, and a few grocery stores. ATMs are safe and are located on every commercial street. The US Embassy also has an ATM. - Aug 2015

Cash only society. Seriously. You will use your credit card for on-line shopping, and you will blow the dust of your ATM card before going on R&R. BRING YOUR CHECK BOOK and get cash from the Embassy cashier. - Jun 2009

I have used ATMs here with no problems. Some people are uncomfortable with this though and just use the embassy cashier. There are very few places where credit cards are accepted here. - Jan 2009

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