Cash is used when making purchases in Sierra Leone, although credit cards are becoming more common. U.S. dollars, can sometimes be used to make purchases or exchanged at shops. Merchants sometimes will not accept U.S. dollars from 1996 and 1999.
Major international credit cards are widely accepted at leading hotels, upscale restaurants and businesses. Due to an increase in credit card fraud, expatriates should take sensible precautions when using cards - or use cash instead.