Cape Verde

Entry Requirements for Cape Verde

Entry Warning

The documentation and fee required for obtaining visas varies according to both your nationality and where you are applying from. It is the sole right of each country to determine who is allowed to enter.

Passport

All passports must be valid for six months and have two clear pages free.

Taxes

Some countries may charge an arrival or departure tax which may or may not be included in the price of an airline ticket, or may need to be paid in cash on arrival or departure.

Visa Requirements

Travelling from Requirements
Australia A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
Canada A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
Denmark A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
Ireland A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
Netherlands A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
New Zealand A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
South Africa A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
United States A visa is required, and is available on arrival. Check latest details with your nearest Cape Verde Consulate.
United Kingdom A visa is required by UK Nationals for entry into Cape Verde. It is recommended to get one on arrival at a cost of €25 per person. Signs before passport control direct travellers to a room where the visa will be processed. Alighting your plane as quickly as possible will ensure a place near the front of the queue.

Other Nationalities

Other nationalities should either contact Travcour UK (see below) or their nearest embassy for up-to-date information prior to departure.

Passport & Visa Service

For assistance with obtaining passports and visas UK-based ‘Travcour’ have been offering travellers a comprehensive and reliable travel document service since 1985. www.travour.com

Transport in Cape Verde

Buses

Buses and local taxis (Aluguers) provide local transport once on the islands, serving main towns and villages. Aluguers tend to be small Hiace pick-ups or open-back lorries with basic wooden seats. It is common practice to negotiate the price of a journey before setting off – you may have to wait until the vehicle has filled before departing.

Taxis

Taxis are available on all islands and are a reliable form of transport over short distances. The local form of transport is the ‘Aluguer’. Aluguers tend to be small Hiace pick-ups or open-back lorries with basic wooden seats. It is common practice to negotiate the price of a journey before setting off – you may have to wait until the vehicle has filled before departing.

Car Hire

Cars can be hired on the larger islands though do not expect high standards of vehicles as the car-hire industry is still developing. The majority of roads are cobbled or dirt tracks, with good asphalt surfaces on Santiago between Praia and Assomada, and on Sal between the airport and Santa Maria. Off-roading is a real adventure.

Driving

Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.

Trains

There is no railway system in Cape Verde.

Boats

A twice-daily ferry service connects Mindelo (Sao Vicente) with Porto Novo (Santo Antao. Four ferries operate regular routes between the islands, but are not particularly reliable and take a long long time (on some fairly turbulent seas).

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