(see useful links on Cape Verde)
• US State Department Background Note on Cape Verde, updated April 2003. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2835.htm
• The World Factbook also provides general information and maps about Cape Verde. http://education.yahoo.com/reference/factbook/cv
• World Travel Guide Online provides general information geared toward foreign tourists. http://www.travel-guide.com/data/cpv/cpv010.asp and http://www.travel-guide.com/data/cpv/cpv001.asp
• Caboverde.com provides a large collection of photos from Cape Verde, as well as general tourist information in both English and Italian.
• Lonely Planet, a major tell-it-like-it-is travel guide publisher from the UK, provides an informative interactive map.
• Travel Guide.com provides a more basic view of the country and its relation to Africa.
Visitor Visa Requirements
• All foreign nationals except citizens of ECOWAS countries, Angola, and South Africa must obtain a visa to enter Cape Verde.
• Travelers continuing to a third destination outside of Cape Verde do not require a visa provided they do not leave the airport and have proof of onward passage.
• Visa can be obtained at the different Capeverdean Embassies and Consulates in the world. The addresses of the diplomatic representations of Cape Verde in the world can be obtained by clicking HERE. When there is not a diplomatic representation in your country of residence, you can apply for a visa at the airport upon your arrival in Cape Verde.
• To obtain a Visitor Visa to enter Cape Verde, all applicants must submit in person or by mail:
(A) The completed application form.
(B) A valid passport valid for a minimum of six months.
(C) Two passport type pictures.
(D) The appropriate processing fee made payable to “The Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde” or “Consulate General in Boston.” The fee is US$20.00 for a single-entry visa or US$40.00 for a multiple-entry visa. The processing fees must be paid by money order or check, payable to: “Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde” or to the “Consulate General in Boston”
(E) A self-addressed stamped envelope if applying by mail.
Visitors coming from yellow fever contaminated areas must take a yellow fever shot before entering the Republic of Cape Verde.
The website http://travel.state.gov/visa/americans/americans_1252.html is designed for Americans Traveling Abroad
Visitors can easily travel by air to Cape Verde, which is served by two major airports: Amílcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal (SIS) and Praia-International Airport on the island of Santiago (RAI). Travel-time from the US East Coast to SIS is approximately seven hours; from Portugal to SIS, four hours; from other Western European capitals, six hours. Note that an overnight stay is often necessary when connecting through Lisbon. Cape Verde does not levy a departure tax.
• General information on arriving by air or sea can be found at: http://www.travel-guide.com/data/cpv/cpv090.asp
• TACV flies from Boston to Praia and Sal Island twice a week. Information on TACV flight to and from Boston can be found at the website http://www.flytacv.com/
TACV Cabo Verde Airlines also flies to Sal Island (SIS) from Amsterdam, Bergamo, Bologna, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Vienna; and to SIS and RAI from Banjul, Conakry, and Dakar.
TACV provides domestic air service in Cape Verde. Passengers purchasing an international ticket from the carrier may also purchase a Cape Verde Airpass, which allows a maximum number of domestic flights within a three-week period at a discounted fare
• Air Sénégal International www.air-senegal-international.net flies non-stop from Dakar to Praia. (221) 842 41 00 / (221) 823 49 70
• South African Airways www.flysaa.com 1-866-722-2476 flies from Atlanta, Johannesburg, and New York to Sal Island.
• A list of Capeverdean travel agencies can be found by clicking HERE
Executive Tour is a new travel agency
• Thomas Cook Airlines (formerly Condor) www.thomascook-airlines.de flies from Frankfurt to SIS.
Hotels & Tourist Services
• A complete list of Hotels can be found in the brochure, “Cape Verde: Different Holidays, One Destination.”
• Information by Island on hotels, restaurants, free time and other tourist services can be find by clinking HERE
• Other services and promotional businesses by island can be find by clicking HERE
Rental Cars and Taxis
• Cape Verde has an extensive road system.
• Cars drive on the right, yielding right-of-way at intersections to cars to their right and at traffic circles to cars already in the circle.
• Seatbelts must be worn at all times by all passengers in the front seat.
• Children under 12 must sit in the backseat.
• All motorcycle drivers must wear helmets.
• Rental cars are widely available in Fogo, Sal, Santiago, and São Vicente, at hotels and airports. A complete list can be found in the brochure “Cape Verde: Different Holidays, One Destination”, or by clicking HERE or CABOVERDE – ALUCAR sarl
• Euro Taxi operates in Praia. Call 626000. In São Vicente, call Taxi 2000 at 322000 or 320001.
History and Culture
• A brief history of Cape Verde and its people, from Portuguese colonial settlement to modern times, can be found at the US State Department’s website. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2835.htm
• World Travel Guide also provides a brief history. http://www.travel-guide.com/data/cpv/cpv580.asp
• The majority of the population has a mix of European and African ancestry.
• Of the estimated one million people of Cape Verdean ancestry, approximately half live in the United States (with major communities in New England and California). France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Senegal also have sizeable Cape Verdean communities.
• The official language is Portuguese. Krioulo, a mix of archaic Portuguese and several African languages, is commonly spoken and understood. Many Cape Verdeans also speak English, French, and/or Spanish.
• Capeverdean Gastronomy is based on corn and seafood. You can find some recipes by clicking HERE
• Cape Verde possesses a dry tropical climate, with two seasons. November to July is dry season, August to October is the rainy season.
• www.weather.com (www.canaldotempo.com in Portuguese) provides forecasts, average conditions, and weather radar maps for all of Cape Verde.
• Yahoo! Weather provides current conditions and a weekly forecast for Praia and Sal. http://weather.yahoo.com/regional/CVXX.html
• World Travel Guide Online provides more general information about average rainfall and temperatures throughout the year. http://www.travel-guide.com/data/cpv/cpv500.asp
• The volcanic island of Fogo and the lush island of Santo Antão are ideal for hiking and offer great views.
• Ribeira Grande Mountain on Santo Antão can be climbed in one day. A guide is recommended.
• Brava and São Vicente offer excellent walks and hikes.
• Bird watching is common in Cape Verde. You can find some information on the biodiversity in Cape Verde by clicking HERE
• Sailing charters are available
• Sal and Boa Vista islands have several qualified dive centers. Water temperatures are nice year-round.
Currency, Duty, and Shopping
• The local currency is the Cape Verdean Escudo (CVEsc). One escudo consists of 100 centavos. Notes are in denominations of CVEsc5000, 2500, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, and 100. Coins are in denominations of CVEsc200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 1.
• Currency exchange is available at Amílcar Cabral International Airport on the island of Sal (SIS), Prai Airport on the island of Santiago (RAI), and at local banks.
• Banks are open from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
• There are no restrictions on bringing currency into Cape Verde.
• ATMs can be found in Praia, Sal, São Vicente
• Major credit cards and traveler’s checks are widely accepted in principal towns and tourist areas. Checks denominated in Euro, UK Pound Sterling, and US Dollars are the easiest to use.
• São Vicente is known for its artisan shops and lobster. Santiago boasts a wide variety of tropical fruits and local artifacts. Auguardiente (sugarcane rum) and other liquors are available for purchase throughout Cape Verde, especially in São Antão. If you want make some purchase before your arrival in Cabo Verde, please consult the following websites:
• Shopping hours are generally Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 7:00pm, with many locations closing for lunch from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. In addition, stores open from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturdays.
• The Capeverdean currency, the CV Escudo (CVE) has a fixed exchange rate with the Euro. In general, the exchange rate for US$ 1 fluctuate between CVEsc 90-100 depending of the exchange rate between the US $ and the Euro.
Health and Safety
• The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides travel advice and maintains up-to-date information regarding infectious diseases in Cape Verde.
• A very limited risk of malaria occurs on Santiago Island from September to November each year.
• Water and fresh milk should be boiled, although bottled water and milk and powdered milk are available.
• Vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, and tetanus are recommended.
• US health insurance may not cover medical expenses in Cape Verde. However, public facilities will provide general in-patient treatment. On smaller islands, more expensive private treatment is common.
• Dial 130 for medical assistance, 131 for fire emergencies, and 132 for police
• According to the US State Department, violent crime is relatively low in Cape Verde
• January 1 New Year’s Day
• January 20 National Heroes’ Day
• March 3 Carnaval
• March 5 Ash Wednesday
• April 11 Good Friday
• May 1 Labor Day
• May 19 Municipal Day (public holiday in Praia only)
• July 5 Independence Day
• August 15 Assumption
• September 12 National Day
• November 1 All Saints Day
• December 25 Christmas
Sourced from Cape Verde: A Virtual Portal