Recommendations for travellers

These recommendations have no binding force and are offered merely as advice. The State will accept no responsibility for any damage incurred to people or property due either to following or ignoring these recommendations.

We also remind travellers that, at this point in time, no region in the world is safe from possible terrorist attacks.

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Important notes

Please read the rest of these travel recommendations carefully.

Fogo volcanic eruption: Because of the recent eruption of the Pico de Fogo eruption, travellers are advised to temporarily avoid Fogo island.

Documentació y visados

Passport /ID: Passports.

Visas: YES

Visa required. Once in Cabo Verde, you may apply for an extension of your visa at the General Directorate for Migration and Borders. Telephone (238) 611845.

-Visas may be obtained at the Embassy of Cabo Verde in Madrid or Honorary Consulates. Visas are issued at a cost of €45. Applications may be submitted by mail. Visas may also be obtained at the border, at any of Cabo Verde’s international airports, at a cost of €25. Holders of diplomatic and service passports are not required to obtain a visa.

Security

In general, Cabo Verde is a very safe country, although petty crime may occasionally be a problem. Travellers are advised to avoid lonely or isolated parts of cities (Praia) and tourist areas (Sal and Boavista), particularly at night. When travelling by night, it is better to go by car or taxi.

Dangerous areas (to be avoided): None.

Medium-risk areas: Lonely parts of the islands’ capitals.

Low-risk areas: The rest of the country.

Healthcare

Insufficient overall. The larger towns have hospitals or health centres, although they are not usually well equipped. Health centres may help to solve minor problems. For more serious problems, travellers are advised to go directly to a hospital, and also have taken out travel insurance that includes repatriation if needed.

Healthcare is provided in the country’s hospitals and health centres in exchange for a small payment, also demanded from Cabo Verdean citizens. Drug availability is limited.

Currency

The official currency of Cabo Verde is the Cabo Verdean escudo (CVE), which maintains a fixed rate against the euro (€1 euro = CVE 110.265).

Many establishments accept payment in euros, although the rate is less favourable (approximately 100 CVE to the euro).

We recommend changing euros into CVE at a bank (there is a wide network of branches in Cabo Verde), where the fixed euro-CVE rate is applied and a commission of CVE 350-500 (€3-4.5) is charged per transaction, regardless of the amount.

Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted only by major hotels and restaurants on Santiago and by tourist establishments on Sal and Boavista.

Useful addresses and telephone numbers

Country code: 238

Useful telephone numbers:
Santiago police (Ribeira Grande de Santiago):
262 13 32 / 262 11 32 (Praia). 266 11 32 (Tarrafal). 269 13 32 (Pedra Badejo). 267 11 32 (Ribeira Grande de Santiago).

São Vicente police: 231 46 31 (Mindelo).

Boavista police: 251 11 32 (Sal Rei).

Brava police: 285 11 32.

Fogo police: 281 11 32 (S. Filipe). 283 10 73 (Mosteiros).

São Nicolau police: 235 11 32 (Ribeira Brava). 236 11 32 (Tarrafal).

Sal police: 242 11 32 (Santa María). 241 11 32 (Espargos).

Santo Antão police: 221 11 32 (Ribeira Grande). 222 11 32 (Porto Novo). 223 12 92 (Paúl). 225 11 32 (Ponta do Sol).

EMBASSY IN PRAIA

Rua de Espanha, 1, Achada de Santo Antonio, Praia. (Opening hours, 8 am to noon, Monday to Friday) Phone/s: +238 260 1800, +238 260 1801 y +238 260 1802 y +238 260 1803. Consular emergency 24 hour hotline (only when absolutely necessary): +238 9910124.

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