Cape Verde Travel Information
Cape Verde has declared state of emergency as a
measure to curb coronavirus. The state of emergency
applies until May 2 for the islands of Boa Vista,
Santiago and São Vicente, and until April 26 for the
rest of the islands. It is closed to international,
commercial flights. Passengers arriving by boat from
abroad are not allowed to land. It is not possible to
travel inland between the islands, and public offices
are closed. For more information about coronavirus, see
the section Health.
Most trips to Cape Verde can be completed today
without any special problems. The biggest challenge for
tourists is petty crime, loss of passport or
hospitalization after minor accidents.
Norway has two honorary consulates at Cape Verde, one
in Praia and one in Mindelo. Contact information for the
The threat level of terrorism is low on Cape Verde.
However, all travelers should be aware of the global
risk of arbitrary terrorist attacks that may affect
public areas, including those frequented by foreigners.
The crime rate in Cape Verde is relatively low, but
petty crime is more widespread than in Norway. Crowds
such as marketplaces, festivals and celebrations are
especially vulnerable. Local police statistics show an
increase in crime in Cape Verde in recent years,
especially in Praia and Mindelo. One should avoid
carrying valuables openly, and one should show general
Ran occurs more often than before, especially at
night and in more isolated areas. Crime associated with
drugs is also on the rise. Due to insufficient lighting
in many public places and periodic power outages, people
are encouraged to carry small flashlights, travel with
others, keep the vehicle's doors and windows locked,
avoid dark and isolated places, and to pay special
attention after dark.
- Countryaah: Praia is the capital
of Cape Verde. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Demonstrations and crowds are usually peaceful, but
tourists are encouraged to avoid large crowds,
demonstrations and political gatherings.
The road network on Cape Verde is of varying quality
on the different islands, but the most central areas
have reasonably fair road standards.
Be careful about traffic and follow the traffic
rules. A seat belt is mandatory, and children under the
age of twelve must sit in the back seat. Helmet is
mandatory when driving a motorcycle/scooter etc. Road
accidents are the leading cause of injuries and
fatalities on Cape Verde.
Cape Verde is not a country that is particularly
vulnerable to natural disasters, but the volcano on the
island of Fogo is active and erupted in 1995 and 2014.
In the period 1982-2004, ten natural disasters were
registered on the archipelago.
Of these, four were drought disasters (1982, 1992,
1998, 2002), two storms (1982, 1983), two insect-borne
epidemics (1988, 2004), a volcanic eruption (1995) and
an epidemic (1994).
The waters around Cape Verde are unstable at times,
and tides and currents can be very strong. Particularly
the areas around the southern islands of Fogo and Brava
may be exposed to unstable and rough weather. Visitors
who wish to practice water sports, swimming and boating
should therefore exercise caution. Local port
authorities should be contacted before embarking on
voyages at sea.
Cape Verde is an archipelago of volcanic islands.
Although the volcanoes of most islands now appear to be
inactive, volcanoes on the island of Fogo are still
active. Fogo has had several volcanic eruptions over the
last hundred years, and the last major eruption was in
1995. Visitors should be aware of the possibility of
future eruptions as well as the shaking associated with
these eruptions, especially at Fogo, Brava and Santo
Antão. For more information on natural disasters at Cape
Verde, see Preventionweb or the International Disaster
Norwegian citizens staying in or planning a trip to
Cape Verde are encouraged to register their journey at
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
Local emergency numbers: Hospital 130, Fire
Department 131, Police 132, Police (not emergency) 800
In case of emergency, Norwegian citizens can contact
the Embassy in Lisbon, which is later accredited to
(responsible for) Cape Verde (+351 21 300 91 00).
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00 E-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian tourists can travel visa-free for up to 30
days to Cape Verde if you register in advance and pay a
fee. The same applies to Norwegian citizens traveling
with a diplomatic passport. This is done in one of the
- online registration on the Efficient Automatic
and Safe Entry of Travelers(Ease) online platform no
later than five days in advance of the trip
- your travel agent
- at the airport on arrival (be prepared for long
Children under two are exempt from this requirement.
So too are citizens of Cape Verde origin, as well as
their spouses and children. In these cases, proof of
race-worthy origin must be provided, such as birth
certificate, marriage certificate, etc.
Norwegian citizens traveling to Cape Verde must have
a valid passport. In addition to ordinary and temporary
passports, travel documents for refugees (green travel
documents) and travel documents for persons on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel documents) are also
If you wish to stay in Cape Verde for more than 30
days, you must apply for an extension/visa (granted for
up to 90 days). You can do this at the local immigration
police (Direcção de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras).
Alternatively, Norwegian citizens can apply for a
visa from one of Cape Verde's diplomatic representations
in Europe, such as the Embassy in Berlin, the Consulate
General in Rotterdam, the Embassy in Madrid or the
Embassy in Lisbon. This is a time-consuming process if
you do not have the opportunity for personal attendance,
and it should be calculated in good time for mailing.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. See the Norwegian health authorities'
recommendations regarding travel on the Institute of
Public Health's websites, on regjeringen.no, as well as
updated maps of cases in the world on WHO's websites.
Cape Verdean health authorities are constantly
updating their websites and the Cape Verdean government
is announcing measures on their websites.
Cape Verde health care is limited as medical
facilities and certain medicines are in short supply or
inaccessible. There are hospitals in Praia, Mindelo and
São Filipe on the island of Fogo. One of Cape Verde's
most important hospitals is Agostinho Neto Hospital in
Praia. There are also health clinics and pharmacies in
some residential areas around Praia and other cities.
No vaccines are required when entering Cape Verde.
Travelers are advised to carry an international vaccine
card if they are vaccinated. If you come from an area
with jaundice, you must have been vaccinated against the
disease before entering the country. Cape Verde was not
affected by the Ebola epidemic in 2014/2015, but you
will not enter Cape Verde if you have been in a country
affected by the epidemic over the past 30 days.
If you are using medication, include documentation on
the diagnosis, as well as any medical record or medical
At Cape Verde there are several different diseases
that are transmitted through mosquitoes such as malaria,
dengue and zika. Good precautions to avoid
mosquito-borne illnesses are to cover bare skin, use
mosquito repellent, and possibly sleep under impregnated
mosquito nets and spray the home with insect repellent.
If you are going to Praia, it is recommended that you
also protect yourself by taking malaria medication
More information about malaria, zika and dengue and
how to protect themselves can be found on the Institute
of Public Health's website. There is also a guide for
pregnant women and other travelers to areas with zika
When it comes to HIV infection, one must be aware
that the disease exists worldwide and that it is
therefore important to take precautions to avoid being
infected. One can test for the disease at the local
Be careful with the water. Drink bottled water,
boiled or purified water. Wash raw foods (fruits,
vegetables, etc.) well in purified water, possibly
The mobile network works across the country, and many
hotels and restaurants offer wireless internet. To make
calls, you can also buy prepaid calling cards that can
be used on telephone boxes throughout the country. The
mail system works quickly and efficiently, especially
when using Express Mail Service.
The coin unit is the Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE). Euro
is accepted in some places. There are banks in all major
cities and also in some smaller places, and most have
ATMs where credit cards are accepted. It is easiest to
trade in cash, but international credit cards are
increasingly accepted. Money exchange in unauthorized
places is illegal, and there are many fake banknotes in
circulation. The airport of Sal and Banco Interatlântico
in Praia have exchange machines so you can switch back
from escudos to euros before returning home. Tips/tips
are not mandatory, but are often given as thanks for
Stores are usually open Mondays to Fridays from 08:00
to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 19:00, as well as Saturdays
from 09:00 to 13:00. Most are closed on Sundays, but
some major supermarkets are open Saturday night and
Sunday morning. Please note that opening hours may be
restricted during the summer season. Normal opening
hours for the banks are from Monday to Friday from 08:00
Local time - GMT -1 (two hours after Norway)
Electricity - 220 volts with European plugs.
National telephone code - +238
Internet domain -.cv
National holidays are January 1 (New Year's Day),
January 13 (Freedom and Democracy Day), January 20
(National Hero Day), Good Friday (varies from year to
year), May 1 (Workers' Day), June 1 (Children's Day)
day), July 5 (National Independence Day), August 15 (Our
Lady's Day), November 1 (All Saints Day), December 25
(First Christmas Day).