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Travel information Cape Verde


  • Cape Verde lies in the GMT-1 zone. The time difference with Europe is 2 hours in the winter and 3 hours in the summer time.
  • The official language in Cape Verde is Portuguese, but the people speak Criol between one another. Each island has it's own dialect. Some Cape Verdians speak Italian, French and English (mostly on Sal and Boa Vista).
  • Vaccinations are not obligated before entering the country. Some of them, like DTP (diphteria, pertussis and tetanus) are recommended.
  • The currency used is Cape Verdean Escudo (CVE). The offcial course is 1 euro for 110 CVE, but in most of the shops and restaurants the course is 1 euro for 100 CVE. 
  • There are cash machines available, next to a bank in town or in the bigger hotel resorts. You will be charged €2,5 transaction fee for every withdrawl. Make sure to activate your bank card for out of Europe payments. 
  • The prices of the supermarkets are a bit lower, but some products stay quite expensive because most products are imported. 
  • To enter the country your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the country.
  • You don't need a visa any longer to visit the country for a stay less than 30 days. On arrival at the airport you pay a €30 airport tax.
  • A European driving license is valid to drive around. It's not necessary to get an international driving license. 


  • International airports: the airports receiving international flights are on the islands: Sal (SID), Boa Vista (BVC), Santiago (RAI) and São Vicente (VXE). 
  • National airports: These airports only receive smaller airplanes from the national flight connections. They are usually connected with a stop-over on another island: Maio (MMO), São Nicolau (SNE) and Fogo (SFL). The islands Santo Antão and Brava can only be reached by boat.
  • Electricity: 220-230 Volt.
  • These days most of the accommodations offer free Wifi, usually only in the reception area. More and more rental appartments; bars and restaurants make a free Wifi connection as an extra service. Local SIM cards can be bought in UNITEL and CV Movel stores.
  • Drinking tap water is not possible. It's best to buy bottled water in the supermarket. The hotels, restaurants and bars use filtered water for their ice cubes and do you no harm. 
  • The consul/embassies for most European countries are located in Praia, the capital on Santiago island.
  • Cape Verde is one of the safest African countries to visit. With the rising tourism, the numbers of street robberies also went up. Don't take too many valuable items with you on the street and spread out money in different bags. 
  • The opening times from the shops are a bit South-European. In general they are open between 08h00-20h00. Chinese shops are open all day round, but some shops close around lunchtime. On Saturday many shops close at 13h00 and are closed on Sundays and public bank holidays.