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Visitors planning a trip to Cape Verde are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival and have a passport that is valid for at least six months post-travel. It is also possible to get a visa for stays up to 90 days on arrival at Sal, Sao Vicente, Boa Vista and Santiago international airports. For more information and to check requirements, visit

Health and Safety

While there are reports that crime is on the increase, Cape Verde tends to be a fairly safe place. The usual precautions should be taken like avoiding traveling alone at night, not carrying valuables or having large amounts of money in the open. It is worth acting with caution in Mindelo and Sao Vicente, especially at night. Unfortunately, there have been numerous cases, primarily involving young children, of bag snatching and scams. Attacks against tourists remain relatively rare; however, always keep an eye on your belongings especially in large crowds. Don’t leave anything unattended on the beaches or in your hotel room not locked in a safe.

Tap water and the local food are both fine for consumption. It is always worth investing in private healthcare before visiting Cape Verde as medical facilities are not extensive. Hospitals are located in Praia, Sao Filipe and Mindelo, with smaller offices in the other towns. Basic vaccinations such as yellow fever, hepatitis A and B and tetanus, are recommended. If medication is required, pharmacies can found throughout the capital and in some of the smaller communities, usually keeping standard hours.

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