Airplane passengers who land on the Cape Verde Islands should – in most cases – pay a security surcharge. This security surcharge in Cape Verde is called the Airport Security Fee (TSA) and covers the costs for border security, prevention and safety. Nowadays, most countries require a security surcharge. For the use of an airport within the European Union, for example, this extra charge is included in the flight ticket.
For who is the Airport Security Fee obliged?
For most air passengers, the Airport Security Fee (TSA) is obliged. The security fee applies to international and domestic airline passengers who use one of the airports on the Cape Verde islands. There are a number of exceptions, namely:
- Children under 2 years;
- Passengers on national official missions;
- Passengers of aircraft that use an airport in Cape Verde due to force majeure (e.g. meteorological);
- Transfer passengers;
- Citizens with a Cape Verdean passport, their children under the age of 18 and spouses;
- Residents with a passport other than those of Cape Verde on presentation of the residence permit, residence visa or other valid identification document.
What is the amount of the security fee?
The security fee for domestic flights is around 150 CVE (about 1.36 euro). This amount is usually charged when you purchasing the flight ticket.
The security fee for international flights is around 3,400 CVE (approximately 30.80 euro). The amount can be paid at the time of registration via the EASE platform registration is required. For the address see the following section.
Mandatory registration form and Airport Security Fee (TSA)
Registration must be made before departure to Cape Verde via the form of the online platform Ease.gov.cv. Preferably at least 5 days before departure. You will be asked for passport data, arrival and departure dates, flight number, place of accommodation, et cetera.
Note I: the implementation of the foregoing can still be in a transition phase. The security fee can also be paid to customs in cash or credit card, but with a small additional extra charge. If you have booked a trip through a travel organization, there is a chance that the tour operator has already arranged the registration / security fee for you. To be sure, always ask your tour operator whether the Airport Security Fee is included.
Note II: sometimes the platform of Ease.gov.cv is giving issues (errors). We would advice you to contact the website owners by mail: ease-support @ cv.zetes.com or via other ways.
Before leaving to the Cape Verde Islands, verify if you need a visa. And whether your passport is valid for a sufficient period of time.