Getting a visa for Cape Verde is not that complicated. In this article we show you the way when & how you can obtain a visa. We indicate also why you need a visa and what kinds of visa there are.
Why a visa?
For several countries you will need a visa if you want to visit these. This also applies to the Cape Verde islands, unless you come from one of the visa-extempt countries. A visa is an official permission of the country to travel and stay there. There are different types of visas, for example a tourist visa, transit visa, residence visa and a residence permit. And there are different conditions per sort of visa. Without a visa, you can not legally enter or leave the country.
A tourist visa for up to 30 days is required in Cape Verde, unless you come from one of the visa-extempt countries which are most in Africa or Europe. If a stay is longer than 30 days, the visa can be prolonged there. A visa is not required for people of Cape Verde origin (regardless their current nationality) and their spouses / children.
Applying for a tourist visa yourself is very simple. You can apply for a visa for Cape Verde in two ways:
- The Cape Verde embassy or consulate in your own country. As a reference, the cost in Belgium are approximately 45,- euro per visa excluding shipping. For children under 12 years the visa is free of charge;
- At the airport at one of the international airports of Cape Verde (Sal, Boavista, Santiago or Sao Vicente). You first take the queue to buy a visa and then pass the customs. The costs per visa are around 25,- euro. You can pay with euros or with a credit card. You have to wait in the queue a little longer but it is a cheaper alternative.
For a visa application, the following conditions are relevant:
- The passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of entry into Cape Verde. You can apply for a passport at your town hall. Do this in due time before leaving to the Cape Verde Islands;
- The passport data that you use when applying for the visa must correspond to your passport data;
- If you do the visa application through an embassy / consulate, you also must show the following: proof of return flight, proof of reservation of an accommodation or a reference and passport photo.
Visa extempt countries
For short stays a visa to enter Cape Verde is not needed for citizens from:
- European Union (30 day stay);
- Other Europe: United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Monaco (30 day stay);
- Asia: Timor-Leste, Singapore (30 day stay);
- Russia (60 day stay);
- North America: United States, Canada (30 day stay);
- South America: Brasil (30 day stay);
- Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkino Faso, Cote ‘d Lvoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierre Leone, Togo (30 day stay).
Note: You still need to register. See section ‘Mandatory registration & Airport Security Fee (TSA)’ at the end of this article.
A visa may be prolong during your stay on Cape Verde. The easiest way is to prolong your visa before it expires. You can have your visa prolonged at the office of “Direcção de Emigração e Fronteiras” in Sal, Boavista, Praia (Santiago), Mindelo (Sao Vicente) or at a police station. For the renewal of your visa you need: a valid passport with current visa, passport photo and usually also proof of where you are staying. If you are staying for a long time in Cape Verde for example for work, a rental or purchase contract is also needed.
If you get beyond the maximum length of stay you will have to pay a fine. If this is only a few days then customs usually turn a blind eye to it. A fine can be up to a few hundred euros.
For a stay in Cape Verde your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cape Verde.
Mandatory registration & Airport Security Fee (TSA)
Before travelling to Cape Verde you should register with the Cape Verde authorities via the online platform EASE. This is an electronic travel authorization for air passengers arriving on the Cape Verde islands, regardless of nationality or the need for a visa or not. Furthermore, when arriving by air – in most cases – you have to pay a security fee (Airport Security Fee – TSA). Registration and the security surcharge can be paid via the online platform EASE (preference). This can be also arranged at the border (customs). For more information read the article about the Airport Security Fee.
Arriving by boat or cruise ship
If you visit Cape Verde by saling boat you have to arrive via one of the larger harbors. These harbos are: Praia (Santiago), Porto Grande / Mindelo (São Vicente), Palmeira (Sal). Arriving to Cape Verde via another harbor is not permitted. Upon arrival at the harbos you must hand over a list of the entire crew to the customs / border police (Direcção de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) at the port office. Also make a copy of this document in case they will inspect your boat. The same rules for a visa apply as described earlier in this article.
If you are taking a cruise vacation with a destination on Cape Verde then you do not need to apply for a separate tourist visa yourself, as long as you leave the archipelago again via the cruise ship. The cruise lines usually provide the tourist visa as part of the package offered.
A tourist visa for up to 30 days is required in Cape Verde, unless you come from one of the visa-exempt countries which are most in Africa or Europe.
Travelers from certain countries are required to have a visa. The costs are around 25-30 euros. If you do not need a visa, you still need to register with the Cape Verde authorities via the EASE platform.
Yes, all travelers are required to register via the EASE platform. Preferably a few days upon arrival. You will be asked for passport details, arrival and departure dates, et cetera.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months when you arrive to the Cape Verde Islands.
I hold a Malaysian passport and have booked to travel to Sal in January departing from the UK where I reside. Will I need to apply for a visa and how should I do so? Thank you so much for your help.
As a Malayasian passport holder you need to get a visa to enter the Cape Verde Islands. You can obtain a visa on arrival on Sal or in advance via the Cape Verde embassy in the country where you are stay.
Hi, I’m Polish and I’d like to visit CV for 2-3 months. How to extend my stay legally? I’ve been to CV 5 years ago and this procedure took more than 6 months for the local authorities, which means that 5 months I was waiting for the visa “illegally”. Is it still like that? Is it really possible to get stay extension during the first month of stay? If it is then please tell me exactly how to do it.
We would recommend you to contact the local authorities or the embassy about this matter. Preferably far before your visit to Cape Verde, so they have time enough to help you further. Our experience is that the extention of a Visa can take a while, however it might depends on your case.
Hi. What is currently a max possible time for extension of tourist visas? I am a citizen of EU (Slovakia) and would like to visit Cape Verde for 3 months. What do you recommend in this case, please, and how much money will it cost? Thank you very much!
The extention of the visa during your stay will not be a problem. However, it also depends of your purpose of your stay. If you have any doubts, please consult the embassy to be sure.
Sydney M. says
I am a citizen from the USA. I was wondering how long I am allowed to stay in Cabo Verde without a visa and with only my US passport? I wasn’t able to find any clear/concise answers for this question.
Thank you, and have a great day.
With a US passport you can stay for 30 days without any visa (you only need to register). If you want to stay longer you can apply for these extra days for a visa.
Hope this helps.
Danielle Bonzon says
Hello. I just wanna ask if it is still possible to enter Cape Verde with only a passport extension of 1 year as it is not possible for us to renew our passport this year due to the pandemic.
That should not be a problem. Just make sure your passport is still valid for at least 6 months.
Anees ur Rahman says
i am from Pakistan and i want to visit cape verde so how should i apply for a visa? i have heard that visa exemption also applies to Pakistani.
As far as we know citizens from Pakistan need to apply for a visa. In the above article you can find the procedure.
I am living in Poland, having a Polish permanent residence card and married to a Polish citizen. I am a Russian national. Will I be able to enter Cape Verde and buy visa on arrival? I am travelling at the end of April with a tour bought from Itaka.
Citizens from Rusland with a valid passport can visit Cape Verde without a visa (max. 60 days), but you must register online (preferable a couple of day prior to your arrival).
Hope this helps.
Team Cape Verde Islands
What is the difference between residency visa and residency permit?
and how to get both?
The residency visa is a temporary visa which must be extended every 5 years. The other one is a unrestricted visa, however rarely issued nowadays. Hope this helps.
Hi, I am currently in Cape Verde and I am married with one Capeverdean. I am here almost 30 days right now so I start to look how to prolong my visa. But maybe I don’t need any visa if I am wife of Capeverdean? I have European passport.. thank you
Due to the corona virus we have been left by our holiday comany in Sal, Cape Verde and our 30 days is nearly up. Do we need to get an extension to our visa and if so how much will this be?
Probably you need to extend your tourist visa. There is a special website and telephone number where you can ask Corona and all related questions. See the follow page: Coronavirus Cape Verde.
Hope this helps.