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.
As of current situation in Ukraine, how does it impact citizenship with Belarus passport (but with permit residence in Poland allowance)
Do they need apply for a visa before arriving at Sal or do it on the Sal airport , or are here any restrictions for countries like Belarus or Russia ?
If you are a passport holder from Belarus a visa is needed. You can apply on arrival for a visa.
joel patrick berger says
I am a US citizen traveling via cruise ship to Cape Verde…I am getting conflicting information about whether I need a visa or not and then the costs associated with it. Help!
As a US passport holder you can visit the Cape Verde islands without a visa, however you need to register in advance.
I am a Malaysian living in United Kingdom, and am planning to visit Sal for 7 days.
Understand I need a visa, but can’t find information on where to apply.
Can i check if i can obtain a visa on arrival at Sal Airport?
In above article about Visa you can find how to obtain a visa.
Arthur de Wasseige says
Hi, I’m in Sal since 25 days and plans to expent my trip for 1,5 month more.
How much does cost the visa extension?
I’m trying to find contact of the consulate of Cape Verda in London, UK.
I will be grateful if you have any advice to me. I have UK residence permit and UK travel document with Sudanese nationality. Would on arrival visa be enough?
Many thanks in advance
The Cape Verde embassy in the UK can be found in London. The specific address can be found via Google.
I have tried to look it up on google without luck. Will be able to answer my question as well please?
There isn’t an embassy in the UK as far as I’m aware.
Jonathan Lux used to be able to provide a visa, however this option is no longer available.
Yes, there is a consulate.
Hello , I am an Indian passport holder currently holding a 4yrs French resident permit. Am I eligible to apply visa on arrival or should I apply for visa with the embassy in France? Thanks.
You can apply for an visa on arrival at one of the international Airports of Cape Verde. Or get one at the embassy in the country of where you life. Both are possible.
MD MASUD Karim says
My wife and my 3 baby I are bangladesh nationals and passport holders. We want to come to Cape Verde as tourists for 30 days this winter. Do I need to apply for a visa? if so how do I apply?
Thank you for your help
As a Bangladesh passport holder you need to apply for a tourist visa. You may obtain one at one of the international airports of Cape Verde.
Gerald Alsid says
My wife and I will be arriving at Cape Verde by cruise ship (Azamara) at the Mindelo port on March 12, 2023. We will only be in the Island for 1 day (leaving on the cruise ship that evening).
Do we need VISAs?
Do we have to register via the EASE program since we are not arriving by air?
In the section “Arriving by boat or cruise ship” on this page we have shared some information about visa and arriving by a cruise boat. Hope this information helps you a bit.
My wife and I are UK nationals and passport holders. We want to come to Cape Verde as tourists for 60 days this winter. Do I need to apply for a visa? if so how do I apply?
Thank you for your help
If you want to stay longer than 30 days – with a UK passport – you need to obtain a visa. Applying for one can at the embassy or consulate in your own country. Alternatively you can apply for one at the airport or the local town hall.