Frequently Asked Questions
DO I NEED A VISA FOR CAPE VERDE?
All visitors of Cape Verde are required to get a visa which costs about 40euros and a passport with a validity of at least six months after the date of travel. You may obtain your visa either in your country embassy in advance or you may do so when you arrive at Sal, Boa-Vista, Sao Vicente or at the Santiago International Airports. However, the visa obtained at the Santiago International Airports is only valid for four weeks. You are expected to enter the country within 180 days starting from the moment you were issued the visa. You can submit your application through the internet, through fax or by mail. All are available on the Cape Verde embassy website.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN CAPE VERDE?
The weather in Cape Verde is mostly a tropical one. The island groups feature almost no rainfalls for nine months, unlike other typical tropical climate. The remaining three months also experiences a level of low rainfall.
An average day in Cape Verde experience a temperature of 24°C in June, 26°C in July, and 27°C in August to October respectively. Temperatures get slightly cooler around the end of November and will go warm by early June
WHAT IS THE SEA LIKE IN CAPE VERDE?
The waters are always crystal-clear and warm with brilliant colors of reef fishes, and there are three wrecks of Santa Maria, Sal- the most important holiday island. The seas feature aquatic animals such as the humpback whales that bring their calves into Murdeira Villa Bay for weaning in winter and the turtle and dolphins also. The temperature of the sea is highest during September which stays at 27 degrees while the lowest degrees are between Februarys to April at 22 degrees respectively.
IS CAPE VERDE SAFE?
There is a bit of crime on the islands but the rate it affects foreigners is meager. All you need do to be safe is to stay vigilant and keep your sights on your belongings. Do not go out with your valuable items and do not carry a large amount of cash. Avoid walking in the dark to avoid pickpocketing. When you remember all these, you are safe!
Also, the political situation in the country is relatively safe, but you should beware of too rowdy gatherings and demonstrations.
WHAT CURRENCY DOES CAPE VERDE USE?
All foreign visitors can make use of the Cape Verde Escudo since it is tied to the Euro. 1 Euro is equal to 110.265 Cape Verde Escudo (CV Esc). They have banks that exchange hard currencies for foreign visitors. The famous restaurants and hotels accept Visa cards while Credit cards on the other hand, are rarely accepted.
WHAT LANGUAGE IS SPOKEN IN CAPE VERDE?
Cape Verde has just one official language which is Portuguese since they were colonized by Portugal. However, they have a widely recognized national language which is the Cape Verdean Creole.
DO YOU NEED VACCINATIONS FOR CAPE VERDE?
All travelers to Cape Verde generally should be up-to-date on routine vaccines before going there. These include vaccines such as measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, polio vaccine and so on.
Other types of vaccines to take note of are Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines which protects you from contaminated food or water, Hepatitis B which protects against diseases contracted through sex, Malaria vaccine for mosquito bites, and rabies from bats.
Pregnant women should stay away from Cape Verde because of Zika infection which causes serious defects in childbirth.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN CAPE VERDE?
There is generally a selection of good restaurants in the main towns of Cape Verde that offers different variety of dishes and cuisines including the Portuguese specialties and their local Creoles such as the Canja and Catchupa. They have islands with rich seafood that are cooked directly from the sea. Drinks may include Aguardiente (sugar cane rum), liqueur, and Manecome (local wine from Fogo.)
WHAT LOCAL LAW SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT?
There is a very strict penalty for travelers that possess, use or traffic illegal drugs into Cape Verde. Offenders may be jailed for a long time or be fined for a hefty amount of money.
HOW TO TRAVEL BETWEEN CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
If you are looking to make some tours or like to see many islands, the internal flights will get you enough of that. They have low-priced domestic flights and movements are frequent. The Binter CV airline moves frequently and works together with the Binter Canarias airline and the TACV Cabo Verde Airlines.