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 Cape Verdes - Formalities

Clearance

On Arrival

Actual details vary from port to port, but generally it is necessary to report to the Port Captain first on arrival at one of the Ports of Entry. An Immigration official is also usually to be found at the Harbour office. In Mindelo and Praia, visit Immigration (Policia de Fronteira) first.

Visiting Customs is only required if you have dutiable goods or pets on board.

Visas are no longer necessary for visiting yachts arriving for short stays (see Immigration section below for more details). Generally, formalities appear to have been simplified in an effort to attract more cruising boats to visit the archipelago. The ship’s papers will be retained by the Authorities, but passports just have to be stamped and are then returned.

Cruising the Islands

At subsequent ports, yachts must report to the port captain on arrival and departure. This is realatively straightforward in most ports, although cruisers have reported authorities to be very slow in Sal.

Permits are no longer necessary to visit Fogo and/or Brava islands.

On Departure

On leaving the county, Immigration must be visited. There is a fee for clearing out irrespective of the length of your stay. This is payable to the Capitania and is separate to any berthing/anchoring fees.

Note: Yachts cannot officially leave the country from Fogo or Brava, and must return to Praia, Sal or Mindelo to collect the ship’s papers and clear out. However, oncle 'officially' cleared out, it is possible to request a permit to leave from one of the smaller islands. This permit may not be granted, though.

Last updated August 2017.

Immigration

All visitors require a passport valid for at least 6 months.

Arriving by Boat

If you arrive in the Cape Verdes by boat, and leave by boat, you do not need a visa, EXCEPT if you plan to spend a night ashore.

To clear in at Port Immigration a fee of CVE500 or €5 applies per boat, independently of crew numbers.

Air Travel

If leaving or joining a boat in the Cape Verdes you do need to have a visa.

It is much better to have arranged a visa in advance to avoid long queues, however, a visa can be arranged locally on arrival at the airport or on departure at the Port Immigration (not at the airport).

There are Cape Verdean diplomatic missions in many West European capitals, Boston, Washington, Dakar and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or one can apply direct to Ministerio de Negocios Estrangeiros, Direccão de Immigracão, Praia, writing in Portuguese.

Last updated August 2017.

Customs

Visiting Customs is only required if you have dutiable goods or pets on board.

Firearms must be declared to Customs.

In theory, no tobacco products or Cape Verde currency should be brought into the country.

Last updated August 2017.

Health

Medical facilities in Cape Verde are limited, and some medicines are in short supply or unavailable. The largest hospitals are in Praia and Mindelo, with smaller medical facilities and clinics located throughout the country. Medical facilities are particularly limited on the island of Boavista. The islands of Brava and Santo Antão no longer have functioning airports, so air evacuation in the event of a medical emergency is extremely difficult from these two islands.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: (September 2016) There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 3 months. Discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Documents

Do carry an identification document (a photocopy is sufficient) with you at all times.

Fees

There is a fee of CVE $500 (5 euro) per person for inward clearance.

A fee of CVE $700 is payable to the Policia Maritima on departue from each harbour. It may be necessary to show the receipt at your next harbour.

Last updated August 2017.

Pets

Animals must be declared to Customs. A veterinarian health certificate is required. Dogs also require an additional rabies inoculation certificate.

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rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 09:53 PM

Security in Capo Verde: We stayed a month in November 2015 in sal, Boa Vista,Sao Vincente and Sao Nicolau and we were never worried by security. Only Mindelo, as every city in a poor country requires to be more careful as there are beggers and people hanging around cruisers. All other islands are very relax. For the dinghy, we never locked it: We always put a kid in charge of the dinghy, in exchange of 0.25 to 0.50 euro. It worked perfectly. Same experience from 3 other boats we have been travelling with at that time.

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 09:49 PM

There is a lot of confusion about visas required to go to Capo Verde. Do NOT take your VISA in advance if you plan to come with your boat: These visas, delivered by the capo Verde embassy in your country are for tourists, staying ashore. They're very expensive (about 45 euros for french citizen, 80 canadian dollars for canadian citizen).When you clear in, you will be asked to pay 7 euros as immigration fees for the whole crew. That makes a huge difference.
You need to clear in and out on each island. We found it long and painful in Sal, very easy on the other islands we visited (Boa Vista, Sao Nicolau and Soa vincente).

Roelof Crevecoeur
Roelof Crevecoeur says:
Dec 03, 2014 01:01 AM

We are currently in the Cape Verdes, and although the Imray pilot says that only Visa cards can be used, we found ATM's that accept both Visa, Maestro and MasterCard in all the cities we visited: Escargo (Sal), Tarafal (São Nicolau) and of course Mindelo. Also Internet is available if you buy a 3G SIM card, we paid less than 15 euro for 5 Gbyte which is significantly cheaper than buying access in for instance
Marina Mindelo. In Escargo and Mindelo we also found free internet (KoneKta) and in Mindelo there are several cafe's offering Internet.

seasunstories
seasunstories says:
Jan 21, 2014 11:33 PM

we are presently in Capo Verdes. Police recommended us not to leave the dingy at night on any pontoon or beach. The boat next to us as lost this dingy two days ago!

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