This information is in NO way binding, and, therefore, the following are only travel recommendations for guidance and advice purposes.
In order for you to travel more securely, we recommend that:
Before leaving, check that you have with you your flights and tickets, you passport is in order, you have a visa and have obtained a comprehensive travel insurance.
Keep in mind that you are travelling to a foreign country, and therefore you must respect the laws of Cape Verde, which may be different from yours. This is very important, especially with regard to alcoholic beverages and narcotics.
Keep an eye on your documentation at all times, to avoid theft or loss.
Find out and write down the telephone and addresses of the Embassy or Consulate of your country in Cape Verde.
Should you be retained by an authority, request that they inform the Embassy / Consulate of your country of origin.
In the event that your stay is extended, register at the Consular Office corresponding to your country of origin.
It is recommended that you check the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has a headquarters in Cape Verde as well as the website of the Department of Health for your country.
You are not required to get vaccinated to enter Cape Verde unless you enter the county after a stay in an African country.
Prevention and self-protection
- Wear appropriate clothing, that is, long sleeves and light colors.
- Use repellents, especially at dawn and dusk.
- Use mosquito nets.
- Avoid places prone to the proliferation of mosquitoes, overall, areas and neighborhoods with stagnant water.
- Cover any container storing water or other beverages.
- Exercise caution with anticoagulant and anti-platelet medications.
You have to follow strict hygiene rules with food and drinks to avoid the risk of diarrhea, especially with raw foods such as salads and vegetables.
In order to minimize the risk of diarrhea, it is recommended to wash your hands before eating, drink only bottled water, avoid natural juices and ice cubes, consume peeled fruit and vegetables washed and disinfected properly, cook meat and fish thoroughly, be cautious with sauces and avoid dairy products (especially homemade cheeses).
The best restaurants and hotels in Praia, Sal and Boavista are, in general, reliable, and you can safely have natural juices, vegetables and ice cubes with your drinks as they sterilize water before freezing it. In other places it is better to avoid them.
In case of diarrhea, it is recommended to replace the loss of fluids with a solution of water and serum. You can buy serum packets in local pharmacies, although if you are going to travel to remote areas, it is advisable to take them with you.
Health network: hospitals and health centers
There is a hospital or health center in the most important population centers. Health centers can solve minor problems. For more serious matters, it is recommended to go directly to the hospital and also have travel insurance that includes repatriation if you need to return to your country.
Pharmaceutical supplies are limited.
Safety and Security
Safety in Cape Verde varies depending on the islands. It is important that your documentation (passport and ID), as well as airline tickets, be left in the safety box in your hotel room. You can carry a copy of your documentation to identify yourself.
It is advisable to avoid walking in areas with little or no people, especially at night.
For night outings is advisable to take a car or taxi, which are reliable and affordable. Hotels are also reliable establishments as well as the national and urban police, to which you can turn to without problems.
High risk areas (should be avoided): None.
Medium risk areas: Places not very busy in the capitals of the different islands, as well as neighborhoods of Praia far from the center, especially at night.
Areas without problems: Rest of the country.