Last updated: 21 Dec 2021

Cape Verde


The Cape Verde Islands are made up of ten volcanic islands and five tiny islets, Cape Verde combines spectacular mountain ranges with deserted beaches.

Wander around Cidade Velha in Santiago, the first European settlement in the tropics and a World Heritage site to boot. City ruins from the 1600s have survived the ravages of both time and pirates, and Fortaleza Real de Sao Filipe, a dramatic cliff-side fort, provides sea views.

Explore the famous salt mines of Sal, after which the island is named. The mines were built inside a dormant volcano and are a fascinating and eerie experience. Dance barefoot on the beach. Cape Verdean's love dancing, and you're sure to pick up some special moves from the locals. Go scuba diving around Sal's amazing underwater world. Get up close to Cape Verde's plentiful sea-life.
Official Name: Republic of Cabo Verde
Capital:  Praia (RAI)
Currency:  Cape Verde Escudo (CVE)
Language:  Portuguese. Creole is widely spoken. English, French, German and Spanish are widely understood.
Dialling code from SA:  + 238
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -1 (3 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2022: 

Jan 1, 13, 20; May 1; Jun 1; Jul 5; Aug 15; Nov 1; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: August - October
Best for: Pristine Beaches 
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two rounded pins are commonly used.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Milk is unpasteurised.
Health: Medical facilities are very limited. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it.
Customs: Normal social courtesies apply. It is considered rude to eat in front of others without sharing food, therefore eating in public is not widely done.
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Cape Verde without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of spirits and 2 x 1L of wine.
• 250ml of eau de toilette and 50ml of perfume.
Prohibited Imports: Plant and animal products must be accompanied by a phytosanitary or sanitary certificate

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 14/09/2021

Cape Verde is open for travel with some health measures in place. Passengers are subject to health screening on arrival.

Form requirements

  • Passengers are required to complete a Health Surveillance Form (Formulário de Vigilância Sanitária) here prior to travelling to Cape Verde.

Certificate requirements

  • Passengers aged 12 years and older must either hold a valid Covid-19 vaccine certificate, a Covid-19 recovery certificate, or a negative PCR or antigen (Ag-RDT) test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to departure.

Quarantine and testing on arrival

  • Passengers will be subject to health screening and a temperature check on arrival in Cape Verde. If the passenger has a temperature higher than 37.5ºC, they will be isolated at the airport for further evaluation. Passengers who have a fever, cough or shortness of breath will be subject to Covid-19 testing and must remain in isolation until a result is received.
  • Passengers may be required to quarantine for 10-14 days on arrival.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

South African Passport holders are issued a visa on arrival. Passengers are to be in possession of a valid passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months, with blank pages . The visa allows a stay for up to 90 days and is approximately EURO40.

A useful website is

Cape Verde Consulate in London
7A The Grove London N6 6JU 
United Kingdom
Telephone: (+44) 7876 232305




SA Representative

Representation accredited from Dakar, Senegal.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines: 

Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio

  Malaria Risk