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Cape Verde travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: no
Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Cape Verde
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Cape Verde.
  • This does not apply to nationals of Cape Verde.
  • Passengers are required to complete a Health Surveillance Form (Formulário de Vigilância Sanitária) here prior to travelling to Cape Verde.
Flight Restrictions

Flights to Cape Verde are suspended.
– This does not apply to special, repatriation and humanitarian flights.

Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

The Ministry of Health may require individuals exposed to a COVID-19 case or those displaying symptoms to self-quarantine. Should there be a need to self-isolate at home, it is advisable to ensure at least a two–week supply of food, water, and any essential medicines.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

If you are travelling from the islands of São Nicolau, Santiago and Sal: You must have a COVID-19 test in a local municipal health facility or in a certified private laboratory, no later than 72 hours prior to travel
You’ll need to pay 1,000 CV Escudos (around £8-£10) for the test, a health declaration and results certificate. Make sure the fee you pay includes the health declaration and test result. The government of Cape Verde has set up a free helpline, which you can call if you have any information or concerns about coronavirus: +238 (0)800 1112. This helpline is only available in Portuguese.

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Full Restrictions

  • Cape Verde “State of Calamity” extended until 31 October because of COVID-19 (OSAC, 03.09.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    There are no regular commercial flights flying to and from Cape Verde. International flights are expected to resume in mid-August. TAP Air Portugal are now operating a limited number of flights between Lisbon and Santiago and São Vicente islands for essential travel only. You’ll not be allowed to enter Cape Verde if you cannot prove your travel is of an essential nature. The Cape Verdean authorities have re-opened sea borders and passenger ferries have resumed services. Internal inter-island flights are now operational. If you are travelling between islands, you’ll need to complete a travel form online before you travel.
    If you are travelling from the islands of São Nicolau, Santiago, Sal and Ilha Do Fogo: You must have a COVID-19 test in a local municipal health facility or in a certified private laboratory, no later than 72 hours prior to travel. You’ll need to pay 1,000 CV Escudos (around £8-£10) for the test, a health declaration and results certificate. Make sure the fee you pay includes the health declaration and test result. You can consult Cape Verde legislation on testing requirements online (in Portuguese only). You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    Internal restrictions:

    It is mandatory to wear a non-surgical mask when using public transport in Cape Verde and when accessing ports and airports. Most hotel accommodation is closed, there is self-catering accommodation available. The Cape Verdean government has introduced a de-confinement plan for the whole country, which includes: The maintenance of social distancing measures (1 metre and hand hygiene at all times. The need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’ve got symptoms of COVID-19. The mandatory use of surgical masks at all times, including outdoors, if you are over the age of 65 or you have a chronic illness.
    Cultural, recreational, sporting, leisure and entertainment facilities remain closed.
    Until further notice, additional restrictions are in force on the islands of Santiago, Sal and Ilha do Forgo. These include: Nightclubs remain closed. Bars and open air cafés can sell alcohol until 9pm. Parties and social gatherings are banned. Restaurants, cafés and food stalls close at 10pm. Shops and stores close at 7:30pm, with the exception of pharmacies and bread shops. Bread shops close at 9pm; in-house consumption ends at 7:30pm. Pharmacies close at 9pm. Religious ceremonies are allowed subject to 1/3 capacity, use of masks, social distancing, temperature checking and good hand hygiene. Water sports and beach activities are allowed from 6am to 10am in Santiago. Similar restrictions are in place in Sal and Ilha do Forgo.

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    11.09.2020
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    International restrictions:

    There are no regular commercial flights flying to and from Cape Verde. International flights are expected to resume in mid-August. TAP Air Portugal are now operating a limited number of flights between Lisbon and Santiago and São Vicente islands for essential travel only. You’ll not be allowed to enter Cape Verde if you cannot prove your travel is of an essential nature. The Cape Verdean authorities have re-opened sea borders and passenger ferries have resumed services. Internal inter-island flights are now operational. If you are travelling between islands, you’ll need to complete a travel form online [https://covid19.cv/] before you travel.
    If you are travelling from the islands of São Nicolau, Santiago and Sal: You must have a COVID-19 test in a local municipal health facility or in a certified private laboratory, no later than 72 hours prior to travel
    You’ll need to pay 1,000 CV Escudos (around £8-£10) for the test, a health declaration and results certificate. Make sure the fee you pay includes the health declaration and test result. You can consult Cape Verde legislation on testing requirements online (in Portuguese only). You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

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    Internal restrictions:

    It is mandatory to wear a non-surgical mask when using public transport in Cape Verde and when accessing ports and airports. Most hotel accommodation is closed, there is self-catering accommodation available. The Cape Verdean government has introduced a de-confinement plan for the whole country, which includes: The maintenance of social distancing measures (1 metre and hand hygiene at all times. The need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’ve got symptoms of COVID-19. The mandatory use of non-surgical masks in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, health centres, banks, schools, public services, ports, airports, restaurants, bars, sports/cultural/recreational establishments and on public transport. The mandatory use of surgical masks if you are over the age of 65 and if you have a chronic disease at all times when outside your home. Government advice is to stay at home, except: to buy food or other essential times; to go to work if you’re unable to work from home;
    to go to hospital or health centres; to carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need; to exercise outdoors and at some facilities and to walk pets. Public gatherings are banned but religious ceremonies will resume subject to social distancing rules, use of masks, etc. Public services are accessible by appointment only and attendance at funerals is restricted to family members up to a maximum of 20 people. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be limited to 50% capacity.

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    28.08.2020
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    International restrictions:

    There are no regular commercial flights flying to and from Cape Verde. International flights are expected to resume in mid-August. TAP Air Portugal are now operating a limited number of flights between Lisbon and Santiago and São Vicente islands for essential travel only. You’ll not be allowed to enter Cape Verde if you cannot prove your travel is of an essential nature. The Cape Verdean authorities have re-opened sea borders and passenger ferries have resumed services. Internal inter-island flights are now operational. If you are travelling between islands, you’ll need to complete a travel form online [https://covid19.cv/] before you travel. If you are travelling from the islands of Santiago and Sal: You must perform a rapid COVID-19 test in a local municipal health facility (e.g. police stations or health centres) or in a certified private laboratory, no later than 72 hours prior to travel. You’ll need to pay a fee of 1,000 Escudos for the test, the health declaration and the results certificate. Alternatively, you can take the test in a private laboratory. The fee you pay must include the health declaration and the test result.

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    Internal restrictions:

    It is mandatory to wear a non-surgical mask when using public transport in Cape Verde and when accessing ports and airports. Most hotel accommodation is closed, there is self-catering accommodation available. The Cape Verdean government has introduced a de-confinement plan for the whole country, which includes: The maintenance of social distancing measures (1 metre and hand hygiene at all times. The need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’ve got symptoms of COVID-19. The mandatory use of non-surgical masks in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, health centres, banks, schools, public services, ports, airports, restaurants, bars, sports/cultural/recreational establishments and on public transport. The mandatory use of surgical masks if you are over the age of 65 and if you have a chronic disease at all times when outside your home. Government advice is to stay at home, except: to buy food or other essential times; to go to work if you’re unable to work from home;
    to go to hospital or health centres; to carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need; to exercise outdoors and at some facilities and to walk pets. Public gatherings are banned but religious ceremonies will resume subject to social distancing rules, use of masks, etc. Public services are accessible by appointment only and attendance at funerals is restricted to family members up to a maximum of 20 people. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be limited to 50% capacity.

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    25.08.2020
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    International restrictions:

    TAP Air Portugal are now operating a limited number of flights between Lisbon and Santiago and São Vicente islands for essential travel only. You’ll not be allowed to enter Cape Verde if you cannot prove your travel is of an essential nature.. Full international flight schedules are expected to resume in mid-August. The Cape Verdean authorities have re-opened sea borders and passenger ferries have resumed services. Internal inter-island flights are now operational. If you are travelling between islands, you’ll need to complete a travel form online [https://covid19.cv/] before you travel. If you are travelling from the islands of Santiago and Sal: You must perform a rapid COVID-19 test in a local municipal health facility (e.g. police stations or health centres) or in a certified private laboratory, no later than 72 hours prior to travel You’ll need to pay a fee of 1,000 Escudos for the test, the health declaration and the results certificate.

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    Internal restrictions:

    It is mandatory to wear a non-surgical mask when using public transport in Cape Verde and when accessing ports and airports. Most hotel accommodation is closed, there is self-catering accommodation available. The Cape Verdean government has introduced a de-confinement plan for the whole country, which includes: The maintenance of social distancing measures (1 metre and hand hygiene at all times. The need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’ve got symptoms of COVID-19. The mandatory use of non-surgical masks in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, health centres, banks, schools, public services, ports, airports, restaurants, bars, sports/cultural/recreational establishments and on public transport. The mandatory use of surgical masks if you are over the age of 65 and if you have a chronic disease at all times when outside your home. Government advice is to stay at home, except: to buy food or other essential times; to go to work if you’re unable to work from home;
    to go to hospital or health centres; to carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need; to exercise outdoors and at some facilities and to walk pets. Public gatherings are banned but religious ceremonies will resume subject to social distancing rules, use of masks, etc. Public services are accessible by appointment only and attendance at funerals is restricted to family members up to a maximum of 20 people. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be limited to 50% capacity.

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    11.08.2020
  • Cape Verde The Government of Cabo Verde announced on June 23 that international commercial flights will not resume until at least August. The government previously announced that COVID-19 testing and mandatory quarantine measures will not be required for individuals traveling via inter-island or international flights.

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    International restrictions:

    Cape Verde’s external borders are closed and international flights are suspended. There are currently no commercial options available to leave Cape Verde. International flights are due to resume in August.
    The Cape Verdean authorities have re-opened sea borders and passenger ferries have resumed services. Internal inter-island flights are now operational. If you are travelling between islands, you’ll need to complete a travel form online [https://covid19.cv/] before you travel.

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    Internal restrictions:

    It is mandatory to wear a non-surgical mask when using public transport in Cape Verde and when accessing ports and airports. The Cape Verdean government has introduced a de-confinement plan for the whole country, which includes: The maintenance of social distancing measures (1 metre and hand hygiene at all times. The need to self-isolate for 14 days if you’ve got symptoms of COVID-19. The mandatory use of non-surgical masks in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, health centres, banks, schools, public services, ports, airports, restaurants, bars, sports/cultural/recreational establishments and on public transport. The mandatory use of surgical masks if you are over the age of 65 and if you have a chronic disease at all times when outside your home. Public gatherings are banned but religious ceremonies will resume subject to social distancing rules, use of masks, etc. Public services are accessible by appointment only and attendance at funerals is restricted to family members up to a maximum of 20 people. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be limited to 50% capacity.

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    21.07.2020
  • Cape Verde The Government of Cabo Verde announced on June 23 that international commercial flights will not resume until at least August. The government previously announced that COVID-19 testing and mandatory quarantine measures will not be required for individuals traveling via inter-island or international flights.

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    International restrictions:

    As of 19 March non-Cabo Verdean citizens are not being permitted entry into the country.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Cape Verdean government has introduced a de-confinement plan for the whole country which includes: The Government of Cabo Verde announced on June 29 that inter-island flights and maritime transport will not resume until 15 July. Maritime transportation to and from Sal and Santiago will also not resume until July 15. The maintenance of social distancing measures (2 metres) and hand hygiene at all times; The ongoing need for social isolation of anyone with COVID-19 symptoms; The mandatory use of non-surgical masks in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, health centres, banks, schools, public services, ports, airports, restaurants, bars, sports/cultural/recreational establishments and on public transport. The mandatory use of surgical masks for those over the age of 65 and those with chronic diseases at all times when outside their homes.
    There is an ongoing civic duty to stay at home, except: to buy food or other essential times;; to go to work if unable to work from home; to go to hospital or health centres; to carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need; to exercise outdoors and at some facilities and to walk pets.
    Public gatherings are banned but religious ceremonies will resume subject to social distancing rules, use of masks, etc. Public services are accessible by appointment only and attendance at funerals is restricted to family members up to a maximum of 20 people. Restaurants, cafes and bars will be limited to 50% capacity.

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    30.06.2020
  • Cape Verde The Government of Cabo Verde announced on June 23 that international commercial flights will not resume until at least August. The government previously announced that COVID-19 testing and mandatory quarantine measures will not be required for individuals traveling via inter-island or international flights.

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    International restrictions:

    On March 18, the Government of Cabo Verde suspended international travel into/out of the country.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Inter-island maritime transportation has resumed and inter-island flights are scheduled to resume for all islands on June 30.
    Cabo Verde’s State of Emergency ended May 29 for Santiago. However, certain restrictions on businesses and public areas remain in effect under the “State of Calamity” designation, including restrictions on beach access and restaurant operations. Additionally, under Cabo Verdean law, all individuals outside their home are required to wear a facemask and to apply social distancing.

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    24.06.2020
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    International restrictions:

    On March 18, the Government of Cabo Verde suspended international travel into/out of the country. Media reports indicate commercial international flights will resume sometime in July, although the Cabo Verdean government has not announced when it will allow international commercial air travel to resume.

    Internal restrictions:

    As of June 1, passenger maritime transportation resumed between Boa Vista and other islands. The government announced that maritime transportation would resume between Santiago and other islands effective June 30.
    Cabo Verde’s State of Emergency ended May 29 for Santiago. However, certain restrictions on businesses and public areas remain in effect under the “State of Calamity” designation, including restrictions on beach access and restaurant operations. Additionally, under Cabo Verdean law, all individuals outside their home are required to wear a facemask and to apply social distancing.

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    05.06.2020
  • Cape Verde

    International restrictions:

    All sea borders are closed and air links are suspended with limited exceptions for citizens returning to/from Cabo Verde on repatriation flights and for medical emergencies.
    A form to be filled out is distributed to travellers coming from the areas most at risk.
    Cabo Verde Airlines has suspended all commercial flights until 1 July.
    Passenger and cruise ships are allowed to dock but passengers are not allowed to disembark at all ports.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 29 May for Santiago island. For the rest of the country, certain restrictions on businesses and public areas remain in effect.
    All inter-island connections are suspended with limited exceptions for some ferries.

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    18.05.2020
  • Cape Verde

    International restrictions:

    All sea borders are closed and air links are suspended with limited exceptions for citizens returning to/from Cabo Verde on repatriation flights and for medical emergencies. A form to be filled out is distributed to travellers coming from the areas most at risk. Cabo Verde Airlines has suspended all commercial flights until 1 July. Passenger and cruise ships are allowed to dock but passengers are not allowed to disembark at all ports.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 14 May for Boa Vista island and until 29 May for Santiago island. For the rest of the country, certain restrictions on businesses and public areas remain in effect. All inter-island connections are suspended with limited exceptions.

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    16.05.2020
  • Cape Verde Flights to Cape Verde are suspended.
    – This does not apply to special, repatriation and humanitarian flights.

    International restrictions:

    All sea borders are closed and air links are suspended with limited exceptions for citizens returning to/from Cabo Verde on repatriation flights and for medical emergencies. A form to be filled out is distributed to travellers coming from the areas most at risk. Cabo Verde Airlines has suspended all commercial flights until 1 July. Passenger and cruise ships are allowed to dock but passengers are not allowed to disembark at all ports.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 14 May for Boa Vista, Santiago and Sao Vicente islands. For the rest of the country, certain restrictions on businesses and public areas remain in effect. All inter-island connections are suspended with limited exceptions.

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    10.05.2020
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