Official languages: Portuguese
Religion: Christianity (Roman Catholic)
Currency: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)
All UK, US and EU visitors are required to obtain a visa prior to entering Cape Verde. This may be obtained on arrival at the airport but many visitors have experienced long delays and problems with this. Alternatively, these can be obtained through specialist travel agencies or your closest Cape Verdean Embassy prior to departure.
It is advised that visitors to Cape Verde are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is recommended for most travellers to also get a Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations.
Although there is no risk of Yellow Fever in Cape Verde, if you are arriving from a country where there is a risk of Yellow Fever, or transiting for longer than 12 hours in an at risk country, you will have to provide a certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in the last 2 months. There is no vaccine or medicine to cure the virus so great care and caution must be taken. This can include measures such as using a mosquito net at night time and frequently applying insect repellent. You can find more information on the Zika virus and how to prevent mosquito bites here: Zika virus facts. 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 very limited in Boavista so you should take this into consideration when travelling to this area: ensure you have adequate supplies of medication if necessary.
The islands of Brava and Santo Antão no longer have functioning airports, so air evacuation in the event of a medical emergency is nearly impossible from these two islands.