How to Get a Visa for Travel to Cape Verde

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may need a visa together with a valid passport for travel to Cape Verde.

As of January 2019, visa-free travel is in effect for citizens of 36 European countries. Also, citizens of other 21 countries, mostly in Africa, can visit the archipelago without a visa.

Find out here how to get a visa for travel to Cape Verde, how much it costs and all the documents you’ll need. Since visa requirements may change, always check for updated information before you travel.

Types of Visas

There are three main types of tourist visas available: single-entry visa (the most frequent), multiple-entry visa and group visa for tourism.

The single-entry visa is valid for 180 days, and allows you to stay up to 30 consecutive days in Cape Verde. This visa costs around $55.

The multiple entry visa is valid for one year, and allows you to stay 90 consecutive or interpolated days on Cape Verdean islands. The multi-entry visa costs around $100.

The group visa for tourism is meant for a minimum of 6 people travelling together, and returning together. This type of visa is valid for 30 days from the date of issue, and allows travellers to stay in Cape Verde for up to 30 days. A group visa costs about $40 per person.

How to Get a Visa

If you do need a visa, you can get it before you travel by contacting a Cape Verde Embassy or Consulate General. You’ll need a valid passport, a passport-type photo, and to fill in a form. You can apply at the Cabo Verdean Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Travel agents dealing with Cape Verde often arrange visas. You’ll have to provide all the necessary documents up to five days before your departure.

You may also apply for a visa on arrival at Sal, Boa Vista, São Vicente or Santiago international airports. However, some travellers have reported difficulties and delays in applying for a visa at the airport. The visa on arrival costs under $60.


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