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European visitors no longer require a visitors visa

Cape Verdean Minister Fernando Elísio Freire announced recently that from 1 January 2019, European visitors to Cape Verde no longer require a visitor’s visa. The exemption is for 32 countries, also including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.

The Cape Verde government first announced the intention to introduce this exemption for European visitors in the Spring of 2018. At that point, the intention was for it to come into force in May 2018. The government, however, delayed the implementation a few times, partly to give tour operators time to update their computer systems.

The Minister said that the reason for this exemption was to increase tourism to Cape Verde. The policy has caused controversy within Cape Verde, because Cape Verdean visitors to Europe don’t have a similar dispensation.

Whilst we trust the sources of this information, we are waiting for confirmation from European visitors entering Cape Verde.

For more information on travel to Cape Verde, visit our International Travel page.

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Visa update

The Government of Cape Verde has announced that visitors from Europe and the United Kingdom will not need to purchase a visa for visiting Cape Verde from May 2018. The inclusion of the UK in this exemption was not certain because of the Brexit vote. This is good news and may speed up the movement through the airport on arrival.

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No Visas for European visitors to Cape Verde?

It is understood that the Government of Cape Verde is drafting legislation that will lift the requirement for visitors from Europe to purchase a Visa for entry to the country. If this goes through, it is hoped that the change will come into force from May 2017. It is not clear yet, whether this exemption will apply to British visitors, because of the planned exit of Britain from the European Union.