It is possible to fly to Cape Verde in around only six hours or less from much of Europe including the United Kingdom
Visitors can fly to Cape Verde from many European cities, together with the USA, Brazil and the African mainland. The islands are located off the coast of Senegal and are easily reached from Europe. Flights from Europe can be as little as six hours. More and more flights are being introduced, as Cape Verde becomes increasingly popular. Therefore, visitors can be on some of the best beaches in the world the same day. Cape Verde has four international airports – Sal, Santiago, Boa Vista and São Vicente. For more detailed information please see our dedicated international travel page.
Internal flights connect seven of the nine Cape Verde islands, with Santo Antão and Brava being the exceptions. Some islands have several flights a day. Other islands may only have a few flights a week. Binter Cape Verde operate all internal flights, but you can also book Cape Verde flights through the main Binter Canarias site. The advantage of this is that the site is in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. Traveling with Binter is mostly reliable and comfortable. Flight times vary between the islands with the shortest only 15min (Santiago to Maio) and longest being about 45 min. For more details of inter-island travel please see our domestic travel page
Ferry services also operate between some islands. This is in fact the only way to get to Santo Antão and Brava. Some islands such as Maio have both ferry and internal flights. The ferry service to Santo Antão is from Mindelo on the island of São Vicente. For Brava you need a ferry from Praia or from Fogo. For Maio it is from Praia. There are also ferry services to São Nicolau, Praia or from Mindelo. Within Cape Verde, travel by ferry is operated by various companies, depending on the route. Some ferry routes can now be booked through Resermar Lda although at the time of writing the website is not fully functioning. There is more detailed info on Cape Verde ferries at the bottom of the domestic travel page
Visitors to Cape Verde must purchase a visa to enter the country. Prior to travelling, visitors can get this from the consulate in the visitor’s home country. However, visas can also be purchased on arrival, and this is the cheaper option. Some travel companies and airlines include a visa as part of their ticket, so check with your airline or tour operator. The Government of Cape Verde has agreed to remove the visa requirements for European visitors. It is understood that this may come into force at the beginning of 2019. More information on Cape Verde visas here
The Cape Verde Government has introduced a Tourist Tax, which is applicable to all visitors over the age of 16. The cost is currently €2 per person per night to a maximum of 10 nights. This is payable by all visitors whether in self-catering accommodation or luxury hotels. This is normally paid to the accommodation owner/manager on arrival. It may be, however, that some tour operators include it within their price. Please take a look at this page for more information on Cape Verde tourist tax