You need to buy a visa to enter Cape Verde and this can be purchased at the airport on arrival. When you arrive try to get off the plane quickly. They only have one or two people checking passports and one person issuing visas. When you enter the airport terminal make sure you get into the correct queue for Visas! If you queue up to show your passport without a visa you will be sent back to the back of the visa application queue. By this time it could be very long. Purchasing a visa is actually simple all you do is hand your passport and €25 to the officer, tell them how long it is you wish to stay and he will issue you a slip of paper. You can pay in Euros or in Cape Verde Escudos only. The Visa lasts for 30 days and you will need to ensure that your passport still has at least six months to run after your travel dates.
You can also buy a Visa from your country’s embassy or consulate before you travel if you hold a British or European passport; however it is more expensive. If you wish to purchase in advance, the following details may be of help. You will have to enter the country within 180 days of the date of issue of the visa. We cannot guarantee that the website links below are up to date or correct. If you wish for more information on visas, please contact us using the contact form.
The Honorary Consulate of Cape Verde, London
The Cape Verde Embassy, Brussels
The Cape Verde Embassy, Netherlands
The Cape Verde Consulate, France
The Cape Verde Embassy, Germany
The Cape Verde Embassy, Portugal
You should check with your airline or travel company as some provide the Visa as part of their package. If on arrival passport control cannot find your name on their list, you will then have to pay the €25, but keep your receipt in order to reclaim your money at the end of the holiday.
It has been announced that visitors from Europe may no longer require a visa. It now appears that this will start at the beginning of 2019. This should be checked with your travel company or on arrival at the Cape Verde airport, until it is clear that this change has been introduced.
If you wish to return to Cape Verde a number of times during the year, then it might be appropriate to get a Multi-Entry Visa. This is done by applying to the Embassy or Consulate in your home country, where more information can be obtained.
You can purchase a residency visa, which lasts for 6 months. If you then wish to stay longer, you will need to apply for a Residency Card. You will need to provide a number of documents if you apply for a residency visa, most of which have costs attached to them
You can apply for an extension to your visa at a National Police station; however, on some islands the procedure can be quite lengthy. You can also do this in person at a Frontier Police Office. You must take with you a number of documents, including proof of earnings, rental agreement (in Cape Verde) or proof of property ownership and disclosure from the police in your home country, etc. All documents would need to be in Portuguese. This is not a particularly easy process!
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