If you are travelling from Countries within the European Union, plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein, you no longer need to purchase a 30 day tourist visa to enter Cape Verde. Visitors from other countries still need to purchase a visa at a cost of 2,756 CVE (25€) and all visitors to Cape Verde will need to complete an online registration prior to arrival (see below).
If you need a visa this can be purchased at the airport on arrival; however, when you arrive try to get off the plane quickly. They may only have a few 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 visas 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 only pay in Euros or in Cape Verde Escudos. You will need to ensure that your passport still has at least six months to run after your travel dates.
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. A number of documents are required 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. This can also be done 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!
All visitors need to complete a Registration before visiting Cape Verde. This can be done online at www.ease.gov.cv The registration costs 3,400 CVE (30€) and is payable at the time of registering. You should aim to complete the registration at least five days before arrival. It will apply to all travellers to who are over the age of 2. Holders of a Cape Verde passport and those people on official missions arriving in international flights will be exempt. When you arrive try to get off the plane quickly, the queues can be quite long. Provided you have registered online before travelling you should go to the ‘Taxes paid’ queue. If you haven’t pre-registered, you will need the ‘Taxes to pay’ queue.