International travel to Cape Verde


Although some cruise lines call at Cape Verde, international travel is mostly by plane. There are four main airports in Cape Verde that operate with international flights. These are on the islands of Santiago, Sal, Boa Vista and São Vicente. The other islands are then reached using internal fights or ferry – see Domestic Travel.

All visitors to Cape Verde are required to complete a Registration process. In addition, visitors from some countries will need a Visa. For more information on registration and visas, visit our visa page.

Cape Verde travel restrictions – for entry to Cape Verde a valid Covid vaccination certificate is required*. The certificate needs to have been issued by recognised, or accredited organisations. The vaccine received must be one of the six that the World Health Organisation has approved.

Also needed is a PCR test (taken within 72 hours) or an antigen test (taken within 48 hours). Always check the current requirements of the airline.

It will also be necessary for visitors to complete an International Travel Form.

*Visitors from the UK should note that a hard copy the NHS Vaccination Certificate/Letter is needed. This can be applied for from the Government. It is stated that the digital version is not accepted. To be sure it is best to have both the letter and the digital travel pass, as the latter may be required is travelling through another country, such as Portugal.

Cape Verde’s Four International Airports

Sao Vicente
Boa Vista