All visitors need to complete an online Registration before visiting Cape Verde. This is for stays up to a maximum of 30 days. The registration costs 3,400 CVE (€30.83) and is payable online at the time of registering. You should aim to complete this registration at least five days before arrival. If you don’t manage to do it more than five days before arrival, then it is best to wait and pay on arrival, otherwise they may try to charge you twice. It applies to all visitors who are over the age of 2. Provided you have registered online before travelling you should go to the ‘Taxes paid’ queue on arrival in Cape Verde. If you haven’t pre-registered, you will need the ‘Taxes to pay’ queue. All visitors need to ensure that their passport still has at least six months to run after the travel dates. Please note – if you are travelling on a UK passport choose UK and not British Subject on the drop-down menus when registering. If not you will be charged for both the Visitor Registration and a visa.
Do I need a visa for Cape Verde? If you are not travelling from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or the UK and most African countries, you will also need to purchase a 30 day tourist visa for Cape Verde. This visa costs 2,756 CVE (25€). If you need a visa it will be automatically included in the online registration process, or it can be purchased on arrival at the airport in Cape Verde. When you enter the airport terminal make sure that 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 long. At the airport you can only pay for a Cape Verde visa in Euros or in Cape Verde Escudos.
Please note that there are other forms to be completed relating to covid. Please see our international travel page for more details.
If you wish to stay in Cape Verde for longer than 30 days, or return a number of times, there is a Multiple Entry Visa that lasts for six months. For information on this type of visa you need to contact the Cape Verde Consulate or Embassy in your country. You would need to send them your passport as part of the application process. Some people applying for this type of visa go to the Cape Verde Consulate on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
There are two types of residency permit – permanent and temporary. The permanent one is not often issued now and even if it is, it still has to be renewed every five years. The temporary one has to renewed every 12 months.
Applying for residency is quite complicated and requires a long list of documents;
This is a long process and approval and issue of residency could take up to 24 months.
If you wish to extend your residency you will need to request this at the local police station. There you can obtain a list of the necessary documents, which must be completed at the police station.
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!