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. 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. 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 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.
If you wish to stay in Cape Verde for longer than 30 days, or return a number of times during the year, there is a Multiple Entry Visa. This visa lasts for 24 months and allows you to stay for up to 90 days at a time. At the end of each 90 day period you must leave Cape Verde, even if only for a few days. 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.
You can purchase a Residency Visa, which lasts for 6 months. You must have good reason for wanting to stay, such as starting a business, marriage, retirement etc. 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, and you will need several copies.
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!
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