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 at the time of registering. You should aim to complete the 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. 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 travelling on a UK passport choose UK and not British Subject or you will be charged for Visitor Registration and a visa.
If you are not travelling from the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein, you will need to purchase a 30 day tourist visa for Cape Verde. This visa costs 2,756 CVE (25€). It will be automatically included in the online registration process if you need one, 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. You can only pay in Euros or in Cape Verde Escudos.
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!