COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  01/29/21

Country-Specific Information:

  • On January 19, the Government of Cabo Verde declared a “State of Calamity” for the island of Sao Vicente.  All other islands remain under a “State of Contingency.”  These designations place certain restrictions on businesses and public gatherings, including time restrictions on restaurant operations as well as beach access in certain areas.
  • Effective November 5, all individuals are required to wear a face covering in public spaces including on sidewalks and roadways when around people who are not members of the same household.  Children under the age of ten and individuals with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering are exempt from the requirement.  Individuals who are exercising and able to social distance themselves are also exempt from the requirement.  Anyone in violation of the law may be subject to a fine up to 15,000 CVE (approximately $165). All foreign citizens in Cabo Verde are reminded that all Cabo Verdean laws and regulations apply to them.
  • Food and supplies are being delivered to all islands, and DHL continues to facilitate international shipping.  Please visit local pharmacies to refill necessary medications and arrange shipment of any required items.

COIVD-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for in Cabo Verde? Yes
    • COVID-19 PCR-RT test for international travel should contact their nearest health delegation.  The cost for the PCR-RT test is 6,500 CVE (approximately $72).
    • Foreign citizens requiring a rapid test for inter-island travel should contact their nearest health delegation or a private lab.  The cost for a rapid test is generally less than 2,000 CVE (approximately $22).
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
    • Results are generally provided via phone call.  Travelers can choose to receive their results via email or by picking up a hard copy of the test results.
  • The Government of Cabo Verde has a “green line” for Portuguese-language advice and information regarding COVID-19 available locally via phone (+238 800-1112) or chat (at governo.cv).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Cabo Verde approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are foreign citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Effective October 12, commercial flights and international maritime transportation of passengers resumed operation.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Effective December 15, the Government of Cabo Verde has authorized the use of antigen tests (Ag-RDT) to detect COVID-19 prior to travel.  Travelers entering Cabo Verde must present results of a negative COVID-19 PCR-RT test or an antigen test (Ag-RDT, commonly known as a “rapid test”) administered no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure to gain entry to Cabo Verde. Children under age seven are exempt from presenting test results to gain entry to Cabo Verde.   PCR test results are still required to transit Lisbon and the Azores.
    • Ship passengers unable to meet the 72 hour requirement should contact Cabo Verdean immigration authorities in advance of their arrival and will be tested upon arrival and will not be permitted to disembark until test negative test results are received.
    • Please contact your airline or ship operator directly to confirm details regarding COVID-19 testing documentation requirements as well as requirements for any other stopover on your journey.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Upon arrival in Cabo Verde, travelers will have their temperature checked and must submit a completed health questionnaire. Anyone displaying symptoms such as fever may be put in isolation and subjected to a COVID-19 test on arrival.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • Islands with a COVID-19 infection rate below 20 per 100,000 inhabitants are considered “green;” passengers from those islands do not need COVID-19 tests for inter-island travel.
    • As of January 19, tests are not required for inter-island travel from São Nicolãu, Sal, Boa Vista, and Brava or for passengers under the age of seven.
    • Passengers traveling from Santiago, Fogo, Maio, São Vicente, or Santo Antão to any of the “green” islands must show a negative COVID-19 rapid test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
    • All inter-island travellers are required to fill out a Health Surveillance Survey prior to departure.
    • For available flights, please visit https://www.ticv.cv.  For the latest ferry schedule, please visit https://www.cvinterilhas.cv/routesschedules.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are foreign citizens required to quarantine? No
    • The Ministry of Health may require individuals exposed to a COVID-19 case or those displaying symptoms to self-quarantine. Should you be required to self-isolate at home, it is advisable to ensure you maintain at least a two–week supply of food, water, and any essential medicines.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Effective October 12, commercial flights and international maritime transportation of passengers resumed operation.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Effective November 5, all individuals are required to wear a face covering in public spaces including on sidewalks and roadways when around people who are not members of the same household.  Children under the age of ten and individuals with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering are exempt from the requirement.  Individuals who are exercising and able to social distance themselves are also exempt from the requirement.  Anyone in violation of the law may be subject to a fine up to 15,000 CVE (approximately $165).