You need to buy a visa to enter Cape Verde and this can be purchased at the airport on arrival. When you arrive try to get off the plane quickly. They only have one or two people checking passports and one person issuing visas. When you enter the airport terminal make sure 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 very long. Purchasing a visa is actually simple all you do is hand your passport and €25 to the officer, tell them how long it is you wish to stay and he will issue you a slip of paper. The Visa lasts for 30 days.
You can buy a Visa from your country’s embassy or consulate before you travel if you hold a British or European passport; however it is more expensive. If you wish to purchase in advance, the following details will be of help. You will have to enter the country within 180 days of the date of issue of the visa.
The Honorary Consulate of Cape Verde
7A The Grove London N6 6JU Telephone: +44 7876 232 305 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cape Verde Embassy in Brussels,
Ambassade du Cap-Vert, Avenue Jeanne 29, 1050, Bruxelles Telephone: +32 2 64 36 270 Fax:+32 2 64 63 385 email@example.com
The Cape Verde Consulate General in Holland
Baan 6 Rotterdam 3011 CB Telephone: +31 10 477 8977 Fax: +31 10 477 4553 firstname.lastname@example.org
You should check with your airline or travel company as some provide the Visa as part of their package. If on arrival passport control cannot find your name on their list, you will then have to pay the €25, but keep your receipt in order to reclaim your money at the end of the holiday.
You can pay in euros or in Cape Verde Escudos only.
You will need to ensure that your passport still has at least six months to run after your travel dates.
It has been announced that visitors from Europe may no longer require a visa. This is due to start in 2018, but it is not clear when. It is also not clear whether this will include British visitors after the UK has left the EU.
Multi Entry Visa
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.
A residency visa – Residencia
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. You will need to provide a number of documents if you apply for a residency visa, most of which have costs attached to them
Extending your visa in Cape Verde
You can apply for an extension to your visa at a National Police station; however, on some islands the procedure can be quite lengthy. You can also do this 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!