COVID-19 Information

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Last updated:  09/10/20

Country-Specific Information:

  • On September 2, the Government of Cabo Verde extended the “State of Calamity” for the islands of Santiago and Sal and implemented the measure for the island of Fogo until October 31.  Social distancing measures remain in place for all of Cabo Verde, including the mandatory use of face coverings in indoor public spaces where other people are present.
  • 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 from the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • As of August 1 there are four flights per week from Praia (Nelson Mandela International Airport – RAI) and three flights per week from Mindelo (Cesária Évora International Airport – VXE) to Portugal operated by TAP.  The flights are open to individuals traveling for “essential” reasons, which include business, family, education, or professional purposes.  Tourism is not considered an “essential” reason.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Travelers on these flights must have a negative COVID-19 PCR-RT test within 72 hours to gain entry to Cabo Verde or Portugal.  Please contact the airline directly to book a reservation and confirm details regarding COVID-19 testing requirements.  Aside from the COVID-19 test requirement, the Cabo Verdean government has not yet finalized its policy on health screening for international travelers arriving by air.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • As of July 15, inter-island passenger flights and maritime transportation resumed between all islands.  For available flights, please visit https://www.ticv.cv.  For the latest ferry schedule, please visit https://www.cvinterilhas.cv/routesschedules. Passengers traveling from the islands of Sal, Santiago, and São Nicolau are required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to flight departure and present a declaration showing a negative test result at the time of check-in.  All passengers are also required to fill out a Health Surveillance Survey prior to departure.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
    • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • U.S. citizens requiring a COVID-19 PCR-RT test for international travel should contact their nearest health delegation.  The cost for the PCR-RT test will not be more than 14,000 CVE (approximately $150 USD).
  • U.S. 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 $20 USD).

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Under Cabo Verdean law, all individuals are required to wear a face covering in indoor spaces where other people are present.  Facial coverings when outdoors are highly recommended but are not legally mandated. U.S. citizens are reminded that all Cabo Verdean laws and regulations apply to them, and they could be arrested or fined for failure to abide accordingly.

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