Inter-island Flights Delayed Until July 15/First COVID-19 Cases Confirmed on Maio

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Praia, Cabo Verde (June 29, 2020)

Location:  Cabo Verde

Event:  Inter-island Flights Delayed Until July 15/First COVID-19 Cases Confirmed on Maio

The Government of Cabo Verde announced on June 29 that inter-island flights will not resume until July 15.  Maritime transportation to and from Sal and Santiago will also not resume until July 15.  The government cited an increase in new cases when announcing the delay.  There were 126 new cases recorded on June 27 and 28.

The Government of Cabo Verde announced on June 23 that international commercial flights will not resume until August.  The government previously announced that COVID-19 testing and mandatory quarantine measures will not be required for individuals traveling via inter-island or international flights.

Increased travel between islands may lead to increased cases.  The government has established health cordons in some places to help isolate cases when that is feasible.

Cabo Verde remains under a “State of Calamity” and social distancing measures remain in place for all of Cabo Verde.

The U.S. Embassy in Praia does not anticipate organizing another repatriation flight to the United States.  U.S. citizens remaining in Cabo Verde should be prepared to shelter in place for an indefinite period of time.

Required Use of Face Coverings and Availability of Supplies

Cabo Verde remains under a “State of Calamity” designation with certain restrictions on businesses and public areas, including restrictions on beach access and restaurant operations. Additionally, under Cabo Verdean law, all individuals outside their home are required to wear a face covering.  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.

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.

COVID-19 Cases in Cabo Verde

As of June 29, Cabo Verde had 1165 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including on Boa Vista (57), Sal (207), Santiago (881), Santo Antão (4), Sao Nicolau (2), São Vicente (12), and Maio (2) of which 543 were active.  The first cases were confirmed on Maio on June 27.   As of June 29, only the islands of Fogo and Brava have not recorded confirmed cases.  Additional information is available at

Inter-island Travel

As of June 1, passenger maritime transportation resumed between most islands.  The government has announced that maritime transportation to and from Sal and Santiago will not resume until July 15.  For the latest ferry schedule, please visit

The government announced on June 29 that inter-island flights servicing all islands will now resume July 15.

STEP and Emergency Consular Services

Announcements with new health and travel information for U.S. citizens and LPRs overseas are shared via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which is the Embassy’s primary means for communicating this information to American citizens, as well as on the Embassy’s internet site and Facebook page.  We urge any U.S. citizen or LPR seeking assistance to enroll in STEP as soon as possible, or ensure that their current enrollment remains up to date, so that they have immediate access to the latest information.

Effective March 19, 2020, U.S. Embassy Praia has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information, or contact us at

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice (“Avoid Nonessential Travel – Widespread Ongoing Transmission”).

Note:  This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP.  Should you wish to stop receiving these updates, please send an email to requesting to be removed from STEP enrollment.

Actions to Take:


U.S. Embassy Praia
Rua Abilio Macedo 6
Praia, Cabo Verde
Phone:  (+238) 260-8900

State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

Cabo Verde Country Information

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