Message for U.S. Citizens: Instructions for Special Flight to the U.S.; Second Charter Flight Details Forthcoming

Effective March 19, the Government of Cabo Verde announced the closure of all international travel in and out of Cabo Verde.  We recognize this has been a challenging period for many of our fellow Americans, particularly those of you seeking to depart Cabo Verde.

U.S. Embassy Praia organized a charter repatriation flight for Tuesday, March 24.  Tickets for that flight are now sold out.   We are working on the possibility of a second flight later in the week and will announce the details when they are confirmed.  The second repatriation flight would depart from Praia.

If you have purchased a ticket for the Tuesday, March 24 flight, please arrive at the airport at least two hours before the scheduled departure.  The flight will depart Sal (SID) for certain pre-arranged passengers at 05:00.  The flight will then meet passengers in Praia (RAI) at 09:00 and arrive at 14:15 at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Each passenger is allowed one (1) piece of check-in luggage of less than 50 pounds (22 kg)  – this is due to payload restrictions and any excess weight would only be left behind for operational requirements and safety.  Passengers are not able to purchase a second bag.

Due to the nature of this flight and the COVID-19 pandemic, no meal service will be provided on board.  This is to ensure the health and safety of both crew members and passengers, and these are the same procedures other airlines are following globally on repatriation flights.

Effective March 19, 2020, U.S. Embassy Praia has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens 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 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

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