Location: Cabo Verde
Event: Resumption of Additional U.S. Passport Services
U.S. Citizen Services
Effective September 21, the U.S. Embassy in Praia will begin to accept passport appointments for U.S. citizens with less than six months validity remaining on their passport in addition to those with expired or lost/stolen passports. The Embassy will also accept appointments for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) for anyone eligible for an emergency passport. To request an appointment, please email PraiaConsular@state.gov with your full name, date of birth, passport number, and phone number. Please note that the Embassy is operating with reduced on-site staffing, and it may take time to schedule an appointment. It will take approximately 4-6 weeks from the date of the appointment to receive a U.S. passport.
U.S. citizens can still register to vote and request an absentee ballot (available via email for most states), but must act now. U.S. citizens age 18+ can vote wherever they are in the world and absentee ballots are being sent out now. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions on our website, and look at fvap.gov for more resources. U.S. citizens in Cabo Verde can email PraiaConsular@state.gov with any additional questions.
Resumption of Additional U.S. Citizen Services and Visas
We are looking forward to returning to full consular services as soon as possible. The resumption of additional U.S. Citizen Services and routine visa services is occurring in coordination with the Department of State’s framework for safely returning to Department facilities. U.S. Embassy Praia has continued to provide emergency and mission-critical consular services since March and will continue to do so.
As local conditions permit, Embassy Praia will phase in processing additional U.S. Citizen Services and some routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases, for example: travelers with urgent travel needs; students (F-1, M-1, and certain J-1); and some family members of U.S. citizens consistent with Presidential Proclamation 10014. Please visit the Embassy’s Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about this Presidential Proclamation and how it might affect the travel plans for those traveling to the United States on a non-immigrant or immigrant visa. U.S. Embassy Praia will resume providing all U.S. Citizen Service and routine nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases only when adequate resources are available and it is safe to do so.
The health and safety of our workforce and customers will remain paramount. U.S. Embassy Praia is implementing safeguards to keep staff and customers safe, including implementing physical distancing in our waiting rooms, scheduling fewer interviews at a time, frequent disinfection of high touch areas, and following local health and safety regulations.
For any questions or request for assistance, please email PraiaConsular@state.gov.
State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444