There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Cape Verde. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution in the country due to crime.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Violent crime has increased. Petty crime such as pick-pocketing and purse snatching is common, especially in crowded outdoor market areas and particularly in the city of Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente, and in Praia, on the island of São Tiago.
The road system is extensive, particularly on the island of São Tiago. Main roads are usually paved with cobblestones but can be narrow, winding, and poorly lit. Most other roads are unpaved. Drivers and pedestrians should exercise caution, particularly after dark. Organized roadside assistance is not widely available. An ambulance service operates in São Tiago, São Vicente, Sal, Fogo Island, and Ribeira Grande on Santo Antão.
Intercity van service can be hazardous due to the bad driving habits of local residents. Taxis hailed from hotels are generally reliable. Car rentals are available on the islands of São Tiago and São Vicente. You should purchase sufficient car insurance. In Praia, city buses and taxis are reliable, clean and in good condition.
Domestic flights are available through TACV, the national air carrier. Delays or sudden cancellations can occur due to violent winds or sandstorms. See our FAQ on transportation in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
A ferry service operates between Praia and the islands of Brava and Fogo, and between São Vicente and Santo Antão. Delays and frequent schedule changes occur. Boats may have limited space for luggage.
Sea conditions can be treacherous. Mariners should seek local advice prior to travel, particularly to the islands of Fogo and Brava. You should advise local ports of arrival and departure times and provide relatives with your itinerary.
General safety information
Do not show signs of affluence and ensure personal belongings, passports, and other travel documents are secure at all times.
You should travel in groups, particularly after dark. Tourist facilities are limited.
Strong currents and powerful waves make swimming and water sports dangerous at some locations. You should be vigilant on beaches and never swim alone.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Cape Verde authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Cape Verde, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.
Canadians must also be in possession of a visa.
Tourist visa: Required Business visa: Required Student visa: Required
Although same-sex marriages are legal in Canada, many countries or regions do not recognize them. Attempting to enter as a same-sex married couple may result in refusal by local officials. For more information, contact the foreign government office accredited to Canada.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
The currency is the Cape Verde escudo (CVE). Some hotels and restaurants in Praia will convert U.S. dollars and euros into local currency. Major credit cards are accepted in some hotels and restaurants.
Disasters & Climate
Cape Verde is very hot and receives extremely little rain throughout the year. The climate is dry and windy. The rainy season usually occurs from August to October, but there has been a severe drought for several years. Fogo Island receives more rain than the average.
Natural disasters are possible due to regional volcanic activity. The last volcano eruption was on Fogo Island in 1995.
Register your travel plans
There is no Canadian government office in Cape Verde. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the Embassy of Canada in Dakar, Senegal
Dakar - Embassy of Canada
corner of Galliéni and Amadou Cissé Dia Streets, Dakar, Senegal
P.O. Box 3373, Dakar, Senegal
221 33 889 4700
221 33 889 4720
Emaildakar@international.gc.caInternetsenegal.gc.caServicesPassport Services Available
For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada in Dakar, Senegal, and follow the instructions. You may also call the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.