Cabo Verde

Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise normal precautions in Cabo Verde. Some areas have increased risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp and or visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

[238] 260-89-00; US Embassy in Praia, Rua Abilio Macedo 6, Praia, Cape Verde;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 130; Fire: 131; Police: 132


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations.


Temperate; warm, dry summer; precipitation meager and erratic

Currency (Code)

Cabo Verdean escudos (CVE)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F

Plug Type CPlug Type F

Major Languages

Portuguese, Krioulo

Major Religions

Roman Catholic 77.3%, Protestant 4.6%, other Christian 3.4%, Muslim 1.8%

Time Difference

UTC-1 (4 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Praia de Santa Maria; Praia de Chaves; Pedra do Lume Salt Crater; Buracona (Blue Eye); Cidade Velha

Major Sports

Soccer, surfing, sailing

Cultural Practices

It is common for people to make a "sssss" sound with their mouth to get your attention. This is not meant to be rude.

Tipping Guidelines

Tip a couple of euros or round up when possible in all situations.


Carved wooden statues and toys, crocheted items, batik items, native handicrafts including masks, weapons, baskets, and clay items

Traditional Cuisine

Cachupa — a stew made of mashed maize, onions, green bananas, manioc, sweet potatoes, squash, and yams

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2022