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.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

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

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 130; Fire: 131; Police: 132


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for yellow fever, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever, and COVID-19.


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, Protestant, Christian Rationalism, Muslim, Jehovah's Witness, Church of Jesus Christ, other Christian, other

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: Thursday, March 28, 2024