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Everything you need to know about Cape Verde visas

With year round sunshine and stunning beaches it's easy to see why the Cape Verde Islands have grown in popularity over the last couple of years. A relative newcomer on the holiday scene, Cape Verde is often referred to as the African version of the Caribbean, so it's no wonder so many people are keen to visit.

But don't just buy a ticket without researching your trip first. If you're planning on visiting these beautiful islands you'll need to apply for a visa before entry into the country.

Don't get worried over the logistics of applying, we've created a list of practical details to help ensure your holiday goes smoothly.

How much validity do I need on my passport?

You need to make sure you have at least six months validity on your passport.

How do I get a visa?

If you've booked a package holiday with TUI, First Choice or Thomas Cook, providing you've booked more than seven days in advance, your visa is included free of charge. You do still need to apply for your visa though.

You must also register your Advanced Passenger Information - API - details. Information and links where you can input your API details and apply for your visa are provided below.

API – Advanced Passenger information websites

TUI – flightextras.tui.co.uk

First Choice – firstchoice.co.uk/holiday/info/advance-passenger-information

Thomas Cook – thomascook.com/customer-services/api-airlines

Visa websites

TUI – tui.co.uk/destinations/cape-verde-visa-application

First Choice – firstchoice.co.uk/holiday/info/cape-verde-visas

Thomas Cook – thetravelvisacompany.co.uk/thomascook/capeverde

Flying with another company?

If you're flying with another airline you'll have to apply for the visa at the honorary consulate in the UK before you leave. This visa allows for you to stay in the country for 90 days and you must enter the country within 180 days of your visa being issued.

If you fail to follow either of these procedures, this will result in you paying for your visa on arrival.

What do I need to do on arrival?

If you've applied for your visa before travelling to Cape Verde, your passport will be stamped as you proceed through passport control.

What If I booked inside seven days of travel?

Unfortunately, if you booked you holiday within seven days of travel, you'll have to purchase a visa on arrival. Join the queue marked visas, which is to the left of the arrivals hall. The current charge is 25 euros, but please note that this will need to be paid in cash. It can take up to two hours to process your visa at the airport.

What if I have booked a flight only, with TUI or Thomas Cook?

If you have booked a flight only, rather than a package holiday with TUI or Thomas Cook, or if you are travelling with another company but are booked on a TUI or Thomas Cook flight, your visa is not included. You will need to purchase this on arrival. Visas for Cape Verde are only granted by these tour operators when you book a package holiday.

Once your visa is all sorted, you can start to countdown the days to your holiday without worrying about it. It's not difficult to apply for or obtain a visa, but important you do so before you travel.

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