With year round sunshine and stunning beaches it is 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 boasts a blend of Portuguese and African influences, not only in the architecture, but also the cuisine and traditions.
Despite the introduction of package tourism, the islands have resisted over-development to retain their traditional roots in the fishing villages that dot the coastline. Thanks to their beautiful beaches and clean, clear water, Cape Verde is often referred to as the African Caribbean.
So whether you’ve already booked, or you are still just planning your trip, anyone travelling to Cape Verde with a UK passport should read our ‘everything you need to know about Cape Verde visas’ guide to have all your visa-related questions answered.
How much validity do I need on my passport?
You need to make sure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport.
How do I get a visa if I’m travelling with Thomas Cook, Thomson or First Choice?
If you have booked a package holiday with Thomson, First Choice or Thomas Cook, outside seven days of departure, your visa is included free of charge, however you do still need to apply for your visa – don’t just assume you have one once you’ve booked. 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 in the chart below.
|Tour Operator||API – Advanced Passenger information||Apply Here for Cape Verde Visa|
|Thomson||flightextras.thomson.co.uk/||Cape Verde Islands visa|
|First Choice||flightextras.thomson.co.uk/||Cape Verde Islands visa|
If you fail to follow either of these procedures, this will result in you having to pay 25 euros for your visa on arrival.
What do I need to do on arrival?
If you have 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, you will have to purchase a visa on arrival.
How do I do this?
On arrival into Cape Verde Airport you will need to 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.
What if I have booked a flight only with Thomson or Thomas Cook?
If you have booked a flight only, rather than a package holiday with Thomson or Thomas Cook, or if you are travelling with another company but are booked on a Thomson or Thomas Cook flight, your visa is not included. You will need to purchase this on arrival. Visas for Cape Verde holidays 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. If you found this article useful, take a look at this handy packing checklist, which you can print out before you travel to make your pre-holiday planning go even more smoothly.