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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. So with more and more people travelling here, it’s important that you know everything about their visa system.

All British citizens travelling to Cape Verde require a visa, so to help you out we’ve answered all your questions so you can fly through the visa process.

How do I obtain my visa?

You can apply for your Cape Verde visa online. All you have to do is fill out an application answering a few essential questions, and you’re good to go.

How much validity do I need on my passport?

You need to make sure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport, and that will need to cover the length of your stay.

How much does a visa cost?

If you’ve booked a package holiday with Thomson, First Choice or Thomas Cook, at least seven days before your date of travel, your visa will be included free of charge. However, you’ll still need to apply for your visa. In order to do this, you must also register your Advanced Passenger Information (API) details.

Here are the links you’ll need to fill out your API details and visa application.

Tour Operator API – Advanced Passenger information Apply Here for Cape Verde Visa
Thomson Cape Verde Islands visa
First Choice Cape Verde Islands visa
Thomas Cook

What do I need to do on arrival?

If you’ve applied for your visa beforehand, your passport will be stamped as you proceed through passport control. This stamp is your entry visa. This means you can head straight through to baggage reclaim.

Can I get a visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get a visa on arrival, but you’ll need to join the queue marked ‘visas’ once your arrive at the airport. The current charge is 25 euros, which will need to be paid in cash.

You’ll also need to be aware of some additional regulations. If you’re purchasing your visa at the airport, your passport must have at least 6 months validity left on it, you must prove you have sufficient funds and you must have proof of your return flights. Plus, make sure you have all documents required for your next destination.

What If i booked inside the seven days of travel?

Unfortunately, you’ll have to purchase a visa on arrival.

The application process

It is important that you fill out your Cape Verde application carefully with plenty of time. If the information provided is incorrect or the airline doesn’t receive your visa, you’ll need to pay 25 euros cash when you arrive.

What if I’ve booked a flight only with Thomson or Thomas Cook?

If you’ve booked a flight only, rather than a package holiday with Thomson or Thomas Cook, or you’re travelling with another company but are booked on a Thomson or Thomas Cook flight, your visa is not included.

Visas for Cape Verde holidays are only granted by these tour operators when you book a package holiday, so if you book a flight only you’ll have to pay for your visa on arrival.

Once your visa is all sorted, you can countdown the days to your holiday.