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.
Do I need a visa to travel to Cape Verde?
From 1 January 2019, if you have a British Citizen passport you can enter Cape Verde as a visitor for stays of up to 30 days without a visa. In place of a visa, there is an Airport Security Tax.
What is the Cape Verde Airport Security Tax?
The Cape Verde Airport Security Tax is to cover the costs for border security, prevention and safety.
How much is the Cape Verde Airport Security Tax?
The Cape Verde Airport Security Tax amounts to CVE 3,400 (approximately 31 Euros). If you have booked a TUI or First Choice package holiday this tax will be included in the cost of your holiday. However, in order to avoid being asked for this tax upon arrival you must submit your passport details via the links below.
Please note, this must be submitted no later than 7 days prior to arrival.
What if I have booked my Cape Verde holiday inside seven days of travel?
Don’t worry if you’ve booked a last minute holiday package with TUI or First Choice. You can pay the Airport Security Tax when you arrive at the airport but make sure you keep hold of the immigration receipt. You can then contact your TUI hotel representative and they will refund this to you.
Please note, payments can be made in cash or credit card but there may be additional fees.
What if I have booked a flight only, with TUI or First Choice?
If you have booked a flight only, rather than a package holiday with TUI or First Choice or if you are travelling with another company but are booked on a TUI or First Choice flight, the Airport Security Tax will not be included in the price you paid. It must be purchased by the traveller and unfortunately cannot be reclaimed back.
How do I pay for Airport Security Tax?
If the Airport Security Tax is not included in the price of your holiday, you can pay the tax prior to departure on the Cape Verde authorities website – EASE. You’ll need to submit your passport details along with other relevant information including your arrival and departure dates, flight number and place of accommodation. Alternatively, you can pay on arrival at the airport.
What do I need to do on arrival?
All details from your registration are logged electronically so that when you arrive in Cape Verde, passport control will be able to see if your Airport Security Tax has been paid.
You’ll also need to make sure you have at least six months’ validity on your passport from the date of entry into Cape Verde.
Is there anything else I need to do before my Cape Verde holiday?
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.
After that you’re all set and ready to start counting the days until your Cape Verde getaway!
*Prices are subject to change.
Updated 4th June 2019.