CAPE VERDE TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde, officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country in the central Atlantic Ocean. Think of a remote archipelago off the western coast of Africa, lapped by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at winking distance from three major continents – North America, Europe and Africa. Think of bizarrely diverse terrain, from lunar landscapes to verdant hillsides. Think of crystal clear turquoise waters and sea creatures exploring wrecks of unlucky ships that sank centuries ago. Think of crumbling Portuguese colonial towns and villages peopled by easy-going olive-skinned mestizos. Think of an entire sleepy village suddenly waking up and shaking a frenzied leg at its annual carnival...you’ve just thought Cape Verde. Ignored on the main tourist circuit for long, Cape Verde is becoming popular among travellers for its combination of relaxed people, places and beaches.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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As of August 1, Cape Verde has restarted weekly flights operating from Praia (Nelson Mandela International Airport – RAI) and Mindelo (Cesária Évora International Airport – VXE) to Portugal, operated by either TAP, SATA, and Cabo Verde Airlines. The flights are open to individuals traveling for “essential” reasons, which include business, family, education, or professional purposes. Tourism is not considered an “essential” reason.Travelers on these flights must have a negative COVID-19 PCR-RT test issued within 72 hours to gain entry to Cabo Verde or Portugal.

 

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Capital: Praia (moved from Cidade Velha in 1770)

Currency: Cape Verdean escudo (CVE)

Area: 4,033 sq km

Population: 543 767 (2018)

Language: Portuguese, Kriolu

Religion: Roman Catholic (infused with indigenous beliefs); Protestant (mostly Church of the Nazarene)

Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 13 January, Freedom and Democracy Day
  • 20 January, Heroes’ Day
  • 1 June, Youth Day
  • 5 July, Independence Day
  • 15 August, Assumption
  • 1 November, All Saints’ Day

Also, Carnival, Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Cape Verde has three distinct seasons, determined by the activity and intensity of the dominant regional weather systems, identified in a transition season (November to February), a dry season (March June), a rainy season (July to October). Annual temperatures have a low temperature range. The average annual temperature is around 25ºC for coastal areas, reaching 19ºC in areas above 1,000 m. The minimum values between 20ºC and 21ºC, correspond to January to April, and the maximum values of 26ºC to 28ºC in August / September.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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