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Cape Verde (also known as Cabo Verde) is a nation of 10 main islands off the coast of West Africa. Colonized by the Portuguese, Cape Verde became a commercial center for trade.
The country is home to three volcanoes, with one of them still being active. With its many geographical features, some of the best hiking in Africa can be found in Cape Verde.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Cape Verde. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Cape Verde: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and influenza.
Mosquito-borne infections like dengue, malaria and chikungunya are present in Cape Verde. Travelers should bring mosquito repellents and netting. Antimalarial medication is also recommended.
Hospitals may be found in Praia and Mindelo with smaller medical facilities also found in other islands. Bring your own medications and prescriptions, as many are in low supply in Cape Verde.
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A passport and visa are required for entry to Cape Verde. A single-entry visa is available and is good for 90 days and a multiple-entry visa is good for five years.
For more information, see our Cape Verde visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling or by filling out our online form.
Cape Verde has a tropical climate and is fairly consistent year-round. Temperature ranges from 78 degrees Fahrenheit to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is low humidity in Cape Verde and strong winds occur between November and March. This creates large waves off the coasts. There are large amounts of sunshine, with little cloud cover. The warmest month to travel to Cape Verde is in August.
Petty crime is common in Cape Verde in highly-populated areas such as markets and festivals. Look out for groups of children with no adult supervision. The majority of pickpockets are children.
Be careful when using hillside stairways at all times of the day, for these are common locations for assault. It is strongly advised not to use them.
While swimming or fishing in the waters around Cape Verde, watch out for strong tides and currents that can cause drowning.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
Cape Verde is most known for its hiking trails, especially on the island of Santo Antao. The island has canyons and valleys with lush vegetation. The northern part of the island is the most popular among hikers and you can access it by ferry.
The hiking trails in northern Santo Antao feature a variety of different trails including coastal trails, trails of volcanic rock, cliffs, bluffs, cobblestone paths, terraces and small villages filled with colorful buildings. The two most popular hikes on the island are the Cova Crater and Coastal Track.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Cape Verde:
All Americans visiting Cape Verde should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Cape Verde, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Praia
Rua Abilio Macedo 6
Praia, Cape Verde
Visit the Embassy to Cape Verde website before departure to confirm correct contact details for the office.
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