Flights to Cape Verde
There are flights to Cabo Verde from Europe, Boston and Brazil.
The 4 international airports in Cape Verde are Sal (SID), Praia (RAI), São Vicente (VXE) and Boavista (BVC).
There are regular international charter flights from many European airports to the islands of Sal and Boa Vista.
TAP Portugal is connecting Cape Verde Islands with daily flights from many European cities via Lisbon.
Cabo Verde Airlines offers flights to Cape Verde from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris and Boston, among others.
TUIfly offers connections from various German cities to Sal (SID) and Boa Vista (BVC) several times a week. Be sure to book the “Perfect”-tariff in order to have your luggage included in the price.
Flights from UK to Sal (SID) and Boa Vista (BVC) with TUI
Binter Canarias connects Canary Islands and Cape Verde several times a week, with flights from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA) to Praia (RAI) and to Sal (SID).
Flights from Luxembourg to Sal with LUXAIR
Neos Air from Milano Malpensa (MXP) to Sal (SID).
Vaccination and Health
If you are traveling from a European country, no vaccinations are normally required. We recommend, however, to have a tetanus protection like for any journey.
A vaccination against hepatitis A and polio is recommended.
A valid yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers arriving from a yellow fever area.
During the warm and humid months (July to October), there is a very low risk of malaria on the island of Santiago. Malaria medication prophylaxis is not recommended, but you can use a mosquito repellent in this case.
Dengue fever, transmittable by the diurnal tiger mosquito, caused an epidemic in 2010 on the southern islands. The epidemic was fought at very exemplary manner and we have no knowledge of any new dengue cases reported since then.
On the inhabited islands, there are medical centers and hospitals. However, the diagnostic and treatment options are often limited when compared to Europe. You will also have to pay for the doctor, hospital and treatment costs as well as for self-medication.
We therefore recommend a travel insurance with repatriation.
On Cabo Verde Islands, only a restricted choice of medicines is available. Therefore, pack up any medication you may need in your travel luggage.
Important medicines are always safer in your hand luggage.
In the relatively warm climate of Cape Verde, bacteria multiply faster than in Central Europe. In addition, a large part of the rural population in particular have no or only limited sanitary facilities at their disposal.
Most of the diarrheal diseases are not transmitted by spoilt food but by hand contact. Washing hands, especially before eating, is the key!
If you are very sensitive, it may also make sense to take some medicine in order to strengthen the intestinal flora – please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Also, cover small open wounds to prevent infections caused by flies.
Caution with the Cape Verdean goat’s cheese, which is often made from raw milk, ignoring any hygienic regulations.
Do not drink tap water. You can buy drinking water in 1.5-liter plastic bottles in most of the small the supermarkets.
By the way, especially in the mountains and small villages, the locals are happy about your emptied bottles for reuse.
The only poisonous animal found in Cape Verde the scorpion-like and rather shy centipede that crawls like in dark crevices. Its bite is similar to a bee sting and causes unpleasant burning sensation and a small swelling at the bitten, but can also provoke such as a bee sting allergy. If you are allergy-prone, we recommend that you bring a corresponding medicine.
Note: A liability for the accuracy and completeness of medical information as well as any liability for any damage or loss sustained can not be accepted. You alone are responsible for your health.
On the Cape Verde Islands, long-lasting power cuts are not uncommon. Take a handy flashlight with you on the journey.
Electricity is 220 volts like in Europe, adapters are not necessary.
Important travel information about the flight luggage:
Please note that on Cape Verde’s domestic flights you are allowed to carry 20 kilos of luggage + a maximum of 6 kilos of hand luggage. For each additional kilo, you will be charged before the flight.
Hiking sticks are considered as a possible weapon and may therefore be transported during the flights only in the main luggage, not in the hand luggage
Our recommendations for your luggage:
- Comfortable, light clothing in the onion system
- Light fleece to coat in the mountains or in the evening
- hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun protection factor at least 30, for the face and the beach also higher
- Medicines, travel pharmacy, bandage, possibly elastic bandage
- Hiking shoes with good profile sole and over-ankle-high
- Trekking sandals
- Flip flops for the beach
- Possibly hiking sticks
- Possibly light raincoat, especially for the mountains
- Flashlight or headlamp (power failures)
- Mosquito repellent
- Possibly replacement battery for photo camera (power failures)
And of course, remember to bring your passport, flight tickets and visa card (pin code!).
We recommend that you always wear the hiking shoes on the flights or have it in your hand luggage, as the luggage can arrive later.
Store your chargers and important medicines always in the hand luggage.