Ponta do Sol, Santo Antao, Cape Verde

Modern one Bedroom Holiday Home Apartment

Good to know!

Visa and Passport

To travel to Cape Verde islands you need an International passport!

Note: To avoid problems at immigration, please ensure that all passports are valid up until at least 6 months after your departure date from your country.
 
A visa is required which you usually can apply into your own country or from a travel agency on request, the visa most be issued by a Cape Verde Consulate. If this is impossible, you can always buy a visa on arrival at the airport in Cape Verde. The cost will be at this moment 25 euros.
One disadvantage you must have a long wait at the airport.
 
Single Entry Visa are valid for six month from the date of issue. Usually last for 30 days then there would an extended visa for 90.

Multiple Entry Visa are valid for one year from the day of issue. Under this the holder may travel In and Out of Cape Verde as long as each stay in no longer than 90. 

If you prefer to stay longer than one month, you can easily apply for the extension at the immigration post at the police station.
Do this no later than 5 days in advance before your visa expires.
Note! Passport and return ticket required.
 
Vaccinations
 
You do not need special vaccinations to travel to Cape Verde.

Please bring along your sunscreen and insect repellent if (DEET) is only required after the rainy season associated with stagnant water
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Language
 
Although Portuguese is the official language, Creole is the language the most spoken all over the Archipelago. English, French, Spanish and Italian are reasonably understood and spoken by some of the local residents of the main urban centers as well as in the main tourist places.
 
Religion
 
Cape Verde is a Christian country. 
 
Waters
 
Water is a valuable resource in Cape Verde, which should not be wasted. Bottled water is highly recommended for drinking.  
 
Banking & Business Hours
 
The urban centers offer a variety of shops and fairs with different consuming goods, as well as very well supplied supermarkets.

Bank:

The bank opens at 8am to 3pm - Monday - Friday

Weekly Business hours are:

Monday-Friday

8:00 am – 12:30pm 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturdays

9:00am – 1:00pm

Most shops are closed on Sundays, but some supermarkets are open on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Convenience stores and oil stations are open everyday from 8:00am to 10:30pm, including weekends.

Tips are not compulsory, but they’re widely used to show the customer’s satisfaction regarding a service.

Clothes

Due to the country’s tropical and dry climate, and the temperatures of about 25º the whole year round, casual and light clothes are recommended. Bikinis and swimsuits are a must in the luggage. The months of June, July, August and September are the warmest months of the year. Wearing a light coat at night may be necessary during the windy season.

Food and Drinks

The combination of the African and the European cultures also had impact on the Capeverdean food. A variety of ingredients are combined in the preparation of typical dishes resulting in exotic and delicious flavours. Besides the traditional food, international cuisine is also included in the menus of the restaurants spread all over the Archipelago. There is a great variety of fresh fish, being tuna fish among the most consumed by the local residents. Lobster, squid, rock barnacle and various kinds of fresh shellfish are the delight of the seafood lovers. "Cachupa" is the most famous national dish corn base and made with various kinds of meat, different types of beans, vegetables (such as manioc, sweet potatoes, squash, cabbage and unripe banana), and different types of national sausages; cachupa can also be prepared with fresh tuna fish.

Electrical Power

Electric power is 220V moving at 50H. The type of plugs use are:

Round pin attachment plug:

Schuko plug with side grounding contact:

Currency

The national currency is the Capeverdean escudo. Money Exchange can be done in any of the bank agencies or in the exchange offices spread around the Archipelago. Money can also be exchanged in some hotels.

An agreement of parity between the Capeverdean escudo and the Euro was celebrated, so that the exchange rate is fixed:

1 Euro = 110.265 ECV

1 USD = 82.906 ECV

Telecommunication and Post Office

Technological evolution introduced in the country has allowed for direct communication from anywhere in the Archipelago to the whole world, be it by phone, fax or Internet. The cellular network system covers the whole country. Pre-paid phone cards as well as public phone booths are available all over the archipelago. Post Offices with the fast and effective Express Mail Service are spread around the country. There are also Express Mail companies in all of the islands. 

Security

The Capeverdeans are peaceful and outgoing, and the country is well known for its social stability and absence of any kind of conflict. As far as security is concerned, one should take the basic precautions that are within the general security rules to be observed anywhere in the world.

I  wish you all a pleasant journey and stay in the Cape Verde Islands.