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Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde: At a glance

Capital: Praia

Population: 546,388

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: Cape Verde Standard Time

Emergency #: 131

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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Cabo Verde: Travel Health Information

Cabo Verde is known for its beaches, mountains, and cultural sites. Visitors can take in well-preserved colonial architecture in Cabo Verde’s seaside villages, or the volcanic natural landscapes. The small village of Cha das Caldeiras, located within the Kraken crater, is also a popular destination.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Cabo Verde may differ from your home country. Cabo Verde has a small public healthcare system, with two hospitals – one in Praia and another in Mindelo. Other areas of Cabo Verde have small government-run medical facilities which provide basic care. There is also a private medical in Santa Maria which is staffed by international doctors. The quality of healthcare in Cabo Verde is limited and typically does not meet international standards.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Cabo Verde require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation may be required for medical emergencies, with Western Europe as a frequent destination. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Cabo Verde.

Pharmacies and medications

There are a limited number of pharmacies in Cabo Verde and many medications may be in short supply or unavailable. Make sure to pack an adequate supply of essential medication for the duration of your trip.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Cabo Verde’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Cabo Verde are generally well maintained and in recent years they have mostly been paved. However, speeding while driving is common and may pose a risk to travellers. Seat belts must be worn by drivers and front-seat passengers in vehicles at all times. Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear helmets.



Cabo Verde: At a glance

Capital: Praia

Population: 546,388

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: Cape Verde Standard Time

Emergency #: 131

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: Yes

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