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Cabo Verde Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory
January 10, 2018
Cabo Verde - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
O E N H U T C

Exercise normal precautions in Cabo Verde. 

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Cabo Verde:

Travel Advisory Levels
1 Exercise normal precautions, 2 Exercise increased caution, 3 Reconsider travel, 4 Do not travel

Cabo Verde
Republic of Cabo Verde
Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Travelers require certificates from the Bank of Cabo Verde to depart with more than 1 million Cabo Verdean escudos.
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Praia

Rua Abilio Macedo 6
C.P. 201
Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde

Telephone: +(238) 260-8948

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: + (238) 991-3325

Fax: +(238) 261-1355

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Cabo Verde for information on U.S. – Cabo Verde relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • World Health Organization (WHO) card if arriving on flights from Senegal or other West African countries

Visas:  Two types of visas are available: a single-entry visa valid for up to 90 days or a multiple-entry visa valid for five years. You can apply for a visa at the Cabo Verdean Embassy in Washington, D.C. Please see their website for the most up-to-date visa requirements. You may also apply for a visa upon arrival at one of the country’s four international airports:

  • Nelson Mandela International Airport
  • Cesaria Evora Airport
  • Amilcar Cabral International Airport
  • Aristides Pereira International Airport

We strongly advise being prepared to pay in U.S. currency.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Cabo Verde.

Find information on dual nationality,  prevention of international child abduction,  and Customs Information  on our websites.

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Safety and Security

Exercise extreme caution when participating in water sports, such as swimming, boating, and fishing, as the tides and currents around the islands are very strong. Several small fishing boats have been lost at sea in recent years and drownings have occurred on the beaches in Praia and on other islands.

The entire island of Fogo is considered to be an active volcano. Future eruptions remain a threat, as do earth tremors throughout the islands, especially on Fogo, Brava, and Santo Antão, and beneath the ocean channels that separate them. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the Ready initiative.

Crime:

Petty crime and burglary are common in Cabo Verde, especially at marketplaces, festivals, street fairs, and public gatherings. Criminals target anyone perceived to be affluent, regardless of nationality. Avoid groups of children who appear to have no adult supervision; the perpetrators of petty theft and pickpocketing are often groups of street children. Muggings occur often, particularly at night and in more isolated areas, and increasingly involve violence. The perpetrators are predominantly males between the ages of 14 and 25 operating in groups of two or more to attack their victims. Due to inadequate lighting in many public areas, often caused by rolling power cuts in urban neighborhoods, you should be especially vigilant after dark, carry a small flashlight to illuminate your path, never go out alone, keep vehicle doors and windows locked, and avoid isolated places.

It is dangerous to use hillside stairways connecting neighborhoods in Praia and many other Cabo Verdean cities and towns, even in broad daylight. These stairways isolate users and make them vulnerable to assault.

Counterfeit and pirated goods are illegal in both Cabo Verde and the United States. U.S. citizens who buy these goods are punishable under Cabo Verdean law.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

Report crimes to the local police at 132 (the local equivalent of 911) and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(238) 260-8948 or after hours at + (238) 991-3325

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical care
  • Provide support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.  Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Cabo Verde are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Cabo Verde.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:  There are significant hardships in Cabo Verde for persons with limited mobility due to rugged terrain, widespread use of cobblestone streets and pathways, very limited number of elevators in buildings, and frequent power outages.

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

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Health

Medical facilities in Cabo Verde are limited, and some medications are in short supply or otherwise unavailable. The country’s largest hospitals are in Praia and Mindelo. There are smaller public health centers and private medical clinics, of variable quality in both personnel and equipment, throughout the country. The islands of Brava and Santo Antão do not have airports which makes air evacuation in the event of a medical emergency impossible.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. 

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

There is a risk of the following diseases in Cabo Verde:

Those traveling to Cabo Verde for scuba diving should be aware that there is no hyperbaric/decompression facility on the islands.

If you need a doctor in Cabo Verde, a list of medical providers and hospitals is available on the U.S. Embassy Praia website.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Cabo Verde has an extensive road system.  On the islands of Santiago, Sal, and São Vicente, many urban and rural roads are asphalt. On the other islands, some roads are narrow, winding, and mostly cobblestone.

During the rainy season, cobblestone roads are especially slippery, and mud and rockslides are common on roads that cut through mountains. Roads and streets often are unlit and driving at night is hazardous.

Traffic Laws:  Most accidents result from aggressive driving, speeding, passing in blind curves, and/or on inclines or declines in the rain.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a problem in Cabo Verde. The peak times for drunk drivers are on Sundays and at night. Exercise extreme caution toward both pedestrians and other drivers after celebrations, festivals, and open-air concerts as well as during holiday periods, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Carnival.

Public Transportation:  Praia has three principal modes of public transport: taxi, bus, and commuter vans. Using buses and vans is strongly discouraged. These vans may have a fixed, but flexible route and try to always operate at full capacity. Often times the drivers place more passengers into the van than is practical or safe. Taxis are the recommended form of public transport. Licensed, registered taxis are clearly marked and tan/cream in color. While official taxis are considered safe and reliable, passengers should still exercise good common sense and avoid sharing a taxi with strangers.

See our Road Safety page for more information

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Cabo Verde’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Cabo Verde’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Cabo Verde should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website select “broadcast warnings.”

Hague Convention Participation
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention?
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U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention?
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Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters.
What You Can Do
Learn how to respond to abductions FROM the US
Learn how to respond to abductions TO the US
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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Praia

Rua Abilio Macedo 6
C.P. 201
Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde

Telephone: +(238) 260-8948

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: + (238) 991-3325

Fax: +(238) 261-1355

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force in Cabo Verde on January 1, 2010.  Any adoptions finalized in Cabo Verde since that date by U.S. citizens seeking to obtain U.S. immigrant visas for the adopted children are subject to the U.S. Hague Adoption Convention process. 

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Cabo Verde. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Cabo Verde should contact the Central Authority to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Cabo Verde who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Cabo Verde’s Central Authority. 

In general, it is no longer possible for a U.S. family to complete an intercountry adoption from Cabo Verde by filing a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition and/or a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, because intercountry adoption between the United States and Cabo Verde are now subject to the Hague Adoption Convention. One limited exception would be for cases involving full and final adoption decrees issued in Cabo Verde before the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force in Cabo Verde on January 1, 2010. Such cases could be processed for U.S. immigration purposes as non-Hague cases. Additionally, U.S. citizens who filed a Form I-600A or Form I-600 prior to January 1, 2010 may meet transition criteria.  If you feel your adoption could qualify as a transition case, please contact the USCIS office or Embassy where you filed the Form I-600A or Form I-600.

U.S. citizen families interested in adopting in Cabo Verde may initiate a Hague adoption case on behalf of a child in Cabo Verde by filing a Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country.  While adoption is legally possible, children from Cabo Verde are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. No child from Cabo Verde has received a U.S. adoption immigrant visa relating to an intercountry adoption in the past five fiscal years. 

Please note that all intercountry adoptions between Cabo Verde and the United States that do not meet the requirements to proceed as transition cases must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. laws relating to Hague adoptions. Do not finalize an adoption or obtain legal custody of a child in Cabo Verde in a Convention case, before a U.S. consular officer issues an “Article 5 Letter.” See the “Hague Adoption Process ” section for more information.

Questions about the transition process, Form I-600A, Form I-600 and/or Form I-800A and Form I-800 filings should be directed to USCIS.

We are in the process of updating our Country Information Sheet for Cabo Verde.  Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at adoption@state.gov. You may also reach us at 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or 202-501-4444 from outside the United States.

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
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Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 60 Months
B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 60 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

 

Available

Fees:  There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao de Nascimento

Issuing Authority: Depends on location

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Birth certificates are acquired from the following offices -

  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz and Tarrafel): Conservatoria dos Registros Civil
  • Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafel), Boa Vista, Maio, and Brava: Delegacao dos Servicos de Registro, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal

Exceptions: There are no exceptions

Comments: None

 

Death/Burial

 

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao de Obito

Issuing Authority: Depends on location

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Death certificates are acquired from the following offices -

  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz and Tarrafel): Conservatoria dos Registros Civil
  • Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafel), Boa Vista, Maio, and Brava: Delegacao dos Servicos de Registro, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage
 

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao de Casamento

Issuing Authority: Depends on location

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Marriage certificates are acquired from the following offices -

  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz and Tarrafel): Conservatoria dos Registros Civil
  • Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafel), Boa Vista, Maio, and Brava: Delegacao dos Servicos de Registro, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Divorce

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidao do Divorcio

Issuing Authority: Conservatoria dos Registos

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal on the back or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Divorce Certificates (Certidao do Divorcio) are issued by the Conservatoria dos Registos on the island where the divorce was decreed.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Older certificates may be handwritten and require a seal on the back in black or blue ink or a raised seal.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name:  Certidao de Adopcao

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seals/color/formats

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Adoption decrees are granted by district courts depending on the island the adoption was granted

  • Santiago (Praia) or Sao Vicente (Mindelo) – Tribunal de Familia e Menores da Comarca
  • All other islands – Tribunal da Comarca

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

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Identity Card

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Bilhete de Identidade

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seals/color/formats

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should request identity cards in their place of birth or current residence.

  • Santiago (Praia), Brava and Maio - Arquivo Nacional Identificacao Civil e Criminal in Santiago (Praia)
  • Sao Vicente, Santo Antao, Boa Vista, and Sao Nicolau - Arquivo Nacional Identificacao Civil e Criminal in Sao Vicente
  • Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, and Tarrafal) - Conservatoria/Cartorio
  • Santiago (Sao Domingos, Calheta Sao Miguel) and Fogo (Mosteiros) - Delegacao dos Servicos de Registo, Notariado e Identificacao

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certificado de Registo Criminal

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: An applicant should request a police certificate from the location they were born, currently reside, or previously resided

  • Santiago (Praia) and Sao Vicente - Arquivo Nacional Identificacao Civil e Criminal
  • Santo Antao, Sal, Fogo, and Santiago (Santa Catarina, Santa Cruz, and Tarrafal) - Conservatoria/Cartorio
  • Santo Antao (Porto Novo and Paul), Sao Nicolau (Ribeira Brava and Tarrafal), Boa Vista, Maio, Santiago (Sao Domingos and Calheta Sao Miguel), Fogo (Mosteiros), and Brava - Delegacao dos Servicos de Registo, Notariado e Identificacao
  • Applicants living in any other location - Must request a Certificado do Registo Criminal through a legal representative, relative, or other interested party at the office for their former place of residence. Authorities do not process these requests by mail

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Sao Vicente continues to use the pre-printed handwritten form with the heading of Conservatoria dos Registos until they exhaust their stock.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Complete criminal records pertaining to foreigners before independence (July 5, 1975) were transferred to Lisbon and must be obtained through Portuguese authorities.

 

Court Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name:  Certidao de Sentenca

Issuing Authority: Depends on location – see Procedure for Obtaining

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seal(s)/color/formats

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Court records may be obtained by the court having jurisdiction over the matter.

  • Santiago (Praia) and Sao Vicente (Mindelo) - Tribunal de Execucao de Penas
  • All other locations - Tribunal da Comarca

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Prison Records

Unavailable

 

Military Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service

Document Name: Certidão Militar

Issuing Authority: Ministerio da Defesa Nacional

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Computerized certificate with either a black or blue ink seal or a raised seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: There is no specific issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Applicants should contact the Estado Maior das Forcas Armadas, Seccao de Pessoal e Justica, located in either Santiago (Praia) or Sao Vicente (Mindelo)

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate document

Exceptions: None

Comments: Male applicants between the ages of 18 to 35 are required to present their Certidão Militar at the time of their immigrant visa interview, even if they have not served in the military.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Unavailable.

Other Records

Certificate of Residence

Available. The City Hall (Camara Municipal) in the zone of the applicant's residence issues the Attestation of Residence (Atestado de Residencia). This document may be issued to Cabo Verdean citizens and to foreign nationals.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address:  Rua Abilio Macedo 6
                  Praia, Cabo Verde

Phone Number:  (238) 260-8900   Fax: (238) 261-1355

Email Address: PraiaConsular@state.gov

Visa Services: All visas for Cabo Verde

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Cabo Verde.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 965-6820 (202) 965-1207

Boston, MA (617) 353-0014 (617) 859-9798

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Praia
Rua Abilio Macedo 6
C.P. 201
Praia, Santiago, Cabo Verde
Telephone
+(238) 260-8948
Emergency
+ (238) 991-3325
Fax
+(238) 261-1355
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