We know that you'll be desperate to jet off on that holiday you've been daydreaming about. Things will naturally be a little different now, but we want to reassure you that we’re doing everything we can to make your holiday as safe and enjoyable as possible.
To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve put together the following guide which shows you how to travel safely, from the moment you arrive at the airport to stepping foot into your accommodation, and how to keep yourself and others safe while you’re away.
We have always recommended that individuals should have adequate travel insurance which is especially important now due to the current global situation. Please see our Holiday Insurance Page for further information and make sure that cover is in place for cancellation or curtailment due to Covid 19.
It is important to check the latest advice for the country you’re travelling to, paying particular attention to the entry requirements and also for returning to the UK. Foreign travel advice for Cape Verde & Government rules for entering England. Please be mindful that the information given is only for travel at the present time and is not necessarily applicable for later this year so do check it regularly.
We realise that all the information available can be quite overwhelming, so to make it simpler, we have put together the following guide - please click here
Some points to consider when choosing your test provider for travel to Cape Verde (if you are required to take a test):
If you are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 you will need a negative pre-departure Covid test (taken in your holiday destination), and you will have to isolate at home for 10 days plus get a PCR test for you to do at home on days two and eight. You can opt to use the test and release system on day five, a negative test result means you can end your quarantine period immediately. If you're a resident of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland please check for any variations in requirements.
Here is a list of private providers of Covid-19 testing as shown on the UK government's website list of Covid-19 testing providers We have been able to agree discounts with some companies as shown below but please consider your own requirements when choosing a provider.
Randox Please use code AITO43. Packages of PCR tests are supplied for those not fully vaccinated, or Day 2 lateral flow antigen tests for vaccinated travellers. CHB Medical Please use code AITO20 for a 20% discount Nomad Travel Please use code AITO10 for a 10% discount
For our island-hopping customers please ensure you are aware of any entry requirements for domestic travel between islands. It is possible to have this test conducted locally in a municipal facility for a small fee (£8-10) which can be booked on arrival – our resort staff can assist you with this.
It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that you have the correct documentation prior to check-in for your flight, it is highly unlikely that insurance will cover you for any missed departure for this reason so make sure you choose wisely and follow all guidelines. If your test result is positive, you must follow government advice ie stay at home and self-isolate in which case your insurance may cover you if you have the appropriate Covid cover included under your policy – we strongly urge you to ensure that this is the case.
Every airport is different, so we suggest reading the advice from the UK airport you’re departing from. Here are some general tips to keep in mind before travelling.
All airlines, including TUI, have introduced additional safety measures to minimise the risk of infection and protect you at every stage. Please take a little time to familiarise yourself with the policy of the airline you will be flying with.
For more information about how you can protect yourself and others while travelling, please click here.
Every hotel will be different, but here’s a breakdown of the sort of safety measures you can expect.
A private transfer for each booking will be provided in accordance with local social distancing guidelines, but masks will be required.
Strict protocols are in place regarding the operation of excursions in each destination. Transportation will be cleaned between each group and face coverings will be required. Numbers may also be restricted. Your representative will explain specific details at the welcome meeting and will be able to answer your questions prior to booking.
The Cape Verdean authorities encourage the wearing of face masks when leaving your accommodation, this is especially important when entering closed spaces such as shops, pharmacies, taxis, restaurants or crowded areas such as markets. To enter restaurants and bars, you might be asked to show your Covid-19 vaccination status or be required to show a negative lateral flow test result.
In places to eat or drink, shops and museums, frequent touch points must be cleaned using approved disinfectants and all staff should be wearing appropriate face coverings. Hand sanitiser should be made available for both staff and guests.
The safety of our customers on holiday is our prime consideration. We request that all hotels comply with local regulations applicable in their country, but it’s important to be aware that they sometimes do not match the standards we have in the UK for health and safety. We’re committed to working with our partners to identity areas where safety can be improved. We would encourage our customers to talk to other members in their party about the need to take care when travelling abroad and to be aware of the possible risks. To help with this, please refer to the further information listed below.
Visit the Travel Aware website for information on how to prepare for safe and healthy travel.
Read the ABTA health and safety pdf highlighting how to have a safe holiday in the sun.
Remember, if you have any queries or concerns, you can give us a call. We're more than happy to help.
On behalf of everyone here at Cape Verde Experience, we hope we can whisk you away to the islands very soon!
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