Whilst the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) currently advises against all but essential travel to Cape Verde, we want to reassure you that in the meantime we’re doing everything we can to ensure that when travel to Cape Verde does resume, your holiday will be as safe 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.
When the advice changes and allows for travel from the UK, it’s important you read the government information relating to Cape Verde in full, as there is currently a requirement to carry out a COVID-19 test a few days before travel. It may also be necessary to have a COVID-19 test locally if travelling between the islands. From 15th December, there is the opportunity to take a private test on your return to the UK in order to reduce the quarantine period if the result is negative. Please click here for the most up-to-date travel information.
We always recommend that individuals get adequate travel insurance, which is especially important this year due to the current situation. Please click here for details of insurers providing cover for COVID-19.
In order to re-open borders whilst reducing the risk of spreading Coronavirus through international travel, Cape Verde requires arriving passengers to be in possession of a negative Covid-19 test result dated not more than 72hrs (3 days) prior to travel. There are an increasing number of companies offering highly accurate PCR Covid-19 tests specifically for travel as more and more overseas destinations require a negative test result upon entry. Unfortunately they are not available on the NHS so must be arranged privately for a fee. The costs and length of processing do vary considerably so here are a few things to consider when making your choice.
Here are some suggested companies you may want to look at but please consider the information above when making your decision.
Express Test Good value option based at Gatwick Airport and taking bookings from 27th November 2020
Diamond Air International
Randox Health For TUI flight customers use discount code TUIDEC20
Nomad Travel 10% off for our customers, please use code AITO10
For our island hopping customers it is also a requirement to have a similar negative test result 72 hours prior to 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 (Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol or Manchester). 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.
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.
We recommend reading government advice on travel to the country your holiday is based in. In addition, please note that everyone re-entering the UK is currently required to submit a locator form no more than 48 hours prior to travel. Please click here for more information
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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