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News 2019 - Airport Tax introduced. European citizens exempt from visas for visits to Cabo Verde of

News 2019 - Airport Tax introduced. European citizens exempt from visas for visits to Cabo Verde of


The requirement for European citizens from 32 countries to obtain a 30 day 'Tourist Entry Visa' ceased as of 1st January 2019. Many tourists arriving in Cape Verde on international flights this week were unaware of the new Airport Security Tax (TSA) levied on arrival at CV airports from 2nd January 2019.

Flights arriving on Sal with only short periods apart, meant that passengers would need to join queues and either show exemption or pay the new TSA (Airport Tax), generally speaking, this would be around 31 Euros per person on entry to European passport holders. For those with pre-paid visas there was more of a confusion. People were unable to be processed quickly as questions were asked and complaints were being made.

Photo below of queue at Sal Airport on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. This was the first day of operation with the new changes and, as this was one of the busiest days for airport arrivals, some people ended up queuing for 2-4 hours.

Friday 4th January was less busy at the time the Birmingham (TUI) flight arrived, even though delayed by one hour. Two couples arriving on the same TUI flight, both flight only from the UK, all of whom hold another type of pre-paid visa called a 'Multi-Entry Visa' (covers an individual for 90 days) were give different information on arrival. One couple was told to pay Airport Security Tax of 31 Euros each (62 Euros), while the other couple wasn't required to pay anything. 

Here are a few articles about the changes which you may find useful: 

Macauhub - 28th December 2018 - Citizens of 32 European countries exempted of visa

Macauhub - 2nd January 2019 - European citizens exempt from visas for visits to Cabo Verde of up to 30 days

Macau News - Cape Verde tourism agencies think new tax only benefits large agencies - 5th Jan 2019

6th January: It is hoped that Tour Operators such as TUI and Thomas Cook, will provide some helpful advice in coming days to travelers that will be affected. Suggestion for travelers: 

TUI travelers: If you have booked and paid for your visa in advance (prior to 7 days before departure), use your booking reference number to log back into TUI online and look for an update on visa's. Alternatively, use the old link to the form for a visa, to see what info they have posted as an update. 

Thomas Cook travelers: Try logging in online using your booking reference number to see if there is an update on visa's or TSA tax.

Flying with other Tour Operators. Log in online and look for an update on visa or TSA (Airport Security Tax).

NOTE: The info on this page is just to help make people aware of the changes as of 2nd January 2019. It may affect tourists travelling with Tour Operators, those on package holidays, those on return (flight only), on flight only one-way, on flight only with return tickets with different tour operators, non-European passport holders. You may required to pay for TSA (or not), it depends on your circumstances and booking, and what has been agreed with various tour operators or by the authorities. 

Airport Security Tax (TSA) registration online web form

17th January: The CV Government have provided a link to a website where you can obtain info or apply in advance to register for airport security tax. One person said he paid 30:40 Euro and processed it through the Ease website. Others have said they cannot enter their details successfully on the Ease website.

However, you should look into whether you should he paying for this in the first place. Payment may depend on whether your tour operator is/isn't including your TSA in your package holiday or flight price.

This is the official page for pre-registration for TSA: www.ease.gov.cv

One tourist has sent in an image of a leaflet obtained at an airport which explains to some degree who has to pay what, some people are still not sure about their circumstances though! A larger image available here:

Airport Security Tax - Leaflet Airport Security Tax - Leaflet (128 KB)

If you are unable to use the Ease web form and pay the 31 Euros (30:40e) please can contact the Embassy in Brussels :emb.caboverde@skynet.be

Approved comments only:

07-Jan-2019 09:39 AM - Janine R. (British/European)

Well that’s us not coming out again, lots more places to see in the world than to have to spend hours at the airport after a long what should be classed as long haul flights, but squashed in like a sardine for over 6 hours 😡, and the €62 euros taken from us at the airport won’t now be spent in Sta Maria.

05-Feb-2019 01:03 PM - Peter P (British/European)

When we came in on Sunday 20th January (we had return flights only) none of the TUI Crew knew anything about the new airport tax. As we approached the terminal a young lady said if you need a visa go to the left hand side booths, if you have a Visa go to the Border Force booths. We had 12 month multi entry visas so went to the normal booths. We opened our passports on the current visa page and said this is our visa, after what seemed a long pause she stamped our passports and let us through. We paid nothing at the airport. I only saw one person re-directed to pay for a visa as they had applied on line and it must NOT have worked. There was no mention about Airport Security Tax, only if you had a visa or not. Which is totally confusing as I thought that the 30 day tourist visas had been done away with? Anyway we are here on Sal, hopefully on the next trip in September it will be clearer. Best wishes, Peter.

12-Feb-2019 11:52 AM - Amy (British/European)

I just returned to Sal after going to (from Sal) Gran Canaria, where I went to obtain my 6 month Cape Verde visa. The way I understand it is there are now 3 signs at arrivals at Sal airport........1. Tax/ visa queue on arrival at the far end. So, basically now at far end you need to pay either (or both if not exempt) visa / tax, this is manned by 2 people, but this is also the worst line as no one knows how much they are supposed to pay etc........ 2. Tax exempt or visa exempt in the middle rows. With a prepaid visa you go in the middle rows where you shouldn't be asked to pay the 31 Euros Airport Tax if, you have a pre-paid visa. These middle rows are also for tax prepaid online. The middle rows are for tax prepaid or visa prepaid is pretty easy, there were 3 attendants on duty when I arrived (3 rows). With prepaid visa you don't need to pay airport tax..... 3. CV nationals/ residents. The resident/ national line has one attendant and is also used for old peeps and families/ disabled etc.

15-Jul-2019 10:05 AM Anonymous

Can anyone say how entry into Cape Verde Sal is functioning.I hear it has been absolute chaos in the early months.Ive no intention of travelling to a country that cant get its act together on what should be a simple process..This charge on landing at the airport is backward ,why not add it on to the ticket price and collect it from the airline as anyone with half a brain would do.
Lovely country I'm told,but not lovely enough for me to stand around for an hour or more after a 6hr flight.


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