Tours in Cape Verde promise the traveler a lot: the ideal Atlantic, huge snow-white beaches and complete romance, friendly locals, music that sounds everywhere. The most notable feature of the holiday offered by the tour operator in Cape Verde is all kinds of water sports, surfing of a unique quality (the wave reaches six meters, and for many athletes, Cape Verde is one of the most desirable places in the world), diving and, of course, fishing (tuna, marlin, various deep-sea fish). Holidays in Cape Verde are accompanied by a variety of excursion routes that only emphasize the uniqueness of this corner of the world.
VISA AND CUSTOMS CONTROL
- Visa: Citizens of the Russian Federation do not need a visa to visit Cape Verde for up to 60 days.
- Country Restrictions:Businesses open with limited occupancy and opening hours, hotel check-in, entertainment and clubs, and bars and restaurants (indoors) on weekends and holidays require a test result, vaccination certificate, or medical history.
The Embassy of Russia and the consular department: Praia, PO Box 31, Achada de Santo Antonio (Priaia, Achada de Santo Antonio, S.R. 31), st. OUA, tel. (238) 61-27-38, 61-27-39 (around the clock), fax 62-27-38, telex 6016.
In Cape Verde, there is a free order for the import / export of alcohol and cigarettes, jewelry and jewelry, artistic and cultural and historical values. For the import / export of weapons and ammunition, a police permit is required. To import a car, you must go through the customs clearance procedure. Petrol can only be imported in small quantities together with the car. The import/export of drugs is prohibited.
Phytosanitary control is carried out at the airport at the entrance. For the import/export of pets, a veterinary certificate of the country the animal is leaving is required.
LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS There
are no special codes of conduct in Cape Verde.
The population of the country is represented by mulattos of Portuguese-African origin (about 70%), some peoples of Africa (about 28%) and Europeans (mainly Portuguese).
Local residents are different from the population of continental Africa. They are characterized by a European lifestyle, they are law-abiding, a high level of culture and education. Cape Verdeans are characterized by a friendly attitude towards foreigners. If necessary, they will provide assistance, they will be happy to provide information about the country.
The official language is Portuguese. At the household level, the Creole language (Creole), which has developed on the basis of African dialects and the Old Portuguese language, is widespread. Many can explain themselves in English/French.
More than 90% of the population professes Catholicism and adheres to Christian values.
Cape Verdeans prefer a leisurely, measured lifestyle. They are not aggressive by nature.
There are no terrorist threats in the country.
The crime rate in Cape Verde has recently increased slightly, but the government of the country is actively working to combat violations of public order. The highest level of crime was recorded in the capital city of Praia and on the island of San Vicente, the tourist areas (O.Sal, O.Boavista) are characterized by a calm environment.
In Cape Verde, free access to all regions of the country is possible.
SHOPS AND SOUVENIRS
Grocery and department stores are open on weekdays and Saturdays from 8:00 to 18:00, supermarkets – until 21:00. On Sunday, most shops are closed, some shops are open until 13:00.
The use of credit cards is quite common, and ATMs are installed in cities. There is no tax free practice. There are no public toilets on the streets, but there are toilets in restaurants and shops. A traditional souvenir from Fogo Island is products made from the lava of the Fogo volcano. Shops selling such products are located throughout the island, most in Cha das Caldeiras. In addition, excellent coffee is brought here.
There are no serious health hazards in Cape Verde. The country is not characterized by typical African diseases, only isolated cases of the disease are known. Vaccination is not required to enter the country.
The sun’s rays pose a certain danger. The best time to relax on the beach is before 10:00 and after 16:00.
High waves are possible on some beaches. Tourists are usually warned of such a danger with a red flag. Long swims should also be avoided due to the current.
Medical care in the country is at the proper level, however, there is a lack of specialist doctors in some areas of medicine and diagnostic medical equipment.
Purchasing a health insurance policy is optional.
There is urgent medical care for adults and children. There are duty pharmacies in the country.
Urgent veterinary care is not provided.
Recommendations of the doctor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Cape Verde
If you have planned a trip or you have a business trip to the Republic of Cape Verde. It will be of interest to you that it is no coincidence that the health indicators of the inhabitants of Cape Verde are significantly higher than the average for the African continent. Because, unlike all other African countries, Cape Verde is located at a fairly remote distance from the mainland. The absence of severe viral diseases and favorable climatic conditions attract a large number of tourists.
When entering the country, certificates of vaccinations or vaccines are NOT required.
However, it must be taken into account that in the Republic of Cape Verde, as in many tropical countries, although to a lesser extent, there are certain risks of viral, parasitic and infectious diseases. Therefore, it must be remembered that when traveling, you are in unusual conditions for you to eat, rest, climate, which creates an increased risk of infection and requires personal hygiene.
For prevention purposes, it is recommended:
- Do not drink water from open sources. Tap water must be boiled. For drinking, it is recommended to use purchased water in plastic bottles. It is not advisable to use ice prepared in bars from raw water, because. it can harbor pathogens.
- Fish and other seafood should not be eaten raw, as there is a possibility of infection with helminths or poisoning with toxins.
- Use raw, dairy products with caution because of the danger of brucellosis, salmonellosis and other infections.
- Wash your hands often, especially after returning home from the street, visiting markets and shops, before eating.
- Fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating.
You should always remember the dangers of excessive solar radiation . Ultraviolet irradiation in high doses causes irreversible changes in skin cells, greatly increasing the risk of cancer. Remember that prolonged exposure to the sun is harmful to the body. Excessive tanning is inevitable burns that affect the immunity of skin cells.
Recommended: refrain from prolonged exposure to the sun. Do not be on the beach from 12:00 to 15:00, since it is during these hours that the maximum solar activity occurs. To protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation, use glasses with well-tinted lenses. Wear clothes made from light natural materials. Use hats and sunscreen.
When you travel, you can pack a small first aid kit:
Medicines for diarrhea.
Repellents (drugs that repel insects) in the form of ointments and aerosols.
It is also necessary to take into account chronic diseases that can worsen during the trip. Therefore, if you are taking medication, take them with you in the required amount.
If you suddenly need a drug, before going to the pharmacy, you can check (this can be done using the Internet) its international name. Since in Cape Verde pharmacies, few people know that metamizole is called analgin in Russia. Therefore, by naming the international name of the drug, the search will be significantly accelerated.