Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: State of calamity in response to COVID-19 pandemic remains in place on islands of Santiago, Sal, and Fogo, Cape Verde, through Oct. 31.

Alert Begins 04 Sep 2020 10:05 AM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

As of Sept. 4, authorities in Cape Verde continue to impose measures to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On Sept. 2, officials extended the state of calamity on the islands of Santiago and Sal through Oct. 31 and added the island of Fogo to the declaration announcement. Other measures that remain in place have been included below.


  • Limited international flights have resumed between Cape Verde and Portugal for persons traveling for essential reasons. Travelers must present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours before departure. Cargo and humanitarian transport continue to face heightened screening measures.


  • Inter-island flights and maritime transport resumed in mid-July. Persons traveling to and from Fogo, Sal, and Santiago must present a negative COVID-19 screening test carried out no later than 72 hours before departure. The online Health Surveillance Form must also be completed.


  • Persons displaying COVID-19 symptoms are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days.


  • Face coverings are mandatory in indoor public spaces and recommended for outdoor activity.


  • Many business activities or other gathering places, including at entertainment sites, gyms, and sports events, remain restricted. Restrictions are more severe on Santiago, Sal, and Fogo.


  • Religious gatherings are allowed; however, attendance is restricted to a third of normal capacity.


Authorities are likely to continue to amend and update restrictions in response to COVID-19 activity in the coming weeks. These will continue to disrupt both domestic and international travel and business operations.

Background and Analysis
COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements before departure. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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