Warning Alert


Authorities in Cape Verde resume international travel from Oct. 12. State of calamity remains in place in several areas through Oct. 31.

 

Summary
Authorities in Cape Verde announced the resumption of commercial international air and maritime travel from Oct. 12. As part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), travelers entering and exiting Cape Verde must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate taken up to 72 hours before travel. Travelers will also be screened at ports of entry. Travelers arriving in Cape Verde will also need to complete an online health surveillance form and an airport security tax form.

Domestic Measures
Despite the resumption of international travel, several domestic measures remain to stem the spread of COVID-19. A state of calamity remains in place on the islands of Santiago, Sal, and Fogo through Oct. 31. Operational restrictions on commercial, leisure, and religious premises stay in place on these islands. In other areas of Cape Verde, social distancing and hygiene measures have been maintained. Face coverings are mandatory in indoor public spaces and recommended for outdoor activity. Persons displaying COVID-19 symptoms are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days. Inter-island flights and maritime transport resumed in mid-July. Persons traveling to and from other islands 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.

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.

 

Advice
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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