Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Cape Verde, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for
Cape Verde

As you are planning a trip, note that certain vaccinations for Cape Verde may be necessary. Below, we have put together important information for you to be best prepared.


01.Vaccine list

We recommend you read through our list of official recommendations to determine what injections you will need for Cape Verde.

The precautions that apply to you may depend on your medical background or the regions you will be visiting. Book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses for a personal assessment.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

02.Other health risks in Cape Verde

There may be health risks and diseases for which there are no preventative jabs for Cape Verde. Please bear the following in mind before your trip.

Malaria

As most of Cape Verde is risk free, suppressive malaria medication is not recommended.

However, the risk of contracting malaria exists in Boa Vista Island and São Tiago Island, with an increase of recent cases in Praia. If you are visiting those areas, practice meticulous anti-mosquito bite precautions after sunset and during night-time.

In general, the risk is highest from August to November.

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Zika

Due to reported cases of zika in 2015, Cape Verde has been identified as having a risk of zika transmission. The cases were reported on Santiago Island mainly, as well as Maio, Fogo and Boa Vista.

As there are no injections against zika, it is recommended that you practice anti-mosquito bite measures during your stay in the country. Be extra cautious when visiting urban areas throughout Cape Verde, as the zika infected mosquitoes tend to be most present there.

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Dengue

There is a risk of dengue in Cape Verde. The transmission is higher during the rainy season from August to October.

Generally, throughout the year, travellers in urban areas lacking consistent sanitation or near still bodies of water should be cautious about mosquito bites both indoors and outdoors during the daytime.

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03.Precautions for Cape Verde

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Cape Verde, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.

Mosquitoes

There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in Cape Verde, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites during your stay in the country, as they are the main cause of these infections.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Cape Verde should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, which are both transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in Cape Verde or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04.Useful contacts in Cape Verde

These are some of the most important services you may need while in Cape Verde.

British Embassy Lisbon Although there is no consulate in Cape Verde, the British Embassy in Lisbon can provide assistance you while you are there. You can reach them by calling +44 1908 516666.

Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +238 130.

Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you become ill while in Cape Verde, it is important to have the relevant information readily available to find reputable medical help quickly. The British Consular Service in Portugal has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Cape Verde.

05.Checklist for your trip to Cape Verde

  • Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Cape Verde

  • Yellow fever certificate As they are subject to change, verify the specific entry requirements concerning yellow fever certificates and whether they apply to you

  • Mosquito protection Bring everything needed to avoid mosquito bites while in Cape Verde, including DEET insect repellent

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Cape Verde and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Note useful contact numbers In the case of an emergency, have a list of useful contacts to take with you to Cape Verde

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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