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

It is recommended that most travellers get the combined booster vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and polio, as well as typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines before going to Cape Verde. For some travellers, rabies and hepatitis B vaccines are also recommended.

01. Vaccine list

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

Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a phone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival


2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers


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.


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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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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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.


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. How to book your travel vaccinations

If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.

06. Checklist for your trip to Cape Verde

  • Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated

  • 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
20 June 2019

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