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Cape Verde


Cape Verde is made up of ten islands and has a self-professed ‘slow down’ lifestyle.

Music and dance a big part of the culture so be expected to be roped into a boogie. To communicate with the locals, it’s best to learn a few Kriol words, based on a Creole language from Portuguese.

Hubs are available to meet other nomads on the Remote Working Program, with a community manager and daily events to help you settle in.

The time zone is just two hours behind GMT, so it’ll be easier to keep up with clients and colleagues in the UK without messing up your sleeping pattern too much.

Dishes are blend of Portuguese and Creole, with many food places playing Cape Verdean music at least once a week. According to the Remote Working Program’s website, it’s €35-€40 (£30-£34) for a three course meal and €4 (£3.40) for a pint. As for the food itself, you can expect Cachupa Rica – Cape Verde’s national dish, which is a stew of meat, fish and vegetables. Queijo de cabra com doce de popoia is a typical dessert with slices of cabra cheese served with popoia jam. Drinks-wise, you’ve got grogue, an alcoholic drink made from sugar cane, and caipirinha, a Brazil-inspired cocktail made with sugar cane and local liquor.

Name of visa: Remote Working Program

Visa fee: To obtain a Cape Verde digital nomad visa, you have to pay two fees:

  • Visa fee – €20 ($20.47). It is paid after arrival
  • Airport fee – €34 ($34.81). It is paid upon arrival

The fees are non-refundable and paid after approval. However, compared to other countries which offer digital nomad visa, the fees are quite cheap.

Length of visa: Six months

Can I extend my stay? Yes

Requirements: Cape Verde implemented its digital nomad visa in December 2020. As with other digital nomad visas, you get temporary residency but not tax residency. You pay tax in your usual country. This means that digital nomads in Cape Verde are exempt from income tax and any other local taxes. In addition, there are not any import taxes on arrival in Cabo Verde. 

Under the Remote Working Program, applicants must electronically submit these documents to apply for a temporary six-month visa:

  • Passport bio page
  • Passport size photo sized 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm). The head must be between 1-1 3/8 inches (25mm-35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Means of subsistence. You need to upload your bank account statement for the last six months or a copy of your last three-monthly salary receipts
  • Health and travel insurance for digital nomads
  • Proof of relationship. If you are married, you need a marriage certificate. If you have children, you need birth certificates or adoption orders
  • Criminal background check. You can get your police record at the local police department
  • Pre-booked accommodation. You will need either a hotel booking, a lease, or a rental agreement to confirm your accommodation

To be stamped, approved applicants must present the following documents to the border authorities:

  • Passport valid for six months
  • Copy of approval letter issued by Instituto de Turismo de Cabo Verde
  • Copy of visa approval declaration issued by Direcção de Fronteiras e Estrangeiros
  • Airport fee
  • Visa fee

Minimum salary: No minimum salary as such but you need to show

  • €1,500 (£1,320) minimum average bank balance on the last six months for an individual
  • €2,700 (£2,377) minimum average bank balance on the last six months for a family

 How to apply: You must apply for a Cape Verde digital nomad visa online through the official Cabo Verde Nomad Visa website.

 The application process is as follows:

  1. Prepare application documents. See above
  2. Apply for the visa. You can apply online by following the link to the application form. Here you fill out the application form with the required documents and information
  3. Receive application approval. The processing time for a digital nomad visa in Cape Verde is two weeks. After approval, you will receive an email stating the next steps you need to follow to obtain the visa
  4. Prepare travel documents. Before traveling to Cabo Verde, you need to prepare the documents that you have to submit to the border authorities (see above)
  5. Travel to Cape Verde
  6. Pay the fees on arrival
  7. Get the visa stamp. You have about 30 days after your arrival to get the visa. To arrange the delivery of your visa, please send an email to the Remote Working Program. There should be a five-day turnaround time

In addition, depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to enter Cabo Verde. You can obtain a visa from the nearest diplomatic government office of the Republic of Cabo Verde.

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Anna Jordan

Anna is Senior Reporter, covering topics affecting SMEs such as grant funding, managing employees and the day-to-day running of a business.

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