Cape Verde Country Report
The Cape Verdean government has long-term plans to make the archipelago a logistics and services hub as well as a year-round tourist destination, in July 2019 establishing a special economic zone reducing regulatory and tax measures to maritime trade on São Vicente Island. Corruption in government is robustly checked. Strike risks increased after the COVID-19 outbreak due to government revenue shortfalls and salary arrears or reductions in the public sector. Strikes are generally of short duration, and are most common in the transport sector, particularly at the national airline due to its financial troubles since 2017. Before the COVID-19 virus outbreak, strikes had abated since 61% of the company was privatised.
The government has claimed that Islamist militant groups, including Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, may be using Cape Verde for transit, refuge, recruitment, and training. However, it remains highly unlikely that Islamist militants have done anything other than use Cape Verde for non-operational financing purposes.
Crime rates in Cape Verde are low for the sub-region, although they are on a noticeable upward trend. With the growth of tourism and increase in foreign business visitors, further increases in petty thefts, muggings, and sexual assaults in tourist destinations and resorts can be expected. The temporary lull in tourism caused by COVID-19 will increase unemployment and puts tourists at higher risk of theft and robbery attempts upon their return. Violent crime linked to drug-trafficking is almost always confined to disputes between and within criminal networks. Police generally have a good reputation, but logistical constraints, including lack of vehicles and limited communications equipment and forensic capacity, reduce their effectiveness.
War risks are minimal. Cape Verde has strong institutions with good levels of training and no history of military takeovers, and maintains peaceful relations with its neighbours. Cape Verde announced in March 2018 it was working with Portugal to establish an improved joint naval presence around the archipelago.
Vaccines Required to Enter the Country
Yellow fever: There is no risk of contracting yellow fever in Cape Verde. However, the government requires proof of vaccination for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. A single dose of YF vaccine is sufficient to confer sustained life-long immunity against the disease.
Vaccines Recommended for All Travelers
Routine vaccinations: Consult your doctor to ensure all routine vaccinations - such as for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella, etc. - are up to date (include booster shots if necessary).
Vaccines Recommended for Most Travelers
Hepatitis A: The vaccine is given in two doses, six months apart, and is nearly 100 percent effective. The WHO recommends the vaccine be integrated into national routine immunization schedules for children aged one year or older.
Typhoid fever: The typhoid fever vaccine can be administered via injection (administered in one dose) or orally (four doses). The vaccine is only 50-80 percent effective, so travelers to areas with a risk of exposure to typhoid fever, a bacterial disease, should also take hygienic precautions (e.g. drink only bottled water, avoid undercooked foods, wash hands regularly, etc.). Children can be given the shot beginning at two years of age (six for the oral vaccine).
Vaccines Recommended for Some Travelers
Hepatitis B: The WHO recommends that all infants receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours. The birth dose should be followed by two or three doses to complete the primary series. Routine booster doses are not routinely recommended for any age group.
Malaria: There is currently no malaria vaccine. However, various antimalarial prophylactics are available by prescription and can reduce risk of infection by up to 90 percent. Different medications are prescribed depending on the risk level and the strains of the virus present in the destination. Antimalarial tablets need to be taken throughout the trip to be effective and may need to be taken for as long as four weeks following the trip.
Rabies: The rabies vaccination is typically only recommended for travel to remote areas and if the traveler will be at high risk of exposure (e.g. undertaking activities that will bring them into contact with dogs, cats, bats, or other mammals). The vaccination is administered in three doses over a three-to-four week period. Post exposure prophylaxis is also available and should be administered as soon as possible following contact with an animal suspected of being infected (e.g. bites and scratches).
Located in the Sahel Zone, Cape Verde enjoys a dry tropical climate.
The country has two main seasons, the dry season (November until June) and the rainy season (July until October). Air temperatures vary between 20°C and 30°C. The average ocean temperature is 26°C. Temperatures do not drop much at night except at higher elevations. Violent winds often strike the country during the winter, sometimes for days at a time.
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