Health & insurance
Before You Go
There are no specific required vaccinations if you are visiting Cabo Verde, apart from a yellow-fever immunisation if coming from a country with a risk of yellow-fever transmission.
- Make sure you have adequate health insurance when travelling to Cabo Verde. Check policy specifics: the best insurance will cover emergency transport to a hospital in a major city – or to better facilities outside the country if needed.
- You may be required to pay in advance for healthcare. Keep all documentation in case you have to make later claims.
In Cabo Verde
Availability & Cost of Healthcare
You'll find Cabo Verde's best healthcare services in Sal, Santiago and São Vicente. Elsewhere, treatment facilities are limited and medicines can be in short supply.
The cost of treatment at a private clinic is slightly less than what you'd expect to pay in Europe, but medical evacuation be extremely expensive, so make sure you're covered by your insurance.
Tap water is best avoided in Cabo Verde as it can be contaminated. Bottled water is widely available, but to avoid the waste of plastic bottles, consider using available water sources, which are then filtered or chemically treated (ie with iodine tablets).