International flights: Sal is one of the four islands in Cape Verde that it is possible to fly to direct from Europe. There are four international airports on the islands of Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago and São Vicente. From those four international airports, it is possible to use domestic flights to reach the other islands. You need to take a ferry to reach some of the outer islands.
Travel to Sal is possible within about 6 hours from much of Europe so you could be on the lovely Santa Maria beach within the same day. Unless you wish to island hop, it is best to travel to Sal direct. The Amilcar Cabral International Airport is only 20 minutes from the resort of Santa Maria by taxi. Santa Maria is where most visitors stay, and for sure it has the best beach on the island.
Please ensure that your passport still has at least six months to run after your travel dates. All visitors are now required to register before arriving in Cape Verde. Visitors from some countries will require a Visa to enter Cape Verde. All visitors will be required to pay tourist tax. Travellers to Cape Verde are required to have a valid Covid vaccination certificate*.
Travel to Sal could be the start of your Cape Verde adventure. You can explore this island and then use domestic flights to move on to other islands. Until recently, Sal was not served by ferry, but there is now a ferry service linking Sal to Boa Vista and São Nicolau. Cape Verde provides plenty of variety in terms of landscape, activities and culture.
There are slightly fewer flights to Sal during the summer months. The frequency and variety of flights to Sal are consequently at their most in the winter months (November to May). If you shop around and can be a little flexible with your dates, it is possible to find very reasonably priced flights.
- International Flights to Sal (Provided by Discover Cape Verde)
- Sal International Airport (Amilcar Cabral) Live Arrivals and Departures
- Cape Verde Visa information (Provided by Discover Cape Verde)
*Visitors from the UK should note that the NHS Vaccination Certificate may not be acceptable and a negative PCR test still required. This is because the UK is no longer in the EU. This was discovered by someone flying via Lisbon on arrival at Lisbon airport.
Domestic flights within Cape Verde are operated by Bestfly. From the airport on Sal, it is possible to get direct flights to Praia (Santiago), Boa Vista, São Nicolau and São Vicente. Other airports can be reached by changing at Praia. Domestic Flights in Cape Verde can be booked through Cape Verdean travel agencies. Contact us for details of a travel agent. A valid Covid Vaccination certificate is required before travel between islands.
Sal is connected to other Cape Verde islands by public inter-island passenger and cargo transport services. The ferry services connect Sal to São Vicente, Maio, Boa Vista and São Nicolau. The service operates in each direction twice a week. Ferries are schedules are subject to change and we recommend that passengers check with the operator. Ferry tickets can be booked online from CV Interilhas and must be purchased at least 1.5 hours before vessel departure.
A valid Covid Vaccination certificate is required before travel between islands.