Travel to Sal Cape Verde
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 (operated by TICV) 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 is the best beach on the island.
Please ensure that your passport still has at least six months to run after your travel dates. Visitors from some countries will require a Visa to enter Cape Verde and all will be required to pay tourist tax. All visitors are now required to register before arriving in Cape Verde. This is done online at the EASE website. Registration costs 3,400CVE (30€) and should be completed at least 5 days before arrival.
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.
Most international flights are still suspended because of Covid-19. However, it is understood that some flights into Praia and São Vicente have started for essential travel. It is understood and hoped that they will review the situation later this month and that Sal will also open up. [Updated 05 August 2020]
Domestic flights within Cape Verde are operated by TICV (formerly Binter CV). 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. There is more information on Domestic Flights in Cape Verde on the TICV website.
Internal flights have now started again. Some routes my not be up to normal frequency. [Updated 29 July 2020]