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 Bestfly) 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. 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.
Special Notice: Cape Verde’s borders are open. There are International flights, although not yet back to the previous levels. TAP is flying into Praia, São Vicente and Sal and shows flights to Boa Vista starting in November. CV Connect Services has suspended flights between Lisbon and Cape Verde, but they are flying weekly between Boston (USA) and Praia via Ponta Delgada. Air Senegal is flying between Dakar and Praia. TUI are showing flights from UK to Sal and Boa Vista starting in September and from Amsterdam in the Autumn. TUI is flying from Poland to Sal. Luxair are showing weekly flights from Luxembourg to Sal. Royal Air Maroc re-starts flights between Casablanca and Praia in October. Travellers to Cape Verde are required to have a negative Covid test (PCR) result in the previous 72 hours before boarding the plane.
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 agencies, or you can submit your email address to that link.
Special Notice: Internal flights are operating. Some routes are still not be up to normal frequency. Bestfly can only be booked in Cape Verdean travel agencies, – or for more information contact Bestfly through CV Connect Services – A Covid test is required before travel between islands and temperatures will be taken prior to boarding. The timetable has changed because of the flights now being operated by Bestfly.
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.
Special Notice: Ferries are operating. A Covid test is required before travel between islands and temperatures will also be taken prior to boarding ferry.