Moving to Cape Verde

Country Guide

Country Guide: Cape Verde

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Updated: August 22, 2016

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Original bill of lading (OBL) (2 copies) / no express release accepted / air waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of entry permit in the passport
  • Copy of residence permit
  • Diplomatic exemption from the Cape Verdean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) (expatriates and foreign diplomats)

Specific Information

  • Personal effects may be imported duty free if occurring with 6 months of the owner of the goods’ initial arrival in Cape Verde and all documentation is available (returning citizens)
  • Personal effects may be imported duty free during residence in Cape Verde, provided documentation is available (foreign diplomats)
Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • All documentation required for household goods
  • OBL / AWB with the brand, model, engine, and chassis numbers stated
  • Original certificate of origin (used vehicles)
  • Original purchase invoice (new vehicles)
  • Insurance documentation from the origin country

Specific Information

  • Foreign diplomats, technicians, and coopérants may import a personally owned vehicle (POV) duty free.
  • Duties and taxes will apply for others, the percentage varies according to the vehicle; check with the agent for details.

Documents Required

  • Veterinarian health certificate
  • Rabies vaccination certificate (dogs)

Specific Information

  • Dogs also require an additional rabies vaccination certificate.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Alcohol and tobacco (permitted in reasonable quantities and for personal use only)
Prohibited Items
  • Narcotics and drugs
  • Weapons and explosives
Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air/sea shipments.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Cape Verde

Wikipedia Entry for Cape Verde