How to travel to Boa Vista

How to get to Boavista from Europe

Getting to Boa Vista is possible from many European cities, with direct and stopover flights. The possible routes and combinations for Boa Vista and Cape Verde are listed below. The routes are constantly evolving, to travel to Boa Vista post-Covid-19, we recommend visiting the website of the airline operating from your country and the international flight booking websites. Upon arrival, no vaccines are required.

The entry visa has been abolished in 2019 for citizens of Schengen countries, therefore also England (in addition to other European countries). It has been replaced with a 1-month free tourist permit since arrival in the country. At passport control, you are required to pay the airport security fee, € 31 for each adult and child over 2 years, payable in cash or credit card.

The tourist tax is € 2 per person per day, up to a maximum of 10 days, to be paid directly to the manager of the facility where you will be staying. When booking with an agency, these practices are normally included in the booking.

It’s required to fill in the online pre-registration directly on the website, on which it’s possible to pay the airport tax in advance or ask for permission to visit the country for more than 30 days (or come for work). It’s also possible to request assistance from the Embassy of Cape Verde in your country.

aeroporto boavista

Aristides Pereira international airport, near Rabil, about 5km from Sal-Rei, has a runway 2,100 meters long and 45 meters wide. Opened in 2007, it is a class 4D airport and is the third busiest in Cape Verde.


Information: +238 2519000 / +238 9770778 (
Lost & Found: +238 2513818 (available from 8 AM until 6 PM)

International flights

Boavistaofficial recommends to anyone who wants to come to Cape Verde, take a flight to Lisbon (there are many low-cost flights that leave from all over Europe) and then come to Boa Vista (or another Cape Verde island) by TAP Air Portugal or SATA Açores. Click on the departure city to see our recommendations. If your flight does not arrive directly to Boavista, see the next section “how to arrive from another island”.

  • NEOS – From Italy (Bologna, Verona, Milan, Rome)
  • LUXAIR – From Luxemburg (Luxemburg)
  • TAP Air or SATA – From Portugal (Lisbon)
  • Transavia – From France (Paris)
  • TUI Fly – From Germany (Hamburg, Colhn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgard) – From Belgium (Amsterdam, Bruxelles)
  • TUI UK – From England (Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, London)
  • TUI Nordic – From Norway (Goteborg-Landvetter)
  • TUI Netherland – From Belgium (Amsterdam, Eindhoven)
  • BINTER – From Spain – (Las Palmas, Tenerife)

Most direct flights depart early in the morning and arrive by lunchtime. Some of the companies listed, with the addition of CABO VERDE AIRLINES, operate in various European cities but land on the nearby island of Sal. You can then take an internal flight (about 20 minutes) or a ferry (about 3 hours) to get to Boavista from Sal.

Since September 15, 2022, Cape Verde removed all COVID-19 restrictions.

How to get to Boavista from another island

If you are on another island of Cape Verde or you are planning a tour in the archipelago, there are two ways to move between the islands. Since the connections are not daily and not the same in every season, it is convenient to organize your trip in advance. The routes between the islands cover a ring that passes through the main islands (Sal, Boavista, Praia and S. Vicente, the only ones with an international airport) and it is not possible to go and return from the same island on the same day.

Indicatively, to visit Boavista + another island between Sal, Santiago or S. Vicente, takes at least 7-10 days. To visit Boavista + any other island, at least 12-15 days. To visit 3 islands, at least 3 weeks.

National flights

Travelling by plane between the islands is the fastest way. The local airline BESTFLY operates daily with 50-seater twin-engine aircraft, connecting all the islands with Boavista.

Flights can be purchased in a travel agency or online, directly on the airline’s website.

Sea connections

Moving between the islands by sea is the cheapest way. The local shipping company CV Interilhas has been operating since 2019 with ferries and ships of various kinds, from 160 to 300 passengers. Connections vary each season and may be delayed due to sea conditions.

Tickets can be purchased in the travel agency or online, directly on the company’s website.

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