Cape Verde

Infrastructure

ELECTRICITY

Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Cape Verde are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. These are 2 pin plug points. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug.

CURRENCY

The currency in Cape Verde is Escudo (written as $ or CVEsc) and can only be obtained in the Cape Verde. Euros are generally accepted in most shops, restaurants and hotels. Credit cards and travellers cheques/travel cash cards should not be relied upon as commissions and surcharges are high. ONLY VISA is accepted in the Cape Verde islands. 

BANKING

There are banks and banking facilities on all the islands. The best advice is to take Euros cash and change it into Escudos. All places accept Euros and will give you change in Escudos. There are numerous ATM's in the larger towns. Most have a daily limit. Ask the banks for more information.

CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVEL CASH CARDS

All travel cash cards and other currencies carry a reasonably high and variable commission. You are much better off getting a cash advance on your Visa card or taking EUROS CASH to the Cape Verde islands. Load up your account before you leave home, and you won't be charged cash advance.   

Note: VISA IS THE ONLY ACCEPTED CREDIT CARD in the Cape Verde at the moment.