The requirement for European citizens from 32 countries to obtain a 30 day 'Tourist Entry Visa' ceased as of 1st January 2019. Many tourists arriving in Cape Verde on international flights this week were unaware of the new Airport Security Tax (TSA) levied on arrival at CV airports from 2nd January 2019.
Flights arriving on Sal with only short periods apart, meant that passengers would need to join queues and either show exemption or pay the new TSA (Airport Tax), generally speaking, this would be around 31 Euros per person on entry to European passport holders. For those with pre-paid visas there was more of a confusion. People were unable to be processed quickly as questions were asked and complaints were being made.
Photo below of queue at Sal Airport on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. This was the first day of operation with the new changes and, as this was one of the
busiest days for airport arrivals, some people ended up queuing for 2-4 hours.
Friday 4th January was less busy at the time the Birmingham (TUI) flight arrived, even though delayed by one hour. Two couples arriving on the same TUI flight, both flight only from the UK, all of whom hold another type of pre-paid visa called a 'Multi-Entry Visa' (covers an individual for 90 days) were give different information on arrival. One couple was told to pay Airport Security Tax of 31 Euros each (62 Euros), while the other couple wasn't required to pay anything.
Here are a few articles about the changes which you may find useful:
6th January: It is hoped that Tour Operators such as TUI and Thomas Cook, will provide some helpful advice in coming days to travelers
that will be affected. Suggestion for travelers:
TUI travelers: If you have booked and paid for your visa in advance (prior to 7 days before departure), use your booking reference number to log back into TUI online and look for an update on visa's. Alternatively, use the old link to the form for a visa, to see what info they have posted as an update.
Thomas Cook travelers: Try logging in online using your booking reference number to see if there is an update on visa's or TSA tax.
Flying with other Tour Operators. Log in online and look for an update on visa or TSA (Airport Security Tax).
NOTE: The info on this page is just to help make people aware of the changes as of 2nd January 2019. It may affect tourists travelling with Tour Operators, those on package holidays, those on return (flight only), on flight only one-way, on flight only with return tickets with different tour operators, non-European passport holders. You may required to pay for TSA (or not), it depends on your circumstances and booking, and what has been agreed with various tour operators or by the authorities.
17th January: The CV Government have provided a link to a website where you can obtain info or apply in advance to register for airport security tax. One person said he paid 30:40 Euro and processed it through the Ease website. Others have said they cannot enter their details successfully on the Ease website.
However, you should look into whether you should he paying for this in the first place. Payment may depend on whether your tour operator is/isn't including your TSA in your package holiday or flight price.
This is the official page for pre-registration for TSA: www.ease.gov.cv
One tourist has sent in an image of a leaflet obtained at an airport which explains to some degree who has to pay what, some people are still not sure about their circumstances though! A larger image available here:
Airport Security Tax - Leaflet (128 KB)
If you are unable to use the Ease web form and pay the 31 Euros (30:40e) please can contact the Embassy in Brussels :firstname.lastname@example.org
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