The Cape Verde Islands dispose of a relatively well-functioning health system in comparison to most African nations, even if it is still worlds apart from the standards of European health systems. The predominantly dry climate and the hygienic conditions present in the country, especially in the hotel and restaurant businesses, lead to a much lower amount of health risks than on the African continent.

Nonetheless, a visitor should be health insured for his/her own good during his/her stay here and at least observe the basic hygienic regulations. Most important among these is to wash your hands several times a day, and to only consume well cooked foods and boiled, germ-free drinking water.

The most common "travel diseases" are caused by stomach infections and are thus more unpleasant should heavy diarrhoea and the general nausea occur, disrupting the planned vacation days.

When travelling to the Cape Verde Islands, no obligatory shots are required. Voluntary shot recommendations for travellers who will come into fairly heavy contact with the local population are: tetanus, polio, typhus and cholera as well as for hepatitis A and B. Due to the minimal risks and the absolutely irrelevant occurrence of malaria-related diseases, a malaria prophylaxis is not required or necessary.

The health care is based on small health centres with a 24 hour per day stand-by duty, as well as a private doctor practices, whose education usually has come in Portugal or other European countries. In smaller areas, the "posto sanitario" must be sought out. Technically relatively good hospitals with operation rooms are only located on Santo Antão, São Vicente and Santiago.

For a trouble-free trip, we recommend that you bring a small first-aid kit.

Everything related to "health and emergencies" is detailed in the travel manual "Cape Verde" of the Cape Verdean Islands (author Dr. Pitt Reitmaier and Lucete Fortes - Reise Know-How Verlag, Peter Rump GmbH) or in the Internet at:
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