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How to be a digital nomad in Cape Verde

Digital Nomad in Africa: Cape Verde

You may not know it yet, but there are a number of people who have seen their lives change after choosing to live in Cape Verde. This island country, located in the Atlantic off the coast of Senegal, is made up of ten major islands and several islets. Praia, located on the island of Santiago, is the country’s capital and most populous city. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this African destination.

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Advantages of living in Cape Verde

The good feelings start from the very moment of your arrival, due in part to the fact that Cape Verde is one of those places in the world where you will feel neither hot nor cold, the average temperature is around 23.8 °C during most of the year.

Cape Verde is considered a leader (of the entire African continent) in civil rights, political rights and stability.

One of the most promising sectors in this country is tourism. Cape Verde is expected to see an increase in the number of tourists, from 400,000 last year to the 3 million expected over the next four years.

This means that the country is in the midst of a tourism boom, where luxury resorts are practically sprouting, with all the opportunities that this represents for specialists in this type of activity. Undoubtedly, a very important reason to make your decision.

Digital Nomad in Africa: Cape Verde

Disadvantages of living in Cape Verde

Cape Verde has problems producing the food that is consumed, as the country is exposed to frequent droughts that negatively affect its agriculture. This can seem like a problem, as you won’t always find what you’re looking for to put on the table.

This lack of food has meant that many Cape Verdeans are scattered all over the world. In fact, censuses show that more than half of them live outside the country.

You will also have problems when looking for accommodation. You will quickly realize that most of the available houses belong to people who have emigrated, so you will have to negotiate through intermediaries.

Although health care and prevention of epidemic diseases can be considered good, the country’s authorities advise those traveling to the country to take anti-malaria medication.

Cape Verde launches Remote Working and Digital Nomads Program

The Ministry of Tourism and Transports launched the Remote Working and Digital Nomads Program, aiming to diversify and decentralize the Cape Verdean tourism product offer, in a sustainable growth and in the maximization of the positive effects of tourism in families and local companies.

Cape Verde is a well-located country with quality telecommunications infrastructures, the Cape Verdean government intends to join the two competitive advantages and launch this product that has its backbone in the telecommunications infrastructures.

The idea is, he guaranteed, to publicize the good conditions, the gastronomy, the culture, and to demonstrate that it is possible to combine work and leisure in the same space.

So, if you’re a digital nomad or remote worker, looking to explore 9 islands and immerse yourself in a new culture. Let’s dive right into all you need to apply for the program.

Digital Nomad in Africa: Cape Verde

Who is eligible to apply?

The Cape Verde remote working program, is eligible to anyone who is from Europe, North America, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) citizens.

What are the requirements?

  • International passport valid for 6 months
  • Passport size photograph*
  • Passport data page*
  • Proof of income in the form of bank statements for the last 6 months.*
    • For Individuals: minimum average bank balance of 1.500€ (N685, 000) in the last 6 months;
    • For a Family: minimum average bank balance of EUR 2.700€ (N1.25 million) in the last 6 months;
  • Valid health insurance for the duration of your stay in Cape Verde, for each family member where applicable (should cover COVID-19 where possible)*
  • Negative COVID-19 test results valid for 48 hours before you arrive in Cape Verde. (for each family member where applicable)