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Complete guide to obtaining a Cabo Verde digital nomad visa, the required documents, the application steps, and FAQs

Cabo Verde implemented their digital nomad visa in December 2020. It is called the Remote Working Cabo Verde program and allows remote workers to stay for up to six months with the opportunity for renewal. 

Interested in living on one of these beautiful islands of Cabo Verde? Cabo Verde opens its doors to you. Those who apply for the visa are able to experience the peace and serenity that Cabo Verde is known for. 

Benefits of Working as a Digital Nomad in Cabo Verde

Working as a digital nomad in Cabo Verde under the Remote Working Cabo Verde program has the following benefits: 

  • Affordable visa. To get the Cabo Verde digital nomad visa, you have to pay two fees: the visa fee is €20 ($20.47), and the airport fee is €34 ($34.81). In comparison with other countries that offer digital nomad visas, the fee is quite cheap. 
  • Ease of getting the visa. Getting a Cabo Verde digital nomad visa is simple. You only have to prepare the necessary documents and apply online. There should be a two-week turnaround time.
  • Tax-free. With the Cabo Verde digital nomad visa, you get temporary residency but not tax residency. Digital nomads in Cabo Verde are exempt from income tax and any other taxes. In addition, there will not be any import taxes when arriving in Cabo Verde. However, digital nomads have to pay taxes at their regular tax residency. 
  • Good internet connection. It is easy to work even in remote areas of the country, thanks to the country’s excellent mobile network coverage. It is the country’s mobile network coverage that makes this country attractive to those who need a reliable and fast internet connection. The internet speed fixed is 36.66 Mbps. 
  • Hospitality. Usually, local communities are quite small, and neighbors often greet one another on the street, and they express themselves through music and dance. Moreover, you’ll find that locals are glad to teach you a few phrases or words since they are pretty proud of their language. It is definitely worth the trip to this beautiful country to be welcomed with morabeza, which means receiving someone well, in the right way – the Cabo Verde way. 
  • Low cost of living. Cabo Verde is relatively cheap.

Who is eligible for a Cabo Verde Digital Nomad Visa?

The Cabo Verde digital nomad visa is eligible for anyone from:

  • Europe.
  • North America.
  • Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).
  • Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO).

Requirements for Cabo Verde Digital Nomad Visa

Under the Remote Working Program, applicants must electronically submit these documents to apply for a temporary 6-month visa:

  • Passport bio page.
  • Passport size photo. The dimensions of the photos must be 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm). The head must be between 1 -1 3/8 inches (25 – 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
  • Means of subsistence. You need to upload the account statement for the last 6 months or a copy of the last 3 monthly salary receipts. The income needs to be:
    • €1,500 minimum average bank balance on the last six months for an individual 
    • €2,700 minimum average bank balance on the last six months for a family
  • Health and travel insurance for digital nomads. You need health insurance designed for digital nomads and remote workers who are living abroad to travel to Cabo Verde. 
  • Proof of relationship. If you are married, you need a marriage certificate. If you have children, you need birth certificates or adoption orders.
  • Criminal background check. You can get your police record at the local police department. 
  • Booking accommodation. You will need either a hotel booking, a lease, or a rental agreement to confirm your accommodation.

To receive the stamp, approved applicants must present the following documents to the border authorities:

  • Valid passport. The validity of your passport should be for at least six months.
  • The copy of the approval letter. The approval letter is issued by Instituto de Turismo de Cabo Verde.
  • Copy of visa approval declaration. The visa approval declaration is issued by Direcção de Fronteiras e Estrangeiros.
  • Airport fee.
  • Visa fee

How to Apply for a Cabo Verde Digital Nomad Visa?

You must apply for a Cabo Verde digital nomad visa online through the official Cabo Verde Nomad Visa website. The application process is as follows:

  1. Prepare the application documents. The list of the documents is under “Requirements for Cabo Verde Digital Nomad Visa” above. 
  2. Apply for the visa. You can apply online by following the link to the application form. Here you fill out the application form with the required documents and information. 
  3. Receive application approval. The processing time for a digital nomad visa in Cabo Verde is two weeks. After approval, you will receive an email stating the next steps you need to follow to obtain the visa.
  4. Prepare the travel documents. Before traveling to Cabo Verde, you need to prepare the documents that you have to submit to the border authorities. The list of the documents is under “Requirements for Cabo Verde Digital Nomad Visa” below. 
  5. Travel to Cabo Verde. After completing the previous step, you only have to pack your bags and travel to Cabo Verde.
  6. Pay the fees. To get the Cabo Verde digital nomad visa, you have to pay two fees: the visa fee is €20 ($20.47), which is paid after arrival, and the airport fee is €34 ($34.81), which is paid upon arrival. 
  7. Get the visa stamp. You have about 30 days after your arrival to get the visa. To arrange the delivery of your visa, please send an email to the Remote Working Program. There should be a five-day turnaround time.

In addition, depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to enter Cabo Verde. You can obtain a visa from the nearest diplomatic government office of the Republic of Cabo Verde. 

How Much Does the Cabo Verde Digital Nomad Visa Cost?

To get the Cabo Verde digital nomad visa, you have to pay two fees:

  • Visa fee – €20 ($20.47). It is paid after arrival. 
  • Airport fee – €34 ($34.81). It is paid upon arrival. 

The fees are non-refundable and paid after approval. 

Processing Time For A Digital Nomad Visa in Cabo Verde

The processing time for a digital nomad visa in Cabo Verde is two weeks. 

How Long Can I Work in Cabo Verde as a Digital Nomad?

The validity of the Cabo Verde digital nomad visa is six months and can be renewed for another six months.

Paying Taxes as a Digital Nomad in Cabo Verde

With the Cabo Verde digital nomad visa, you get temporary residency but not tax residency. Digital nomads in Cabo Verde are exempt from income tax and any other taxes. In addition, there will not be any import taxes when arriving in Cabo Verde. Digital nomads, on the other hand, must pay taxes in their regular tax residency. 

In contrast with digital nomads, residents in Cabo Verde pay taxes. The income tax is imposed at progressive rates. 

  • For up to $3,894 in income, the tax rate is 11.67%
  • For an income of $8,192, the tax rate is 15.56%
  • For an income of $16,384, the tax rate is 21.39%
  • For an income of $24,576, the tax rate is 27.22%
  • Over $24,576 in income, the tax is 45%

Moreover, property tax is imposed on the property value at a flat rate of 3%, and corporate income tax at a flat rate of 25%. 

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