Country Description: The Republic of Cape Verde consists of several rugged volcanic islands off the west coast of Africa. Tourist facilities are limited.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: A visa is required. Travelers should obtain further information from the the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde, 3415 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007, telephone (202) 965-6820, or the Consulate General of Cape Verde in Boston. Overseas inquiries should be made to the nearest Cape Verde embassy or consulate.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities in Cape Verde are extremely limited. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health care services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not provide for payment of medical services outside the United States. In some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas and medical evacuation coverage has proven useful. For additional health information, travelers should contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Some petty thievery can be expected. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to local police and to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The pamphlets "A Safe Trip Abroad" and "Tips For Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa" provide useful information on personal security while traveling abroad and on travel in the region in general. Both are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and fines.

Embassy Location/Registration: U.S. citizens are encouraged to register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy at Rua Abilio M. Macedo 81, Praia, telephone (238) 61-56-16 or 17, and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Cape Verde. The U.S. Embassy's mailing address is C.P. 201 and their fax number is (238) 61-13-55.

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