These days, relocating to another country is becoming very common among Nigerians who believe that there are better options outside the shores of the country. People travel for various reasons, ranging from studies, business, work and so on. Among the popular countries most Nigerians relocate to are Canada, the United States, UK, UAE, but Getting a visa to these countries doesn’t come easy, therefore, applying to a country with a less-stringent visa rule is the way forward. One of the easy countries for Nigerians to relocate to is Cape Verde. If you’ve been thinking of a country where you can start life all over again, Cape Verde seems an option. Today, I will guide you on how to move to Cape Verde from Nigeria.
About the country Cape Verde
Cape Verde is an island country situated the west coast of Africa. Cape Verde is located near Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.
The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese. While some speak the Cape Verdean Creole. But this shouldn’t bother you much as you can get a few that speaks English or better still, get an app to guide you on some basic words in Portuguese.
Why relocate from Nigeria to Cape Verde?
Based on the availability of natural resources in Nigeria, many Nigerians will agree that Nigeria is far richer than Cape Verde. The gross domestic product (GDP) may present evidence of that, but does it matter where a large of number of Nigerians are said to be poor? So, relocating to this ‘not-too rich’ country may be a better option.
Here are some reasons for relocating to Cape Verde from Nigeria.
- Easy process of travelling out
Moving to Cape Verde from Nigeria is easy, all you need to do is have the required documents as Nigeria passport holders don’t need a visa to enter the country. You can get a one-month visa stamp and at the end of this visa, you can also apply for a 3-month visa extension. After this visa extension elapses plan to stay back, then you have to apply for the residency permit. To become a resident of Cape Verde, you have to apply for a 6-month visa which you must stay in the country for 6 months. After the 6-month visa expires, you are now eligible to apply for the residency permit. With this, you can comfortably work and live in Cape Verde.
2. You can apply for citizenship status 5 years after becoming a resident
After 5 years of residence in Cape Verde, you are eligible to apply for citizenship. To obtain a citizenship status, you must have all the necessary documents and prove that you can sustain yourself by source through income, business or employment contract, you should be able to obtain accommodation.
3. Business opportunities in Cape Verde
Cape Verde may not be all that rich, however, there are thriving business opportunities over there. Nigeria is richer than Cape Verde, but the ease of doing business in Nigeria is tough. Examples of businesses that you can start in Cape Verde are restaurants/ hostels, lounge, travel and tour business, ICT, transport, etc.
How to move to Cape Verde from Nigeria
You can travel by road or by air. If you opt for the road option, you will board a vehicle from Lagos to Cotonou or from Lagos to Accra – Abidjan – Dakar. It looks hectic right? But remember, you are trying to cut cost and also, gain travel experienced. If this option isn’t for you, going by air option is there.
The following airlines operate flights from Lagos, Nigeria to Espergos, Cape Verde, with all stopovers:
1. TACV: Accra from Lagos to Sal Island, flights
2. Air Senegal: Flights from Lagos to Praia Abidjan, USD
3. Groupe Transit: Flights from Cotonou to Praia, Casablanca, Lisbon
Is Cape Verde Visa-free to Nigeria?
Cape Verde Tourist Visa Requirement For Nigeria
Nigerians travelling to Cape Verde with a tourist visa are not required to obtain a visa for a stay up to 90 days. But, you may be required to obtain a transit visa depending on which country your flight takes you through and how long you are in-transit. Be sure to confirm this with your airline.
Entry requirements for a Nigeria passport holder to cape Verde
1. International passport with 6 months validity.
2. Purpose of visiting Cape Verde.
3. Evidence of return ticket.
4. Proof of accommodation/hotel reservation.
5. Evidence of has basic travelling allowance sufficient to cover your entire stay on the Island.
6. Health clearance certificate.
Cape Verde Currency and exchange
The Cape Verde Currency is Escudos or CV Esc which is the legal tender within Cape Verde. The exchange rate is 110 CV to €1 (Euro) US Dollar and Euros are widely accepted all over the islands. You should take along the Euros.
Nigeria passport holders have the opportunity to travel to visa-free or visa on arrival countries but to go any of these countries, you must have a genuine reason with the required documents to have you stay legally.
Cape Verde is a fascinating country. It is a small country with a stable democracy, the people are friendly, and the country is has a very low crime rate. If you are thinking of how to move to Cape Verde from Nigeria, you can start by getting all your documents ready and then decide which route are you taken, by or by air?