The “essential flights” between Cape Verde and Portugal have begun. The Cape Verdean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luís Filipe Tavares, and the Portuguese Ambassador to Cape Verde, António Moniz, announced that the two countries have set out to agreement for the opening of an air corridor between their two territories, from August 1.
Thus, trips for family, professional, school, official and humanitarian reasons are now possible. They will be provided by the Portuguese companies TAP and SATA, and the Cape Verdean national carrier, Cabo Verde Airlines. To board, passengers will have to present a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test negative for Covid-19. According to the minister, these flights will continue until the official opening of Cape Verde’s borders.
According to its Tourism and Transport counterpart, Cape Verde will open its skies “very probably” in the second half of August. “Taking into account the different factors that appear almost daily, we want to make this announcement based on reliable data,” Carlos Santos explained at Lusa’s microphone on Wednesday July 29.
Suspended since March 19, international flights were supposed to resume in Cape Verde during this month of July. But faced with the resurgence of the Coronavirus pandemic in certain European countries, the island has decided to postpone the date for the reopening of its borders by one month.