The World Health Organization (WHO) certified Cape Verde as malaria-free on 12 January 2024.
Cape Verde is the third country in Africa to be certified as free of malaria.
Malaria elimination certification is granted by the WHO when a country has:
shown that malaria transmission by Anopheles mosquitoes has been interrupted nationwide for at least three consecutive years
demonstrated the capacity to prevent the re-establishment of malaria transmission
Malaria prevention measures are not required for travellers to Cape Verde, although insect bites should be avoided as other vector-borne infections may be present.
See the Malaria section for further information on the disease.