These tropical islands welcome tourists if they can prove they’ve recovered from coronavirus
Fernando de Noronha, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, has now decided to gradually reopen to tourism, but only to those who can certify they have been infected with the virus and recovered.
Since the reopening began last week, officials on the eponymous main island have required visitors to show a positive antibody test, taken within 90 days before arrival, or a positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, done with a nose and throat swab, from at least 20 days ahead of their trip.
Results from rapid coronavirus tests, which have had higher error rates, are not accepted, according to island officials.
The unorthodox strategy could lead to new outbreaks at the idyllic destination.
The islands have largely controlled the pandemic so far and have avoided deaths by enforcing strict rules — a sharp contrast with the rest of Brazil. There is also the risk of recovered patients contracting the virus on the islands and spreading it elsewhere in the country.
[Source: Washington Post]