Island Paradise Exclusively For Recovered COVID Visitors

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The Fernando de Noronha archipelago off the coast of Brazil boasts turquoise waters, gold sand beaches and renowned snorkelling. It is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

However, in an interesting twist on the fight to contain the pandemic, unless you can prove you’ve had COVID-19, you are not welcome. 

The archipelago reopened to travellers on 01SEP but only to those who have recovered from the coronavirus. 

"To land on the archipelago, the tourist will need to present the result of a positive PCR test that is at least 20 days old, or the result of the serological test showing the presence of antibodies against Covid," Fernando de Noronha administrator, Guilherme Rocha, said.

A PCR test shows whether someone has the virus, while the serological test shows whether the body has already developed antibodies for coronavirus.

There is significant debate, however, as to the level and duration of immunity that coronavirus patients develop after a first infection, putting into question the destination's entire strategy. There have been cases of re-infection reported in countries around the world, including in Brazil. 

The archipelago of 3,100 permanent residents has so far registered 93 confirmed cases of the virus and no deaths. It launched strict containment measures when the pandemic took root, including prohibiting tourism starting in MAR and from APR to JUN, even forbidding residents who were on the mainland from returning.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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