The scenic archipelago of 21 volcanic islands off the coast of Brazil, Fernando de Noronha, is finally reopening to tourists, five months after its borders were closed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the local administration has announced a strange clause: only people who have previously tested positive for Covid-19 will be allowed to visit the island.
The region, known for its pristine beaches, is set to reopen next week, authorities in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, which includes Fernando de Noronha, said in a press conference.
“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,” the state’s administrator, Guilherme Rocha said. He did not, however, explain the reasoning behind the local government’s decision.