Praia do Forte, Cabo Frio
Covid test required in Cabo Frio on 11/1
From January 11, 2021, all visitors to Cabo Frio will need to present a negative test for Covid done up to 72 hours before arrival. O decree, enacted on the 5th, made Cabo Frio the first mass tourism destination in Brazil to require Covid testing.
Until today, only Fernando de Noronha (which receives a limited number of visitors), the Maraú Peninsula and Lençóis, in Chapada Diamantina, had taken this step. Maraú and Lençóis suspended the requirement a month after it was decreed.
Under the new Cabo Frio rule, all visitors will need to present a negative test for Covid done up to 72 hours before arrival. The tests need not be of the PCR type. Unlike Noronha or countries that require testing, Cabo Frio will also accept rapid pharmacy tests, which are much less accurate than PCR tests.
Tests will be required at the entrance to the city (including tour buses) and at check-in at hotels and inns.
It will work?
In our opinion: too much theater for a dubious result.
It won’t do any good if Cabo Frio continues to be one of the most permissive destinations on the Brazilian coast – see what happened on New Year’s Eve, when there was absolutely no repression against agglomerations.
The shot can even backfire, if all these semi-fake pharmacy tests serve as a passport to MMA on the beaches and streets of the city.
Without organizing the occupation and enjoyment of the city without agglomerations, a pharmacy test will only cause bottlenecks at the sanitary barrier.