Travel

Updated 11 January 2020.

  • The Government advises against all non-essential overseas travel.         
  • All visitors should take particular care in the days prior to their departure to the Faroe Islands. Most people will be travelling from countries where there are currently high infection rates, which means they should take extra precautions. Careful conduct at this time is crucial
  • Everyone travelling to the Faroe Islands is advised to be tested for COVID-19 three days before departure. This means than anyone with access to testing should be tested in order to reduce the risk of bringing the infection to the Faroe Islands.
  • All people travelling to the Faroe Islands must be tested for COVID-19. This requirement also applies to Faroese citizens and residents who have been travelling abroad. Children younger than 12 do not need to be tested. This will be mandatory until 1.April 2021. Hospital test centres are set up where travellers can get tested free of charge or travellers can pay to get tested at a private laboratory (Thetis). 

  • All visitors should self-isolate until they have received the result of the follow-up test that they are advised to take 6 days after arrival. Self-isolation means that you do not go to work. You should not have any visitors during this time, and you should not go shopping or do other errands. You may go for a drive in your own car and take a walk outdoors, but only where you do not come into contact with other people. You should have no direct contact with anyone considered to be in a vulnerable group.
  • The Government is constantly monitoring developments and will revise these measures if and when necessary. It is therefore of the utmost importance that all travellers to the Faroe Islands stay updated about the situation.

  • If you feel unwell, make sure to get tested without delay.

 

Regarding persons travelling to Denmark by air

As a consequence of the pandemic and the current infection rates internationally, the Danish government has decided to place the entire world on the travel red list. This means that the authorities are discouraging all international travel, included work-related travel. Denmark has therefore introduced stricter requirements to travellers who travel to Denmark and do not have a residence there.

These requirements will be in effect 9-17 January and apply to all international air travel to the Kingdom of Denmark.

The new requirements do not apply to domestic flights and travel between the Faroe Islands and Denmark. This means that there are no changes to the current rules and requirements for travel to/from the Faroe Islands.

Only persons with a recognised purpose of travel may enter the Kingdom of Denmark. Recognised purposes include work, important family visits or medical treatment. Travellers are required to present proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours before boarding the plane.

The airlines may refuse entry to aircraft if you are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test. Children under the age of 12 are not required to provide such proof, but it is still recommended that they are tested before travelling.

Passengers who are in doubt or concerned, how this affects their travel plans, are recommended to contact their airline or travel agency regarding their options.

The changes do not mean that the Danish border will be closed to Danish nationals or other residents of Denmark. This means that residents will still be able to travel to Denmark and the Faroe Islands.

However, the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test when travelling also applies to Danish nationals and residents of Denmark. The airline may therefore refuse entry to anyone who cannot provide proof of testing.

A PCR test is not a specific requirement, so e.g. antigen test or PCR test is a matter of choice and are accepted. Antibody tests are not accepted when travelling as they do not meet the requirements.

Read more here

Upon arrival: All travellers must be tested

All people travelling to the Faroe Islands must be tested for COVID-19. This requirement also applies to Faroese citizens and residents who have been travelling abroad. Children younger than 12 do not need to be tested.

If you are travelling by plane, you will be tested upon arrival. If you are travelling with the ferry, tests are conducted either by the port of departure or on the ferry. For more information on testing, please contact your tourist agency.

All travellers are obliged to pay for the test. Each test costs approximately DKK 312. The operator/carrier will be collecting the payment before departure. For further information please contact the travel agency/operator. 

Travellers can expect delays upon arrival.

All travellers will receive a pamphlet upon arrival stating the guidelines for travellers. It is important that you take the time to read this pamphlet carefully. 

After arrival: Self-isolation

All visitors should self-isolate until they have received the result of the follow-up test that they are advised to take 6 days after arrival. Self-isolation means that you do not go to work. You should not have any visitors during this time, and you should not go shopping or do other errands. You may go for a drive in your own car and take a walk outdoors, but only where you do not come into contact with other people. You should have no direct contact with anyone considered to be in a vulnerable group.

Everyone travelling to the Faroe Islands should self-quarantine at home for 10 days upon entering the country. 

This means that you:

  • Stay at home. You can be together with your family, but remember to maintain a personal distance of 2 metres (6 feet) and maintain good hygiene at home with your family. 
  • Do not receive visitors from outside.
  • If you have to work, do so from home.
  • You may go for a drive in your own car and take a nature walk, but only where you will not come into contact with other people. You should avoid all places where there are other people.

Travellers are responsible for their own home quarantine.

Six days after the arrival: Get a follow-up test

It is strongly recommended that you get tested on the 6th day after arrival. Until the test result for the 6th day is available, you need to be particularly cautious and maintain the recommended personal distance of 1 to 2 meters, have good hygiene, use hand sanitiser and do not attend large gatherings. 

Travellers can get tested free of charge at the drive-through test centres set up around the islands. Click here for more information on the test centre opening hours. Or travellers can get tested at the private laboratory Thetis, the price is DKK 390.

In the Faroe Islands: Be responsible and follow public guidelines

When in the Faroe Islands, particular care must be taken and the public health guidelines must be followed closely.

The Faroe Islands have successfully reduced the spread of COVID-19, and we wish to keep it that way. Our society is small and vulnerable. It is therefore crucial that we continue to take the greatest possible care to prevent the spread of infection. 

Do you have any questions? Scroll down or click here to visit our Travel FAQ .

 

 

 

 

Is testing mandatory for everyone?

Yes. Everyone travelling to the Faroe Islands must be tested upon arrival. This applies both to Faroe Islanders and foreigners travelling to the Faroe Islands. However, children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing.

How long should I self-quarantine?

All travellers to the Faroe Islands should immediately self-quarantine upon arrival until the test results are ready. Results are usually ready the same evening or at the latest by midday the following day. 

Where do I self-quarantine until I get the test results?

While awaiting the test results from the test taken at Vagar Airport, travellers must self-quarantine at home or at their prebooked residence, vacation rental, hotel etc. It is very important, that you follow the guidelines for home quarantine while awaiting the result. The results are usually ready on the same evening or the following midday at the latest.

Travellers are responsible for their own self-quarantine.

It is of utmost importance that all travellers to the Faroe Islands take appropriate precautions while travelling. Upon arrival, particular care must be taken and the public health guidelines must be followed closely.

How much does a test cost?

The test upon arrival at the ariport cost DKK 312.

The test upon departure by boat from Hirtshals, Denmark cost DKK 500.

How long before the test results are ready?

Usually test results are ready the same evening and at midday the following day at the latest.

When should I get a follow-up test?

Six days after arrival travellers to the Faroe Islands should get a follow-up test. 

Where do I get the second test?

Everyone can be tested at the hospital test centers located around the Islands. Testing is free of charge. For more information on test center location and opening hours, click here.

You can also get a test at the private laboratoy, Thetis. The cost is DKK 390. For more information, click here.

Should I self-isolate until I receive the second test results?

Travellers should self-isolate upon arrival. After receiving the first test result, travellers are free to go outside, go for a walk, travel around the islands etc.

But until the test result for the 6th day is available, you need to be particularly cautious and maintain the recommended personal distance of 1 to 2 meters, have good hygiene, use hand sanitizer and do not attend large gatherings.

Does testing at hospital test centers cost?

Tests at the hospital test centers are free of charge. 

I don't have a car, how do I get tested?

We recommend all people to arrive in a car as this minimizes the spread of infection. However special queues will be set up for people who don't have a car. You can expect long waiting times, so be sure to bring warm clothes and maybe also a book. 

If you are feeling sick we urge to wear a mask. 

When do I get the test results from my second test?

You will recieve your test results by sms and email.

If you are positive, the Chief Medical Officer will call you.

Until the test result for the 6th day is available, you need to be particularly cautious and maintain the recommended personal distance of 1 to 2 meters, have good hygiene, use hand sanitizer and do not attend large gatherings.

Am I exempt from self-quarantine if I have a negative test result from my country of departure?

No. 

All travellers will be required to get tested upon arrival in the Faroe Islands. All travellers should proceed to self-quarantine until the test results are ready. 

It is very important that all travellers self-quarantine upon arrival until the test results are ready. If the result is positive and you are confirmed infected, it is very important you take the necessary precautions to reduce and stop the spread. Therefore, all travellers should immediately self-quarantine until the test results are ready. Usually the results are ready the same evening or at the latest by midday the following day.

Is my country open or banned?

The Danish Government has announced that borders will be open to people from EU Member States, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom. A condition for entry will be that the infection rate in the country of residence is low – fewer than 20 of 100,000 people infected.

Countries are divided into two groups: banned countries and open countries. The list is based on the current number of infected people and is updated weekly by the SSI. Therefore, there might be changes in a country's status. If you are planning on travelling to the Faroe Islands, we urge to you stay updated on this matter. You can see the list of banned and open countries here.

Am I exempt from testing if I have a negative test result from my country of departure?

No. All travellers will be required to get tested upon arrival. This also applies for travellers who may have a negative test result from country of departure.

Children younger than 12 are exempt from testing. 

What if someone who sat next to me on the airplane tests positive?

The Chief Medical Officer of the Faroe Islands is in charge of supervising isolation, quarantine and contact tracing.

If someone tests positive, the CMO will be notified and he will conduct contact tracing. The infected person will be isolated, and all necessary contacts will also be quarantined.

If you are positive or you have been in immediate contact with an infected person you will be ordered to isolate/quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. If you cannot provide for your own quarantine facilities, the health authorities may help you with arrangements.

Keep in mind that couples, family members, or travelling companions will not be allowed to quarantine or isolate together. These are the safety precautions regarding the coronavirus in the Faroe Islands.

I'm an tourist, what happens if I test positive?

The Chief Medical Officer requires anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to remain in isolated quarantine for at least 10 days. You shall have no contact at all with other people to avoid infecting them.

If you are in isolation, you must isolate yourself from others. You do not go to work or run errands and you do not leave the property where you are in isolation. You have no direct and physical contact with other people, including family members, spouse/partner or travelling companion.

If you cannot self-isolate at home you should find an alternative residence. If this is not possible, the Ministry of Health can assist in finding other options, such as a hotel.

Persons that have tested positive for COVID-19 have to remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days. The Chief Medical Officer will determine when you have recovered. When this has been officially confirmed, you can once again move around freely and you are not at risk of being re-infected by coronavirus. This means that you will not have to go back into quarantine if you come into contact with an infected person.

I have already had COVID-19, do I need to be tested upon arrival?

All travellers must be tested. Only children younger than 12 are exempt from testing. If you previously have tested positive we urge you to bring relevant medical documentation. If you test positive again upon arrival, the Chief Medical Officer will decide if you should be isolated or not. 

What are the official recommendations for preventing infection in the Faroe Islands?

The Faroe Islands have successfully reduced the spread of COVID-19, and we wish to keep it that way. Our society is small and vulnerable. It is therefore crucial that we continue to take the greatest possible care to prevent the spread of infection. 

  • Remember to maintain a physical distance from others.
  • Maintain rigorous hand hygiene, washing your hands thoroughly and often. Use sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm – not your hands.
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugging and kissing.
  • Maintain strict hygiene both at home and at work.
  • Take particular care in places where many people are around. 
  • Remember that anyone can carry the infection and pass it on to others, even if you have no symptoms yourself.
  • Pay attention to any symptoms of illness that could indicate a corona infection, such as fever and coughing, and stay at home if in any doubt.
If I have a special COVID-19 passport, am I exempt from testing?

All travellers to the Faroe Islands must be tested upon arrival. You are not exempt from testing if you have recent documentation of a negative test result or a COVID-19 passport.

Children younger than 12 are exempt from testing.