Travel

(Updated on 9 April 2021)

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 crucial that we continue to take the greatest possible care to prevent the spread of infection.

  • The Government advises against all non-essential overseas travel.
  • Visitors should take care in the days prior to their departure to the Faroe Islands. In particular those travelling from countries with high infection rates.
  • Travellers to the Faroe Islands are advised to test for COVID-19 three days before departure. This will reduce the risk of bringing the infection to the Faroe Islands.
  • All travellers to the Faroe Islands must test for COVID-19 at the border. This requirement also applies to vaccinated travellers and to Faroese citizens and residents returning from abroad.
  • Children under the age of 12 are offered a free test at the border, although they are not required to test.
  • All non-vaccinated visitors should self-isolate until a negative test on the fourth day after arrival. Click here for more information on how to get tested.
  • Vaccinated visitors will test upon arrival and should take a follow-up test four days after arrival.
  • Vaccinated travellers should still adhere to all recommendations, such as cleanliness and social distancing, put forward by the government.
  • Vaccinated travellers, who have completed their vaccination at least eight days prior to their journey, are not required to self-isolate after arrival in the Faroe Islands.
  • Previously infected travellers, whose positive test is more than ten days old, are also not required to self-isolate
  • Self-isolation means no working with other people and no visitors, no shopping and other errands which involves physical contact with other people. Driving or walking alone outdoors is accepted. Travellers are responsible for their own self-isolation.
  • The Government is consistently monitoring developments and will revise these measures if and when necessary. It is very important that all travellers stay updated about the situation.
  • 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. Travellers pay for their Covid-19 test.
  • All travellers receive this pamphlet upon arrival. You are welcome to familiarise yourself with its content before arrival.

Travellers to the Kingdom of Denmark (including the Faroe Islands)

When travelling to the Faroe Islands you are entering the Kingdom of Denmark. However, rules and guidelines for entering the Faroe Islands and Denmark are not the same. The rules and guidelines for entering the Faroe Islands are listed above. Read the official guidelines on entering Denmark here.

Travel from the Faroe Islands to Denmark is regarded as domestic travel within the Kingdom of Denmark. However, certain restrictions are involved in travel from Denmark to the Faroe Islands. For instance, a Covid-19 test at the border and a four day self-isolation period after arrival.

Is testing mandatory for everyone?

Everyone travelling to the Faroe Islands is advised to be tested for COVID-19 three days before departure. This means that anyone with access to testing should be tested in order to reduce the risk of bringing the infection to the Faroe Islands.

Furthermore 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 non-vaccinated visitors should self-isolate until a negative test on the fourth day after arrival. 

Vaccinated travellers, who have completed their vaccination at least eight days prior to their journey, are not required to self-isolate after arrival in the Faroe Islands.

Vaccinated visitors will test upon arrival and should take a follow-up test four days after arrival.

Vaccinated travellers should still adhere to all recommendations, such as cleanliness and social distancing, put forward by the government.

Previously infected travellers, whose positive test is more than ten days old, are also not required to self-isolate

 

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

While awaiting the test results, 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 available by noon the following day.

Travellers are responsible for their own home quarantine.

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 until the test result from the follow-up test on the 6th day is available.

 

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.

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.