Travel

Updated 21 October 2020

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 31 October. 

All travellers should furthermore get a follow-up test six days 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 sanitizer and do not attend large gatherings. Hospital test centers are set up where travellers can get tested free of charge or travellers can pay to get tested at a private laboratory (Thetis). 

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.

Is my country open or closed?

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.

Countries other than EU Member States, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom are currently by definition banned countries. However there are a few exceptions, click on the links above for a full overview. Travellers residing in a banned country are not allowed to enter the Faroe Islands without a recognised reason. Tourism is not a recognised reason. Read more about recognised reasons and the border control here. For questions regarding the border control or the list of banned countries, please contact the police. 

For FAQ regarding travel to and from the Faroe Islands, click here.

Conditions for entry to the Faroe Islands depend on whether you are a resident of an open or a banned country. 

 

1. If you are a resident in an open country

Here are the guidelines for travellers residing in open countries:

Before departure: Take precautions

It is of utmost importance that all travellers to the Faroe Islands take appropriate precautions while travelling. Travellers are required to wear masks at the airport and on the airplane. 

Make sure that you are updated on the situation in the Faroe Islands and that you have understood the official recommendations for preventing infection before departing for the Faroe Islands.

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.

From 1 October travellers will have 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 recieve 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-quarantine

While awaiting test results from the test taken at Vagar Airport, travellers must self-quarantine at home or at their prebooked residence, vacation rental, hotel etc. While travelling to your prebooked residence you should take particular care. 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 home quarantine.

Once you receive the first test results you are free to leave home quarantine. You may go out and about, travel around the islands etc. However you should be following the public health guidelines at all times. You are required to keep your distance, maintain a good hygiene and you should not attend large gatherings.

Six days after 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 sanitizer and do not attend large gatherings. 

Travellers can get tested free of charge at the drive-through test centers set up around the islands. Click here for more information on the test center 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 .

 

 

2. If you are a resident in a banned country

Here are the guidelines for travellers from banned countries. Foreign citizens residing in countries on the banned list will not be allowed to enter the Faroe Islands without a recognised reason. Tourism is not a recognised reason. 

Before departure: Take precautions

It is of utmost importance that all travellers to the Faroe Islands take appropriate precautions while travelling. Travellers should wear masks at the airport and on the airplane. 

Make sure that you are updated on the situation in the Faroe Islands and that you have understood the official recommendations for preventing infection before departing for the Faroe Islands.

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 the tests are conducted 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.

Testing is free of charge up to and including 30 September. From 1 October travellers will have to pay for the test. Each test costs approximately DKK 390-500.

Travellers can expect delays upon arrival.

All travellers will recieve a pamphlet upon arrival stating the guidelines for travellers. It is important that you take the time to read this pamphlet carefully. You can also find the pamphlet here, scroll down for english.

After arrival: Self-quarantine

Travellers from banned countries should immediately proceed to home quarantine for 14 days. Here you can find the guidelines for home quarantine.

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 visit our Travel FAQ here.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING TRAVEL TO AND FROM THE FAROE ISLANDS

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?

Testing is free of charge up to and including 30 September. From 1 October travellers will have to pay for the tests. A test costs approximately 390-500 DKK.

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?

Test results are communicated on our special corona website (home page). 

If you are positive, the Chief Medical Officer will call you. If you have not received a phone call by the time that all test results from your test day are official, your test most likely is negative. 

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 14 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 14 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 14 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.