Temporary border controls
(updated 14 July 2020)
If you are not a faroese national and/or person resident in the Faroe Islands, the rules on entry into the Faroe Islands depend on whether you are resident of an open or a banned country.
All travelers, regardless of nationality, can expect to be required to show proof of identity.
With a few exceptions, countries other than EU Member States, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom are currently by definition banned countries. Citizens residing in a banned country will need a recognised reason for coming to the Faroe Islands. Tourism is not a valid reason.
Recognised reasons for foreign nationals residing in banned countries to enter the Faroe Islands include but are not limited to:
- residence in the Faroe Islands
- visiting minor children
- a work permit and a recognised job or recognised work that needs to be carried out for an employer in the Faroe Islands. Anyone entering the Faroe Islands on this basis is advised to have relevant documentation from their employer (work contractor other certification of employment)
- supply of goods and services to and from the Faroe Islands
- seamen who are signing on or off a vessel in the Faroe Islands. This also applies to flight crew changes, off-shore workers and the like.
- visiting a family member who is critically ill or dying
- attending a funeral
- to receive medical treatment
- attending a court hearing
Non-resident foreign nationals residing in a banned country will not be permitted to travel to the Faroe Islands for non-urgent family visits, school excursions, business trips and other normal tourist activities.
For more information on recognised reasons for travel from banned countries, click here.
With a few exceptions, countries that are EU Member States, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom are open countries.
Besides all the reasons stated above, reasons for residents of an open country to enter the Faroe Islands also include but are not limited to:
- You are going on a holiday
- You are the partner, parent, spouse, fiancé etc. of a person resident in the Faroe Islands
For more information on recognised reasons for travel from open countries, click here.
For more information, visit this website: https://politi.dk/en/coronavirus-in-denmark/if-you-are-travelling-to-and-from-denmark
For questions regarding border control, which documents to bring, the open and banned list etc, please contact the police - link above.