Isolation and Quarantine

The Chief Medical Officer requires anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and anyone who has been in direct contact with a person who has COVID-19, to remain in isolated quarantine for at least 14 days.

In addition, health authorities recommend that anyone who has recently returned to the Faroe Islands from overseas should remain in home quarantine for 14 days.

What are isolation, quarantine and home quarantine?

Isolation, quarantine and home quarantine are three protective procedures that you need to adopt if:

  • You have been tested positive for the coronavirus,
  • You have had direct contact with a person who has the coronavirus, or
  • You have been overseas and have recently returned to the Faroe Islands

Isolation – you have tested positive for COVID-19

If you have consulted the Chief Medical Officer and have tested positive for the coronavirus you must be in isolation. You shall have no contact at all with other people, to avoid infecting them.

This means:

  • you must isolate yourself from others where you live
  • 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 contact with other people, including those who live in the same place

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.

The Chief Medical Officer shall 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.

Quarantine - If you have been in direct contact with an infected person

If you have had direct contact with a person who has been infected with COVID-19 you shall be in quarantine for at least 14 days. You shall have no contact at all with other people, to avoid infecting them.

This means:

  • you must isolate yourself from others where you live
  • you do not go to work or run errands and you do not leave the property where you are in quarantine
  • you have no direct contact with other people, including those who live in the same household

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.

You shall pay particular attention to any signs of illness which could indicate a coronavirus infection, such as fever and coughing. If you have symptoms of infection, you should call your local GP during working hours, or GP service on 1870 (after hours only).

It is also recommended that you:

  • Keep the house clean, in particular frequently used areas such as toilets, bathrooms and kitchens
  • Wash towels, bedclothes and undergarments at a minimum of 80°C
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly

Home Quarantine - If you have recently returned from overseas

Everyone returning to the Faroe Islands from overseas is advised to stay in home quarantine for 14 days after their return.

This means that you:

  • stay at home
  • do not go to work
  • do not receive visitors
  • do not go shopping or other errands, and do not leave the property where you are in quarantine
  • do not stay in a household where there are people who are particularly vulnerable and at risk of serious illness if infected

You should pay particular attention to any signs of illness which could indicate a coronavirus infection, such as fever and coughing. If you have symptoms of infection, you should call your local GP during working hours or the after-hours GP service on 1870.

It is also recommended that you:

  • Keep the house clean, in particular frequently used areas such as toilets, bathrooms and kitchens
  • Wash towels, bedclothes and undergarments at a minimum of 80°C
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly