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.

All persons travelling to the Faroe Islands should immediately home quarantine until the test result from the test taken upon arrival is ready. 

In addition, health authorities recommend that anyone who has recently returned to the Faroe Islands from a banned country 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:

  1. You have tested positive for the coronavirus,
  2. You have had direct contact with a person who has the coronavirus, or
  3. You have recently arrived on the Faroe Islands

 

1. 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.

 

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

The Chief Medical Officer is in charge of contact tracing and will contact you 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

 

3. Home Quarantine - If you have travelled to the Faroe Islands from a quarantine country or you are awaiting your test result

Everyone travelling to the Faroe Islands from a banned country should self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon entering the country. Travellers awaiting test results from tests taken upon arrival should also self-quarantine until the test results are ready. 

This means that you:

  • Stay at home; this can be together 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.

  • Remember to maintain personal distance and good hygiene, also when at home with your family.

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.

If you are feeling sick or you are developing symptoms, you can call:

  • your local GP during consultation hours from 08:00 to 16:00 on weekdays.
  • the Corona hotline on tel. +298 30 40 40 mondays to thursdays from 10:00- 15:00.
  • the after-hours GP service on 1870 from 16:00 – 08:00, as well as weekends and public holidays.
  • Further information about symptoms can be found here.

The Faroe Islands have successfully reduced the spread of COVID-19, and we will continue to do so. 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.

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

Travellers are responsible for their home quarantine.

For those returning from a banned country: After 14 days you can move around freely in the community, but remember to follow the official public health guidelines. 

For those awaiting test results: After the test result comes back negative you can move around freely in the community, but remember to follow the official public health guidelines.