Measures to contain the spread of the COVID19 virus in the Faroe Islands apply to all members of society, regardless of nationality. Everyone is urged to take the utmost care and precaution and to follow closely the updated advice issued by public authorities on medical help, personal hygiene, social restrictions, travel and all other procedures, regulations and recommendations.
Please consult the comprehensive information provided on the website www.corona.fo to find answers to your specific questions.
If you have other urgent questions not addressed in the online information or this overview, you can call the Faroese Government Corona hotline on 30 40 40.
Official Recommendations and Measures
(updated 14 May 2020)
- Maintain an appropriate personal distance of 1 meter in public spaces.
- Keeping a distance of 2 meters is still advised in situations where the risk of infection is greater, such as due to increased spread of droplets, or where special precautions are advised, such as when visitin elderly and care home, hospitals and people considered to be vulnerable.
- From May 18th people can gather in groups of up to 100, while maintaining the recommended personal distance.
- Tourists are advised not to travel to the Faroe Islands, at least until 30 June.
- All non-essential international travel continues to be discouraged.
- Anyone travelling to the Faroe Islands is expected to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. See more under “Isolation and quarantine”.
- Aged care facilities will reopen gradually so that elderly residents can receive visitors and enjoy a fuller daily life.
- Churches and other congregations can resume their activities in adherence to the public health guidelines.
- All primary and secondary classes will go back to school.
- The University of the Faroe Islands, the Centre of Maritime Studies and Engineering and colleges an also resume normal activities.
- Spectators can now attend sporting events, which should be organised to minimise the risk of infection.
- Museums such as the National Museum, the National Art Museum and libraries can reopen from 4 May in adherence to the public health guidelines.
- No festivals or larger cultural events should be held before 30 June. The situation will be assessed and a new announcement made towards the end of May.
- Public sector employees will once again work from their offices to the extent possible, but if special circumstances so require, they may still work from home.
- Bars, restaurants and venues are advised not to remain open later than 22:00.
- Ferry and bus services will resume their normal schedules on all routes. Limits on the number of passengers in buses will apply.
Guidelines for limiting social interaction
- 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 pshyical greetings suck 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.