Travel

(Updated on 11 June 2021)

Travellers to the Faroe Islands

Below are the official guidelines for entry to the Faroe Islands. Please read carefully.

When travelling to the Faroe Islands, you are entering the Kingdom of Denmark. Please check the official entry guidelines for Denmark before making plans to visit the Faroe Islands. This also applies if you are just passing through Denmark in transit and the Faroe Islands is the sole destination of your travel. The official guidelines for entering Denmark can be found here.

Testing

At the moment, three covid-19 tests are required in connection with travel to the Faroe Islands.

  1. Testing three days before arrival
  2. Testing upon arrival
  3. Testing four days post-arrival

Read more below.

Testing three days before arrival

Travellers are strongly advised to test for COVID-19 three days before arrival to the Faroe Islands. This will reduce the risk of bringing the infection to the Faroe Islands.

Test upon arrival

Until 31 August 2021 all passengers 12 years and older are required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in the Faroe Islands.

This also applies to vaccinated travellers, previously infected people and Faroese citizens and residents returning from abroad.

For children under 12 testing at the border is optional and free of charge.

Arrivals by air travel are tested at Vágar Airport. Arrivals by sea are conducted at the port of departure or on the ferry itself.

All travellers should self-isolate until they have received the result of the test taken at the border. The result is usually available on the day of arrival.

The test costs 350 DKK per passenger, and is payable before arrival. If the test is not prepaid, extra costs and waiting times will apply.

The fee is collected according to Faroese law (Act 139 from September 29th 2020).

4th-day testing

All travellers are strongly advised to test four days after arrival. Please note, that your day of arrival counts as day 0.

4th day testing is free of charge. Click here for more information on testing in the Faroe Islands.

Travellers from orange and red countries:

Travellers from orange/red countries are only allowed to travel to/through Denmark if they have a worthy purpose. Check coronasmitte.dk for the definition of a worthy purpose.

Travellers from orange/red countries should self-isolate for 10 days after arrival in the Faroe Islands. You must isolate even if the test taken at arrival is negative.

The isolation may end after a negative PCR 4th day test.

Travellers from yellow countries:

All travellers (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) from yellow countries should go directly to their place of residence and await the test results from the test upon arrival.

It is strongly recommended that travellers get tested on the 4th day after arrival. This test is free of charge at the hospital test center.

Travellers need to stay in an adjusted self-quarantine until the test result from the 4 day is available - This means, stay away from crowds of people, where the disease can spread quickly. This included e.g., birthday parties, parties, the night life, churches and congregations and sports and musical events.

Travellers may visit e.g., restaurants, theatres or go the the cinema where it is possible to maintain 1 meter distance under organized conditions.

Travellers who have been vaccinated twice or been sick with COVID-19, are required to get tested upon arrival in the Faroe Islands and recommended to get tested on the 4th day. But do not need to self-quarantine.

Check coronasmitte.dk for country classifications.

General guidelines for all travellers

  • 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. We must continue to take the greatest possible care to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Visitors should take care in the days before their departure to the Faroe Islands. In particular, those travelling from countries with high infection rates.
  • Non-vaccinated and never infected individuals should stay away from large gatherings where the infection can spread quickly. For example, large birthdays, parties, nightlife, church ceremonies, and large sports and music arrangements. This means, among other things, that tourists can visit restaurants in controlled circumstances.
  • All travellers should still adhere to all recommendations, such as cleanliness and social distancing, put in place by the government.
  • The Government is consistently monitoring developments and will revise these measures if and when necessary. All travellers must stay updated about the situation.
Is testing mandatory for everyone?

Everyone travelling to the Faroe Islands is advised to be tested for COVID-19 three days before departure. This means that anyone with access to testing should be tested in order to reduce the risk of bringing the infection to the Faroe Islands.

Furthermore 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 non-vaccinated visitors should self-isolate until a negative test on the fourth day after arrival. 

Vaccinated travellers, who have completed their vaccination at least eight days prior to their journey, are not required to self-isolate after arrival in the Faroe Islands.

Vaccinated visitors will test upon arrival and should take a follow-up test four days after arrival.

Vaccinated travellers should still adhere to all recommendations, such as cleanliness and social distancing, put forward by the government.

Previously infected travellers, whose positive test is more than ten days old, are also not required to self-isolate

 

Where do I self-quarantine until I get the test results?

While awaiting the test results, 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 available by noon the following day.

Travellers are responsible for their own home quarantine.

How much does a test cost?

The test upon arrival at Vágar airport costs DKK 350, if it is prepaid.

If it is not prepaid, extra costs and waiting time will apply.

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 until the test result from the follow-up test on the 4th day is available.

 

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?

You will recieve your test results by sms and email.

If you are positive, the Chief Medical Officer will call you.

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.

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 10 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 10 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 10 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.