FAQ ABOUT TRAVEL FROM 27 JUNE

Below you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions  about travel to and from the Faroe Islands. If you cannot find answers to your questions, you can call the Corona hotline – 304040 - Monday to Friday from 10-15 (GMT).

Is testing mandatory for everyone?

Yes. 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 travellers to the Faroe Islands should immediately self-quarantine upon arrival until the test results are ready. Results are usually ready the same evening or at the latest by midday the following day. 

How much does a test cost?

From 1 October travellers will have to pay for the test. Each test costs approximately DKK 312. The operator/carrier will be collecting the payment before departure. For further information please contact the travel agency/operator. 

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

While awaiting the test results from the test taken at Vagar Airport, 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 usually ready on the same evening or by the following midday at the latest.

Travellers are responsible for self-quarantine.

It is of utmost importance that all travellers to the Faroe Islands take appropriate precautions while travelling. Upon arrival, particular care must be taken and the public health guidelines must be followed closely.

How long before the test results are ready?

Usually test results are ready the same evening or at latest by midday the following day.

When should I get a follow-up test?

Six days after arrival travellers to the Faroe Islands should get a follow-up test. 

Should I self-isolate until I receive the second test results?

Travellers should self-isolate upon arrival. After receiving the first test result, travellers are free to go outside, go for a walk, travel around the islands etc.

But 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.

Where do I get the second test?

All travellers to the Faroe Islands should get a second test six days after arrival. 

Travellers can get tested free of charge at the hospital test centers located around the Faroe Islands. Opening hours may vary depending on the need for testing. For more information on testing locations and opening hours, click here.

Travellers can also get tested at private laboratory, Thetis. Each test costs DKK 390. For more information, visit www.coronatest.fo.  

Does testing at the 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 minimalizes the spread of infection. However special queues will be for people who don't have a car. You can expect longer waiting times, so be sure to bring warm clothes and maybe also a book. 

If you are feeling sick we urge to be wearing a mask. 

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 that 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 to travellers who may have a negative test result from their country of departure.

Children younger than 12 are exempt from testing. 

Is my country open or closed?

The Danish Government has announced that borders will be open to people from EU Member States, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom. A condition for entry will be that the infection rate in the country of residence is low – fewer than 20 of 100,000 people infected.

Countries are divided into two groups: banned countries and open countries. The list is based on the current number of infected people and is updated weekly by the SSI. Therefore, there might be changes in a country's status. If you are planning on travelling to the Faroe Islands, we urge to you stay updated on this matter. You can see the list of banned and open countries here.

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 14 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 a 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 14 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 14 days. The Chief Medical Officer will determine when you have recovered. When this has been officially confirmed, you can once again move around freely.

 

I have already had COVID-19, do I need to be tested?

All travellers must be tested. Only children younger than 12 are excempt 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. 

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.