The Faroe Islands has re-opened to visitors from certain countries
The Faroe Islands has re-opened its borders to visitors frome some countries.
Below is a quick overview of preventative measures currently in place:
- All travellers are required to take a test upon arrival in the Faroe Islands
- Testing is free of charge up to and including 30 September. From 1 October, travellers will have to pay for the test. Each test costs approximately DKK 390-500.
- Travellers should take a follow-up test on the sixth day of their stay (call 1870 for more information about public testing service, or contact Thetis for private testing)
- All large events in upcoming months have been cancelled or postponed
- The use of protective face masks is recommened in crowded places
- Visitors are urged to take social distancing and hygiene guidelines seriously, particuarly in outerlying islands that have small populations
The Government is constantly monitoring developments and will revise these measures if and when necessary. It is therefore of the utmost importance that all travellers to the Faroe Islands stay updated about the situation.
Please read carefully below.
Travellers from countries in EU and Schengen area, as well as the UK
Effective 27 June, the Danish border, and hereby the Faroese border, opened to countries in the EU and Schengen area, as well as the UK. The re-opening was dependent on countries meeting certain objective criteria. Specifically, countries must have a low number of infected persons and meet a criterion still in development regarding their testing regimes. The borders will be open to citizens of countries that meet the criteria. This is still the case at the time of writing.
Countries are divided into two groups: quarantine countries and open countried. 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 quarantine and open countries here.
Countries other than EU Member States, Schengen countries and the United Kingdom are currently by definition banned countries. Travellers from these countries are not allowed to enter the country without a recognised reason. Tourism is not a recognised reason. Read more about the border control here. For questions regarding border control or the list of banned countries, please contact the police.
For FAQ regarding travel to and from the Faroe Islands, click here.
All travellers are required to take a test upon arrival in the Faroe Islands, and should take a follow-up test on the sixth day of their day (call 1870 for more information about public testing service, or contact Thetis for private testing). This procedure will be a requirement until at least 31 October 2020 (may be extended).
Testing is free of charge up to and including 30 September. From 1 October, travellers will have to pay for the test. Each test costs approximately DKK 390-500.
Children younger than 12 are not required to be tested.
Testing will take place at Vágar airport or the ferry terminal in Hirtshals. Long waiting times should be expected. Travellers should self-quarantine until they have received the result of the test. Usually, results are ready the same evening or midday the following day.
If you are travelling by ferry with Smyril Line from Denmark, tests will be taken at the port in Hirsthals in Denmark.
If you are travelling by ferry with Smyril Line from Iceland, tests will be taken at the port in Tórshavn.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to Covid-19 – whether these are common or uncommon – and/or have been in close contact with someone who has been infected by COVID19, please call 1870.
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.
For information about travel from your country, please seek information from the respective authority in your countries of residence.
We will continue to update this page as the situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) develops.
Updated: 02/09/2020 at 09:09