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Covid-19 guidelines for travellers to the Faroe Islands

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The Faroese authorities have lifted all travel restrictions to the Faroe Islands for travelers arriving from the EU and Schengen areas and beyond. You can find the Faroese Government’s most up-to-date guidelines regarding traveling and Covid-19 here.

Below, you will find up-to-date travel information about COVID-19 in Faroe Islands and how it will affect your travel plans when you visit the Faroe Islands.

Read about the latest COVID-19 cases in the Faroe Islands, the current border policy, how to travel around the Faroe Islands safely, the local progress in vaccination, and the super friendly cancellation policies at Guide to Faroe Islands during COVID.

Is it safe to travel to Faroe Islands?

Travellers visiting the Faroe Islands in summer can enjoy cute puffins. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

Throughout the whole COVID-19 pandemic, the Faroe Islands has taken all necessary measures and has followed a very strict testing and tracing protocol. As a result the Faroe Islands is open for all travellers from all around the world.

What makes Faroe Islands safe during COVID-19?

The Faroe Islands has a very small population. There are only 53,000 people living in the untouched archipelago. With one of the world’s least populous countries, the villages are spacious and the nature alike.

It is also easy to track the virus with a small population. Besides that the Faroe Islands holds the world record in testing capacity and has the highest testing rate worldwide. As of September 2021 more than 419,000 tests have been carried out for a population of only 53,000. 

Vaccinated travellers

Since April 2021 all vaccinated and previously infected people travelling to the Faroe Islands from EU/Schengen countries and beyond have been able to enjoy the archipelago without needing to quarantine. There is no self-isolation after arrival for fully vaccinated travellers and people that have been infected already.

The only thing to know is that your second shot of vaccination should be carried out at least eight days prior to landing in the Faroe Islands. If this is the case, you can start exploring the unbelievable nature from the minute you arrive.

Non-vaccinated travellers

Those who are not vaccinated do not need to self-isolate after arrival eighter. As a non-vaccinated traveller from a EU/Schengen country you can dine at restaurants and explore the nature once you arrive in the Faroe Islands.

You are recommended not to join large crowds the first two days after arrival. No worries as you will find it difficult to stumble into masses on the sparsely populated islands.

Low infection rate

After a three month lockdown during the first COVID wave, the Faroe Islands opened up again in June 2020. The Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen announced the reopening at a press conference in the capital Tórshavn. The archipelago has been open ever since.

The infection rate has been very low. Since January 2021 and onwards, there has been between few and no active cases. In late May 2021 active cases rose again and in July 2021 as well. Since then the Faroe Islands have been more or less free form covid. There has been zero deaths directly linked to the virus in the Faroe Islands.

Corona test

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The Drangarnir sea-arch near the only airport in the Faroe Islands.

There is no COVID-19 testing upon arrival at the airport. Testing upon arrival was abandoned on August 31th 2021.

You are recommended to take a test two days prior to arrival. This is not a requirement, though. You are also recommended to take a test two days after arrival. This test is not required either.

What is the vaccination status in the Faroe Islands?

69,9% of the population has received a dose of COVID-19 as of September 15th 2021. Everyone in the Faroe Islands are vaccinated with Pfizer. The local health authorities say that the majority of the Faroe Islanders are vaccinated in autumn 2021 and by then the archipelago has got its herd immunity. 

The first person in the Faroe Islands was vaccinated on December 30th 2020. The Faroe Islands is expecting to inoculate the entire population of 53,000 people before the end of October 2021.

Travel to the Faroe Islands during COVID-19

Villages like Gjógv on Eysturoy island offer wide open spaces. Only 23 people live in Gjógv.

Everyone from EU/Schengen countries and beyond are welcome to visit the Faroe Islands. The most convenient thing for you is to be vaccinated prior to arriving in the Faroe Islands. If you are not vaccinated, you are advised to stay away from larger crowds for the first two days after arrival.

Beside that you can go out exploring the uncrowded nature. You will find further information about post COVID travel to the Faroe Islands on the government’s official coronavirus website.

Recommendations for all travellers during COVID-19

By following the steps below, you will avoid bringing the virus to the Faroe Islands. Reducing the spread of infection is a high priority in the Faroe Islands and you will prevent the spread of the virus by following these guidelines.

  • You are advised to take a COVID-19 test two days before you reach the Faroe Islands.
  • Everyone entering the Faroe Islands are advised to take a test two days after arrival.
  • There are three test centres for the test on second day after arrival. The test centres are situated in Tórshavn on Streymoy island, in Klaksvík on Borðoy island, and in Tvøroyri on Suðuroy island. You will find the test center opening hours here.
  • The test on day two after arrival is free of charge.
  • Those not vaccinated are advised to be very careful until day two after arrival when you receive a (hopefully) negative test.
  • Non-vaccinated travellers should stay away from crowds while in the Faroe Islands
  • Remember social distancing and all those recommendations that you have heard so much about
  • There is no face mask requirement. 

How to get to the Faroe Islands during COVID-19

Turf-roofed cottages on Streymoy island in the Faroe Islands. Photo by Victoria Ostapova also know as @vialma on Instagram.

Your best bet when heading to the Faroe Islands is to stop over in Denmark. There are several flights a week from Kastrup airport in Denmark to Vagar airport in the Faroe Islands.

Alternatively, you can get to the Faroe Islands from Keflavík airport in Iceland. Flights from Iceland to the Faroe Islands are on schedule on Fridays and Mondays.

There are two airline companies flying to the Faroe Islands. You can take Scandinavian Airlines from Copenhagen to Vagar airport and Atlantic Airways operates a daily direct route to the Faroe Islands from Copenhagen. There are less frequent flights from other airports in Europe too.

What if COVID-19 affects my travel booking?

Guide to Faroe Islands is proud to let you know that all refund requests for COVID-19 related cancellations to date have been honored. We honor our cancellation policy fully.

Travl before and after COVID-19

Hotel Brandan opened in July 2020 as the Faroe Islands is becoming a hot travel destination in the cold north. Photo by Ólavur Frederiksen.

A tourism boom had been expected in the Faroe Islands in 2020. Parts of the new James Bond movie have been shot on the islands and new flight routes to London and New York were expected to open in the year.

The hotel capacity doubled in summer 2020 with two new hotels, including a Hilton hotel in the capital on Streymoy island. Expectations were high that 2020 would be a record breaking year for tourism in the Faroe Islands.

Instead 2020 became a quiet year and 2021 has been quiet too. Now is the perfect time for travellers to experience this tranquil and untouched destination with wide-open spaces.

We at Guide to Faroe Islands are super excited to welcome you to the Faroe Islands. Plan your vacation escape by reading the best articles about the Faroe Islands.

We have made the most amazing packages, day tours, and experiences ready for you to book. You will get those special nature moments worth travelling for. So make up for the missed moments in the past year by exploring the Faroe Islands now. Take the next step and learn how to take a flight to the Faroe Islands and brows the widest selection of Day Tours in the Faroe Islands.

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