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Faroe Islands open for travellers

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GjógvThe Faroe Islands is open for travellers. Hou will be tested upon arrival and everyone are advised to self-isolat for 6 day after arrival. This guiedeline applies until 1 April 2021.

Since the Covid-19 crisis started, the Faroe Islands has taken all necessary measures. As a result there has been zero deaths direcly linked to the virus.

After a three month lockdown, the Faroe Islands opened up again on June 15th 2020. The Prime Minister Bárður á Steig Nielsen announced the reopening at a press conference in the capital Tórshavn on May 29th and in a press release on June 18th. The archipelago has been open ever since.

Corona test and self-isolation

Everyone travelling to the Faroe Islands will be tested for COVID-19 upon areival at the airport. This requirement also applies to Faroese citizens and residents who have been travelling abroad.

Travel from Europe to Faroe Islands

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

In late June 2020 the Faroe Islands opened up for travellers from a wide range of countries in Europe. Since then the islands have been opened up for other countries alike.

You are welcome to visit Faroe Islands as long as you are not from a banned country. Once you arrive at the airport, you will take a covid-19 test. You will find further information about travel to the Faroe Islands during the Covid-19 pandemic on the government's official coronavirus website.

You are advised to immediately home quarantine until you have received the covid-19 test result. The test is always made upon arrival. When the test result is ready, you can go out exploring the uncrowded nature. The test result will be ready within hours and you will get the result by email and text message.

From rest of the world to the Faroe Islands

Sod cottagesTurf-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 as Danes are welcoming guests from the same countries as the Faroe Islands. There are daily flights from Kastrup airport in Denmark to Vagar airport in the Faroe Islands.

There are two airline companies flying to the Faroe Islands. Scandinavian Airlines has suspended its flights until late March 2021. Atlantic Airways have daily flights from Copenhagen to Vagar airport. Vagar airport is the only airport in the Faroe Islands.

Despite an initial spike in imported cases in March, August, and December, few new cases have been reported. The Faroe Islands have avoided Covid-19 related casualties.

Testing upon arrival

All people travelling to the Faroe Islands from Europe and beyond must be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival. You will be tested at the airport and you will have the result within hours. 

Travl before and after Covid-19

Hotel BrandanHotel 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 has doubled this summer 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 is expected to be so too, and as such maybe just the perfect time for travellers to experience this quiet and untouched destination with wide-open spaces.

Vaccine schedule in the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands received the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine on December 29 and the first person was vaccinated on December 30. The Faroe Islands is expecting to inoculate the entire population of 53,000 people before the end of June 2021.