The Faroe Islands has updated its COVID-19 guidelines for travellers with specific instructions for visitors from so-called “open countries.”
Testing upon arrival is still required for anyone arriving in the region, with a second test to be done six days afterwards in order to avoid false negatives.
Children under 12 are exempt. The testing requirements will be mandatory until October 31.
The Faroe Islands is an autonomous region within the Kingdom of Denmark. Denmark has divided countries into “open countries” or “banned countries” when it comes to COVID-19. The list is updated regularly based on the country’s infection rate and if it has fewer than 20 COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people.
Second test still recommended for “open country’ residents
Residents of “banned countries” are not permitted in the Faroe Islands unless it’s for specific reasons such as a funeral, visiting minor children, or delivering essential goods and services to the region.
Guidelines for people from “open countries” include maintaining strict social and physical distancing guidelines until results of the first test are available within 24 hours, said a news release on Monday.
The Faroese government is also strongly recommending visitors from open countries take a second test on the sixth day, which is also free or charge.
As of August 4, the Faroe Islands had reported 227 confirmed COVID-19 infections with 192 recoveries.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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