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Please be advised that the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Travel Advice is now available at Ireland.ie/travel. Travel Advice on this webpage is no longer being updated. To ensure you receive the latest Travel Advice for Faroe Islands, please see Ireland.ie.

Faroe Islands

If you’re travelling to the Faroe Islands, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact



Security status

Normal precautions

General Travel Advice

The Faroe Islands are not in the EU or party to the Schengen Agreement.

Irish citizens need a valid passport to enter the Faroe Islands. We recommend your passport be valid for three months past your intended departure date.

Irish citizens are permitted to travel to the Faroe Islands without a visa.

Visitors to the Faroe Islands are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.

Practical information on visiting the Faroe Islands is available here: Visit Faroe Islands.

Citizens can also follow the Embassy of Ireland in Denmark on social media (Twitter @IrishEmbDenmark and Facebook) to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.

Emergency Assistance

The Faroe Islands are a small group of 18 islands, located in the North Atlantic Ocean. The weather can change very suddenly, and driving, hiking and sailing conditions can quickly become hazardous with sudden fog or wind.

Citizens travelling in the Faroe Islands, should make themselves aware of the risks and follow the advice of local authorities at all times.

In case of an emergency, please see contacts for the relevant authorities:

  • Emergency number: 112
  • Police: +298 351448
  • Medical assistance: 1870
  • Dental emergency: +298 314544
  • Information: 118

As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Faroe Islands, and given the distances involved, the assistance we can provide in an emergency situation is limited. However, if there is an emergency, or if citizens need help or advice, please contact our Embassy in Copenhagen on +45 3547 3200 or our Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Get comprehensive travel and health insurance that covers all planned activities, especially any adventure activities.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political situation in the Faroe Islands is stable, and in general there are no significant security concerns, and the crime rate is low.

Visitors are advised to stay informed of what’s going on by monitoring local media and staying in contact with their hotel or tour operator.

Irish citizens are advised to use reputable tour operators when travelling in the Faroe Islands. Do not use unlicensed operators, as this will put you at serious risk if anything goes wrong. The capacity for search and rescue is limited and visitors may be billed for the cost of any rescue.

Further details about how to travel safely in the Faroe Islands can be viewed here: Safe Travel, Visit Faroe Islands.

Local Laws and Customs

Local Laws and Customs

Remember, the local laws apply to visitors and it is advised to follow them.

Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as certain behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.

The annual “Grindadráp” whaling season in the Faroe Islands generally takes place in the summer months between June and September. This event has attracted protesters and there will be an increased security presence during this period. Anyone engaging in potentially dangerous acts, including to life and/or property, could be arrested.



Visitors who become ill while travelling in the Faroe Islands, can be treated in the local health system. However, in the event of serious illness or injury, visitors may be evacuated to Denmark or Iceland for treatment.

Visitors should ensure to travel with sufficient supplies of any required medications as it may not be possible to purchase these locally. Visitors should be aware that, due to changing weather conditions, flights can sometimes be cancelled and it may be necessary to remain in the Faroe Islands longer than planned.

As the Faroe Islands are not part of the EU, the European Health Insurance Card does not provide coverage there.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Travel Insurance

The Department cannot pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. Citizens are advised to purchase an appropriate travel insurance policy, where these costs will be covered, provided the terms and conditions have not been broken.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save visitors a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that they get required medical attention when needed. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of Euro, and a medical evacuation can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Irish citizens are advised that to make sure their policy covers all the activities planned for their trip. Insurance Ireland recommend a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: Visitors should be aware that most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.


The currency in the Faroe Islands is the Danish krone. Cash is used for payment less frequently than in Ireland, although ATMs are easy to find. Credit and debit cards are commonly used for payments, although foreign cards can attract a surcharge. 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Please note that if you require assistance in the case of emergency while the Embassy is closed, citizens can contact the main Embassy number, +45 35 47 32 00, and leave a message on the Duty Officer mailbox.

This mailbox is monitored regularly.

Embassy of Ireland
Østbanegade 21
2100 Copenhagen

Tel: +45 3547 3200

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