Friday, August 20, 2021 - 18:13 by torshavn
An unprecedented long waiting time is finally over, as the first cruise ship since March 2020 is set to arrive in Torshavn this weekend.
On Sunday the 22nd of August, the German cruise ship “Seaventure” carrying approximately 50 passengers is set to arrive in Torshavn.
With new protocols in place, the Faroese health authorities have accepted the new guidelines for cruise line passenger arrival in the Faroe Islands. The guidelines stipulates that only passengers vaccinated against Covid-19 are allowed to enter, and each one of them needs a negative Covid test, not older than 24 hours. Currently, the passengers are allowed to explore Torshavn on their own, but traditional excursions are naturally available.
“It looks as though the vaccine programs around our part of the world is having the desired result, and we are very pleased to open up for the resumption of cruise ships” says Jónsvein Lamhauge, harbour master in Torshavn. “Even though it is early days”, mr. Lamhauge ads “and cruise ship bookings have plummeted, we are optimistic for the future, and are confident that more cruise ships will berth in Torshavn also this autumn - despite only one more confirmed booking - this year - is yet in place”
Despite the Faroe Islands being hit relatively mildly by the pandemic, the authorities have been quite cautious in opening the society for foreign travellers. However, with the current progress of vaccinations programs and low infections rate, hope is that the industry will recover, benefiting the many stakeholders.