Cars in the Faroe Islands

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Here you can obtain an overview of what you need to be aware of when taking your car into or out of the Faroe Islands.

Taking your car to the Faroe Islands

If you are going to be in the Faroe Islands for less than a year, you are not required to register your car.   In that case, you should get your employer in the Faroe Islands to state to Akstovan, the Faroese road vehicle inspection authority, how long you will be in the Faroe Islands.   You will still have to pay road tax and insurance in the country from which you come, and you must keep your foreign licence plates while you are in the Faroe Islands.

 If you are going to be in the Faroe Islands for a period longer than one year, and you are bringing your car with you, you must report it to Akstovan no later than 14 days after arrival.  Within the same 14-day period, the car must be inspected and approved at Akstovan.

Once the car has been registered you will have to pay registration tax, CO2 tax, road tax, prepayment for scrapping and a licence plate fee, and you must take out car insurance.

Road tax must be paid twice a year, on 2 January and 1 July. If you fail to pay on time, Akstovan  may charge additional amounts. The tax is determined on the basis of use, weight and engine power.

For more information on rules, procedures, pricing, etc., see the website of the road vehicle inspection authority: Akstovan.

If you have any other questions, it is recommended that you send an email to: akstovan@akstovan.fo

Taking your car out of the Faroe Islands

If you own a registered vehicle, the road vehicle inspection authority Akstovan must be notified if you are temporarily away for a period of more than five months. This must be done within 14 days after the move or departure.

In special cases, Akstovan may allow the vehicle to remain under Faroese registration, provided that the rules of the country of arrival allow it, and provided that:

  • The statutory liability insurance is in order  
  • Road taxes have been paid as required  
  • Residence changes have been notified to Akstovan 
  • The car has undergone the statutory inspections

It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the rules on car registration before the transfer or move takes place.

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