Extended border controls when entering Sweden

D. 3/11/2019
Please be advised that when traveling from Denmark to Sweden, the Swedish authorities requires you to have a valid photo-ID. You can read more about what this might mean to commuters between Sweden and Denmark here.
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Border control at Hyllie train station in Sweden. Photo: Johan Wessman

The Swedish government has extended border controls between Denmark and Sweden. This means that you are required to show a valid photo ID and other applicable travel documents when entering Sweden.

 

What is required at the Swedish border controls

If you are a citizen of a Nordic country, you are required to present:

  • A passport, a driving license or a national ID-card

A valid driving license issued in a Nordic country is usually sufficient for Nordic citizens, but it is safest to present a passport or a national ID-card. Please note that it is the traveler who is responsible for providing evidence of citizenship.

 

If you do not have a passport or a driving license but is a Danish citizen, please follow the directions on how to apply for an ID-card on borger.dk

Information about legitimationskort on borger.dk

ID-cards issued by tax agencies, banks or DSB are not valid IDs at the border.

If you are a citizen from another country in EU/EEA

You are required to present one of the following:

  • Valid passport
  • National ID

For people with a residence permit or a Schengen visa, you are required to present:

  • A valid passport and a document that shows that you hav a residence permit or a Schengen visa.

 

 

If you are a citizen from another country

You are required to present:

  • A valid passport. The passport can not be older than 10 years and should be valid for a least 3 months after your return to your home country. Visas could also be required. Please check the current terms for travelling from different countries to Sweden on Regeringskansliet and Migrationsverket.

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You can get more information on what documentation is required for the border control on Polisen.se

Polisen.se for more information about border controls in Sweden

If I travel by train to Sweden?

When you travel to Sweden by train, the border check will take place at Hyllie Station, where you are required to present a valid ID and potentially other relevant valid travel documents to the Swedish police.

If you are traveling with children, this is also applicable – please read more about this further down on his page.

If I travel by car to Sweden?

If you are driving a card over the Øresund bridge, the border check will take place at the payment facility at Lernacken in Sweden, where you are required to present a valid ID and potentially other relevant valid travel documents. The Swedish police could demand to search your car.

If I travel with bus or ferry?

If you are travelling on the ferry between Helsingør and Helsingborg, the border check takes place in the Helsingborg harbor in Sweden, where the Swedish police can check travelers that are entering the country. You are required to present a valid ID and potentially other valid travel documents.

The same applies if you are traveling by bus, for example Gråhundbuss, Netbus or bus line 999 over the Øresund bridge. On arrival to Sweden, the Swedish police will conduct checks on travelers entering Sweden. You are required to present a valid ID and potentially other valid travel documents.

Should my child show ID?

If you are traveling with your child, the child is not required to show ID as long as the child is traveling with you as its parent and that you have valid travel documents that confirms that you are the child's guardian. This is applicable for Nordic citizens and if you child is not traveling with its grandparents. If you child has a passport, we advise that this is brought along. You can contact the Swedish police on this number 0046 – 77 – 114 14 00.

Anyone under 18 years of age that are traveling alone is required to show a passport or a valid ID-card and potentially other valid travel documents.

Facts about the ID-checks and the border control

ID-control in Denmark while traveling to Sweden

The ID-check was introduced by the Swedish government on the 4th January 2016 to try to control the refugee situation. This meant that the transportation providers had to check the passenger's ID when traveling by train, bus or ferry from Denmark to Sweden. The ID-check was abolished from the 4th May 2017.

Border control in Sweden when traveling from Denmark

The border controls between Denmark and Sweden was extended on the 4th May 2017. The border control was introduced on the 12th November 2015 and is conducted in part by the Swedish police who are checking passports upon entering into Sweden – by the payment facility at Lernacken, by the Øresund bridge, the train station in Hyllie and the Helsingborg harbor.

Border control when traveling to Denmark from Sweden

The Danish government are introducing temporary border checks from Sweden to Denmark from the 12th of November 2019 which will be provisionally introduced for six months.

The border checks will be conducted by the ferry in Rønne, Helsingør, Frederikshavn og Grenaa as well as by the Øresund bridge and by the train from Sweden to Denmark. There will be controls on all the border crossing one for several times a week.

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