Sweden to impose obligatory ID checks on ferries from next week

Sweden's government is to bring bring in obligatory ID checks for passengers arriving in Sweden by ferry, as it seeks to get a better control over refugees from Ukraine.

Sweden to impose obligatory ID checks on ferries from next week
Migration Agency staff and volunteers from Refugees Welcome Sweden await the arrival of Ukrainian refugees by ferry from Świnoujście in Poland at the ferry terminal in Ystad, southern Sweden. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The new requirement will come into force on March 28th and will expire on September 1st. 

Sweden’s infrastructure minister, Tomas Eneroth, said that the requirement would “allow ferry companies to pass information to the Migration Agency and other other [agencies] on who is coming to Sweden so that we can ensure a good reception”. 

“There are indications that this would mean one could, among other things, stop trafficking,” he said. 

Ferry companies already need to collect passenger information for journeys over 20 nautical miles (37 kilometres), but ID checks are only required if there are suspicions that a passenger might have given false information. Now, this requirement is being changed, so that all passengers’ ID must be checked.

The reason ferry companies have to collect passenger information is to make sure the crew and rescue services know how many passengers are on board if there is an accident. 

Sweden’s government argues that this is even more necessary when so many people are taking ferries to flee war in Ukraine.

The country last week announced plans to bring back ID checks on buses, trains and ferries from April 8th, sending a new law for consultation that would be valid for three years. 

The plans have triggered widespread criticism from politicians in Skåne, who complain that new checks will make it harder for commuters between Sweden and the Danish capital, Copenhagen, and will deter cross-border integration. 

Member comments

  1. Does the return of ID-checking on ferries also apply to the one between Helsingör and Helsingborg? It’s hardly a route for refugees — Ukrainian or otherwise, — but mostly for commuters and shoppers.

    Or is that exempt because it’s less than “20 nautical miles”. I don’t believe the article was clear on that.

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Sweden sees continued train delays following weekend storms

Train travel is still disrupted in some parts of Sweden following the storms which passed over the country during the weekend.

Sweden sees continued train delays following weekend storms
In Töreboda, Western Götland, repair work is still ongoing after a roof blown away in the storms pulled down an overhead line, leading to delays of between 15 to 20 minutes on the Gothenburg to Stockholm line, as well as delaying local train lines in the area.
One of the three tracks on the route has been open since Sunday night.
“But one stretch of track is running on reduced speeds of 70 kilometres an hour to protect those working nearby,” said Emanuel Alvarez, press information officer at the Swedish Transport Administration.
All tracks are expected to be back in use early on Wednesday morning.