Border control when entering Sweden

Last updated 3/26/2021
The Swedish police carry out border control when you travel from Denmark to Sweden. This means that you must show valid identification when entering Sweden. Read about the implications this has for commuters between Sweden and Denmark and the type of identification that is accepted.

The Swedish government has introduced strict border control upon entry into Sweden. This means that even people who commute daily between Sweden and Denmark must be able to produce valid identification.


What type of identification is valid?

If you are a citizen of a Nordic country

  • 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 we recommend that you bring a passport or national ID-card if possible. Please note that it is the traveler who is responsible to provide evidence of citizenship.

If you are a citizen of another country in EU/EEA
  • A valid passport
  • A national ID-card

If you hold a residence permit or a Schengen VISA:

  • A valid passport and documentation that evidence your status
If you are a citizen of another country
  • A valid passport. The passport can not be older than 10 years and should be valid for at least 3 months after your scheduled departure. VISAs could also be required. Please check the current terms for travelling from different countries to Sweden on Regeringskansliet and Migrationsverket.

A valid ID card always contains:

  • a photo of the holder
  • the holder’s full name
  • identification number or date of birth
  • serial number
  • the signature of the holder
  • information about the period of validity of the ID card
  • information about the authority that issued the ID card


What type of identification is not valid?

ID cards issued by tax authorities or banks do not count as national ID cards, as they don't state the holder’s nationality. They only show in which country the card was issued and therefore do not count as valid identification. 

What counts as valid identification also depends on your citizenship.

Read more about what is considered valid identification on 


What are the rules if I travel by train from Denmark to Sweden?

If you travel by train, the border control takes place at Hyllie Station. Passengers who get off the train in Hyllie are checked on the platform, while passengers who continue to Malmoe are checked on board the train while it is stationary at Hyllie Station. 


What are the rules if I cross the Øresund bridge by car or bus?

If you travel by car across the Øresund bridge, the border control takes place at the toll station at Lernacken in Sweden. The same applies to people who travel by Greyhound bus, Netbus or bus line 999.

The Swedish police could demand to search your car at the border crossing.


What are the rules if I take the ferry?

For travelers catching the ferry between Elsinore and Helsingborg, the Swedish police perform border control at the harbour in Sweden.


Do my kids also have to show ID?

Children’s IDs are also checked during border control.

A minor who is a citizen of a Nordic country and travels with his/her guardian does not need to have an ID document, if you as the guardian have valid travel documents and can prove that you are the child’s guardian. Remember that this exception only applies to citizens of the Nordic countries and does not apply if your child travels with grandparents. For more information about how you prove that you are the guardian, please contact the Swedish police on + 46 77 114 14 00.

Border control when traveling to Denmark from Sweden

The Danish government have introduced temporary border control from Sweden to Denmark from the 12th of November 2019. The border controls will be introduced provisionally for six months.

The border controls 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 vill be controls on all border crossings several times a week.

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