Border control when entering Sweden

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 don't have a passport, you can use a national ID card. The national ID card shows your nationality.


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.


What are the rules if I take the ferry?

For travelers catching the ferry between Elsinore and Helsingborg, the Swedish police perform border control in connection with the entry into 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 114 14.


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