Archive: Anna Johansson, Minister for Infrastructure
Archive: Anders Ygeman, Minister for Home Affairs
Government tightens border controls
The Government has decided to tighten and strengthen border controls and to phase out ID checks across the Öresund strait.
We need good order at Sweden’s borders to maintain security. The decisions on border controls and ID checks will expire in the next few days. There are many reasons why it is important that we have good control of our border crossing points.
The Government will strengthen and extend the Swedish Police’s border controls. We will also tighten controls using vehicle X-ray inspections and camera surveillance. This will also make it possible to phase out the temporary ID checks, which will make everyday life easier for people who commute on a daily basis between Sweden and Denmark. The ID checks will be discontinued on the Öresund ferries but will remain in place on all other ferries, in line with the current maritime security legislation. The Government is of course fully prepared to quickly reinstate ID checks if necessary. We are in close dialogue with our agencies to monitor this.
The Government did what was necessary to get Sweden out of the situation that prevailed in autumn 2015, and we will take responsibility to ensure we do not end up there again