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December 1, 2022

Sweden to Extend the Passenger Ship Identity Check Requirement Until

The requirement of checking identity when travelling by passenger ship will not expire before June 2023, the Swedish Government site has revealed. 

According to a press release, the obligation to register information about passengers on board must be fulfilled after checking a valid identity document. The measure was introduced earlier in the spring of 2022 and although plans to lift it were under discussion, the requirement will remain effective for another seven months, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports. 

“The tightening meant removing the restriction that this would only apply if, for the passenger ship’s journey, there was reason to assume that information provided without proof of identity could be incorrect,” the press release reads. 

Initially, the measure was supposed to be effective until the end of the year, with the decision being announced in August but in the meanwhile, a further restriction for trips in Sweden is being introduced in an effort to keep public security intact. 

Recently, Sweden announced it would continue to conduct border checks on travellers entering the country from the rest of the Schengen area, indicating an extension of internal borders for at least until May 1. 

The measure, which was set to expire in November, was announced by the Swedish Ministry of Justice, and in a press release, the authority noted that there was a serious threat to the country’s internal security due to the Russian invasion. 

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has, in addition to the human suffering that the war has brought with it, also created an extremely serious security situation in Europe. Since the Russian mobilisation order, a large number of Russian citizens have left the country and applied to the EU. The risk of arms smuggling and human trafficking carried out by criminal networks exploiting the war is heightened,” the Ministry pointed out in this regard. 

The neighbouring country of Sweden, Denmark, recently announced it would also prolong its internal border measures with Germany, making this year the eighth in a row, although it was set to expire on November 12. Similarly, other countries have been applying similar measures in recent years. 

At the end of September, the Czech Republic revealed that it would introduce internal border controls with Slovakia, too, in an effort to prevent illegal migrants from using this route to transit to Germany. These borders were further extended to the internal borders with Slovakia until the end of October. Internal borders were also introduced to Slovakia by Austrian authorities. 

Internal borders aim at offering better protection to these countries as well as preventing illegal migration, which has affected the EU severely in recent months. 

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