Information for passengers

Demand for identity checks on certain passenger ships 

From 21 November a demand for identity checks of passengers on certain passenger ships operating in Sweden is introduced. The Swedish Transport Agency encourages everyone who is about to travel by passenger ship to be prepared to present a valid identity document when boarding. 

The Swedish government has decided to introduce a demand for control that passengers travelling by passenger ship are in possession of a valid identity document with a photograph. The demand is applicable to passenger ships that undertake voyages of more than 20 nautical miles (approximately 37 kilometres). The control shall be conducted if the shipping company and the master of the ship believe that there is reason to assume that information given by passengers may be false. The assessment of whether to conduct identity checks or not shall be made for every departure. Children under the age of 18 travelling in the company of a parent who can provide a valid identity document with a photograph are not affected by this decision.

The purpose of this demand is to maintain a good level of safety at sea around and on board passenger ships voyaging to and from Sweden.

The Swedish Transport Agency encourages everyone who is about to travel by ferry to bring a valid photo ID, which can be presented on demand.

This demand enters into force on 21 November 2015.