Nordic ferry and rail tighten security, boarding

Anyone without ID can be turned away due to new rules
In another sign of the erosion of Schengen border rules between the Nordic countries, Stena Line ferries from Grenaa in Denmark to Varberg in Sweden have refused boarding to more than 30 passengers since ID checks were introduced in November.
The checks were introduced after Sweden’s announcement that it would check passenger IDs on all forms of transport into the country, following its decision to restrict refugee arrivals. From January 4, the Swedish order is being implemented across the board.
“We have prepared in partnership with [security firm] Securitas, who we agreed a deal with at the time of the announcement regarding ID control,” Thomas Christiansen, marketing director with Stena Line, told DR. “It is simply down to people forgetting their ID, which they go home to pick and then come back for the following departure. So there have been no problems so far.”
A fence has also gone up at Copenhagen’s Kastrup rail station in time for the introduction of ID checks between Denmark and Sweden. All train passengers crossing into Sweden are now being checked in an effort to limit the number of refugees heading north. The fence ensures no one sneaks across the tracks to avoid security checks.
DR / The Local


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