Swedes to enjoy more open borders

Easier travel to EU’s non-Schengen countries

Swedes may soon be able to leave their passports at home when they travel beyond the EU’s Schengen area to countries such as the UK, The Local reports. From this summer, travel there could be possible only with a national identity card.

The Swedish government has proposed an amendment to the country’s border control legislation for Swedish travel within the whole of the EU. Europe’s non-Schengen countries are the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania – countries that currently require Swedish citizens to travel with their passports.

“We are now making it possible to travel throughout Europe with ID cards,” Anders Ygeman, Sweden’s interior minister, said.

“This has been a question for the EU for a long time, and EU countries have been obliged to apply the rule for some time, but Sweden just hasn’t acted before,” the minister’s press officer Fredrik Persson told The Local.

The amendment has been sent to the Council on Legislation. The government expects it will be approved and come into effect on July 1.

The Local

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