Do children need passports to travel in the Nordic countries?

Passports, dual citizenshipPassports.Photo: Norway Today Media

Incorrect information has cost Norwegians and their families a lot of time and money, the Police Directorate ( have said that you do not need a passport to travel in the Nordic region, and that children traveling with parents do not need a passport or identification as long as they can show proof of identity.


The government; Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( says that passports are the only form of identification for Norwegians and must always be brought when one travels.
Kragerø police station says that there is a requirement for passports and that Sweden and Denmark will not allow you entry without.

So which is correct? Do you need a passport to travel to Sweden?  Does your infant or child need a passport to travel to Denmark? These are the questions many who would like to travel have and so far been unsure, and to add to the confusion each department gives a different answer.

Stronger border controls
We are used to being able to travel freely to Sweden and Denmark, as well as not needing a passport to visit the 27 countries in the Schengen agreement area. Many countries in Europe have introduced stronger border controls where you once were able to travel without a passport.

There is uncertainty among Norwegian travelers on what exactly does the stronger border controls mean. Everyone wants to travel safely and since has created a larger number of people applying for passports that ever before, everyone wants to travel safely and it important to have the correct information. –  Kristin Sinnøve Drågen is a police attorney in the south-east police district and says that the authorities will not require passports for children when traveling in the Nordic countries, and all others must have a valid ID such as a bank/credit card with photo or driver’s license.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today /Victoria Garza