Fixed machine ‘will cut wait time for Swedish passports’

The broken passport printing machine which has contributed to the long wait time for Swedish passports has been fixed, meaning the situation should start to improve in July.

Fixed machine 'will cut wait time for Swedish passports'
Swedish passports. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

According to Per Engström, the police officer appointed to deal with Sweden’s passport crisis, the wait to receive passports should start to shrink from July now that the machine, based in Finland, is back in operation.

“We now have a backlog with waiting times of up to 30 days, and we are not going to see any change when it comes to the times in June, but hopefully we will see an improvement in July,” she said. 

Engström recommends that those seeking to travel within Europe instead renew their national ID cards, which work as travel documents in the EU; EES and Schengen countries, as these take only about five days to make. 

READ ALSO: What’s behind the long wait to renew Swedish passports?

Those seeking new or replacement passports in Sweden have been facing enormous delays, with passport appointment times not available for some 22 weeks, according to a police press release from last month. 

According to the Swedish police, once a passport application has been completed, it now takes an average of 5-6 weeks for the passport to be delivered.  

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Sweden’s railway company SJ opens ticket bookings for autumn season

Planning a rail holiday through Sweden? It is now possible to book train journeys for the autumn season, after state-owned SJ released its tickets on Thursday.

Sweden's railway company SJ opens ticket bookings for autumn season

There are a few exceptions where SJ is still waiting to find out from the Transport Administration where planned railway maintenance work may affect their routes.

Tickets that are yet to be released will be indicated in the booking system as banarbete planeras (“rail maintenance being planned”) but won’t be possible to book just yet.

Otherwise, most domestic trains between September 4th and December 9th, including both daytime and sleeper trains, are now open for booking via SJ’s website or app.

At the time of writing, it is only possible to book tickets with the SJ Euronight train to Hamburg and Berlin until September 30th. Stockholm-Hamburg tickets from October 1st onwards will however be released “shortly”, according to SJ.

Travellers complained earlier this year after SJ’s ticket release for Christmas and Easter travel was significantly delayed due to a lack of information on maintenance work.