EU Border Control To Launch Entry-Exit System (EES)

EU Border Control To Launch Entry-Exit System (EES)

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0:00 EU Border Control To launch Entry-Exit System (EES)

1:25 EU Border Control To launch Entry-Exit System (EES)

There is a change coming up for travel in and out of the European Union that third-country nationals such as Americans, British and Canadians need to be aware of.

A new EU system requiring fingerprints and facial imaging is set to be introduced next year.

This would mean a slight change to travel in and out of the EU and Schengen zone for many.

The automated ‘European Entry/Exit System’ or EES require biometric data to be collected for all non-EU arrivals

2:35 How EES Works

This system is for the EU’s external borders, so it doesn’t apply if you are travelling between Spain to France, but would apply if you enter any EU or Schengen zone country from a non-EU country such as travelling from the UK to France or flying into France from
the US.

Instead of border guards checking passports and stamping where applicable, there will be an electronic screening of some passports at the border.

The new system will verify the details of non-EU citizens entering and exiting the Schengen area, including name and passport details, entry and exit dates, a photograph and fingerprints, and will replace the need for a passport stamp.

3:53 Travellers Affected By The New EU System

All non-EU nationals or residents who are entering the EU as a visitor will need to go through the system.

Passports will be scanned and the system will tell you how long you can stay based on the 90-allowance or the visa linked to the passport.

Non-EU nationals who live in an EU member state and have a national residency card such as a carte de séjour in France or a TIE in Spain are not affected by this, since they have the right to unlimited stays within their country of residence.

4:47 What Will Change

Apart from a more upgraded process at the border, there are likely to be two main effects of the new system.

For non-EU nationals who have residency in an EU, country this could mean the end of the rather inconsistent process of
passport stamping, which has been a particular issue for British nationals since Brexit with incorrect stamps in their passports.

For visitors to the EU, this tightens up the application of the 90-day rule.

It doesn’t change the rule itself but means that anyone attempting to over-stay or ‘play’ the system will instantly be spotted.

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