More and more countries have implemented the new European Entry/Exit System (EES), revolutionizing the way travelers cross borders within the Schengen Area.
The exact date of implementation of the new EES has not yet been precisely confirmed. Initially slated for 2022, it was later postponed to 2023, and most recently indicated for implementation in 2024. However, specific information regarding the month when the measure will take effect is currently unavailable.
What is the European Entry/Exit System (EES)?
The EES is the new process for travelers from third countries crossing the external borders of the European Union. Instead of traditional methods, this system equips border entries with self-service kiosks that digitize and verify necessary traveler data at air, sea, and land borders.
Who does the EES affect?
All non-European Union citizens and those traveling with or without a visa in the Schengen Area. It does not apply to non-EU citizens with a valid residence permit in the EU.
How does the EES work?
The technology replaces manual control at borders by quickly validating the match between the traveler and documents through a biometric system. The process includes facial scanning, passport scanning, and the collection of biometric data; physical passport stamps will be replaced by digital stamps.
When will the EES be definitively implemented?
Several countries have already incorporated kiosks at their border crossings, and Spain is expected to complete its deployment during 2024. Although the exact date of widespread implementation is yet to be defined, most countries are expected to be ready by 2024.
Impact on immigration and alien procedures
The EES will significantly impact immigration, as digital stamps will replace physical ones, stored in online databases. This implies that foreigners must strictly comply with the 90-day rule, and previous entry denials will be recorded, affecting future border crossing attempts.
In conclusion, the EES will transform the experience of crossing borders in the European Union, with significant impacts on immigration and entry procedures.