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This article was originally published on December 29, 2021, and was updated on August 12, 2022, to reflect new information.

August 12, 2022 Update: The European Commission announced that the launch of the border Entry/Exit System, known as EES, will be delayed until May 2023. Previously, the system was expected to be introduced in late 2022. According to the announcement, the entire system may also not be completed at this time. Instead, the Commission expected it to be rolled out in individual phases. Authorities shared that delaying the introduction of the system should ensure a smoother rollout.

Original Post From December 29, 2021:

Key Points

  • Introduction of the Entry/Exit System in late 202


In 2022, the European Commission will launch the Entry/Exit System (EES). The EES is an automated system that will register certain information about a third-country foreign national each time an external European Union (EU) or Schengen Area border is crossed. This will apply to both short-term stay visa holders and visa-exempt travelers. Some of the information registered into the system will include the traveler’s name, the type of travel document, biometric data, and the date of entry and exit from the EU or refusal of entry information.

What are the Changes?

The European Union will introduce the EES in late 2022. This system is expected to modernize the immigration process, track travelers’ days in the territory, and improve security measures for the external EU and Schengen Area borders. For additional information, click here.

Looking Ahead

This new system is expected to be implemented in late 2022. Continue to check the European Commission’s website for additional updates and information.

Source: The European Commission

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