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Key Points

  • The European Commission upgraded the Schengen Information System on March 6, 2023
  • The Schengen Information System is intended to serve as the foundation for several entry-tracking systems for the European Union


The European Commission (EC) introduced the upgraded version of its Schengen Information system (SIS) on March 6, 2023. The new features of SIS will include new categories of alerts and biometric data, such as palm prints, fingermarks, and DNA records for missing persons. SIS will serve as the foundation for the EU’s Entry-Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), which are expected to launch in early 2024.

What are the Changes?

The European Commission introduced additional security features as part of the SIS. According to the announcement, SIS is Europe’s most extensive security and border management information-sharing system. Through the scheme, officials of EU countries will be able to better access information on travelers throughout the region.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the European Commission’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Dmitri Pikman, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: The European Commission

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