EU Delays Entry/Exit System To 2024

EU Delays Entry/Exit System To 2024

The EU's Entry & Exit System (EES) is reported to have been pushed again and this time until after the Paris Olympics in 2024.

The EES aims to tighten up security at EU external borders and replace the passport stamping system for travellers who do not need a visa to enter the EU has already been delayed several times.

The checks will apply to travellers at all EU external borders, for instance, an individual arriving in Spain from the United Kingdom, but not to internal travel between EU or Schengen area countries.

It is currently due to come into effect in November 2023, however, The Independent has reported that it has been delayed again until 2024.

The Independent reported: “The newspaper has learnt that the electronic border scheme will not now go ahead this year because the database on which it depends will not be ready in time.

“A formal announcement is expected in June.”

How the EES Delay Will Impact Travel

The delay in implementing the new system is a reprieve for the transport and airline industry as it gives them more time to prepare to minimise the impact of the new system on border flow and traffic.

There were fears that the new system could cause delays in the short term especially as Paris expects a large number of people to attend the Olympics and Paralympics in the summer of 2024.

Transportation providers are especially concerned about the UK-France border, where lengthy queues have been experienced during peak travel periods since Brexit, with cross-Channel ferry and Eurostar operators issuing warnings.

The Electronic Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is likely to follow about six months later as it depends on EES to be fully functional.

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