The EU Entry/Exit System and EU Travel Authorisation

11 Jan 2024, 17 mins ago

Explore the transformative EU Entry/Exit and Travel Authorisation systems, revolutionising border control for non-EU nationals.

In a rapidly changing world, the European Union is adapting its travel protocols to enhance security and streamline border control processes. Set to launch on 6 October 2024, the EU’s Entry and Exit Scheme (EES) marks a significant shift in how non-EU nationals, including British travellers, will experience border crossings.

The EES, an automated IT system, will replace traditional passport stamping, ushering in a new era of efficiency at European borders. Applicable in all EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and EU member states, apart from Cyprus and Ireland, this system aims to simplify the identification of travellers, combat illegal entries and detect false identities. For British travellers, the process will involve submitting fingerprints and facial biometrics.

Additionally, an online permit through the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) will become mandatory about six months after the EES implementation. ETIAS, operational from mid-2025, is a travel authorisation system applicable to non-EU citizens visiting most EU countries. This will not apply to travel between the UK and Ireland due to their Common Travel Area.

ETIAS applications will be made online or via a mobile app, with a quick issuance process in most cases. The authorisation lasts three years and costs €7 for those aged 18 to 70.  Under-18s, over-70s, and certain resident permit holders are exempt.

As the EU modernises its travel infrastructure, adapting to these changes will be essential for seamless journeys in the years ahead. Stay informed, stay compliant, and explore the evolving landscape of EU travel.

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