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[Updated] EU: Entry-Exit System

This article was originally published on 28 December 2021 and was updated on 12 August 2022 and 30 January 2023 to reflect new information.   

30 January 2023 Update: The European Commission announced that the launch of the border Entry/Exit System, known as EES, will be delayed until November 2023. Previously, the system was expected to be introduced in late 2022. According to the announcement, the full system may also not be completed at this time. Rather, 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

Key Points  

  • Introduction of the Entry-Exit System in late 2022 


In 2022, the European Commission will launch the Entry/Exit System (EES). The EES is an automated system that will register certain information pertaining to 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 a traveler's 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 and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.