Entry/Exit System

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The Entry/Exit System (EES) is a large-scale IT system of the European Union for the automatic monitoring of the border crossing of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens). Envisioned to replace passport stamps, the system will be installed at the external border crossing points of the Schengen Area, e.g. airports and seaports. As of July 2022, EES was scheduled to enter into operation at the end of May 2023, however, this was later delayed to the end of 2023. After a further delay, EES is scheduled to enter operation in the second half of 2024.


The task of the EES is to collect data of the border crossing of third-country nationals at the external border of the EU and to abolish passport stamps. Collected data will include the name and date of birth of the traveller, as well as locations and dates of entry and exit into/from the Schengen Area. Besides these alphanumeric data points, it is planned to store biometric data such as facial photographs and fingerprints.


EES will be operated by the EU's IT agency eu-LISA. The system launch was originally scheduled for 2020. As of July 2022, the planned date for the entry into operation of EES was the end of May 2023,[1] however, this was later delayed to the second half of 2024.[2][3]

European Union Regulations[edit]

  • Regulation (EU) 2017/2226 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Member States and determining the conditions for access to the EES for law enforcement purposes, and amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulations (EC) No 767/2008 and (EU) No 1077/2011 (OJ L 327, 9 December 2017, p. 20)
  • Regulation (EU) 2017/2225 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2017 amending Regulation (EU) 2016/399 as regards the use of the Entry/Exit System (OJ L 327, 9 December 2017, p. 1)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Entry/Exit System (EES)". Migration and Home Affairs | European Commission. Retrieved 24 July 2022. The EES is expected to be operational end of May 2023.
  2. ^ Symons, Angela. "New EU border checks delayed until the end of 2023. Why are airlines supportive?". Euronews. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  3. ^ R, Bleona (2023-10-30). "All You Need to Know About EES & ETIAS Following New Confirmed Timeline". SchengenVisaInfo.com. Retrieved 2023-10-30.

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