EES and ETIAS: Changes for passengers entering the Schengen Area postponed for 1 year

EES and ETIAS programs, two important changes expected to come into effect in 2022 for passengers entering the Schengen Area, have been postponed for one year. The advanced passport scanning system and the visa fee of 7 euros for tourists were expected to come into effect in 2022.

Citizens of non-EU countries were required to fill out a 7 euro application form to enter the Schengen Area from 2022.

The decision to delay the entry into force of the EES (Entry – Exit System) and ETIAS programs was taken at a time of chaos at European airports with staff shortages, strikes and the busy holiday season.

These two changes regarding travel to the EU and the Schengen Area were scheduled to take effect in 2020, but were delayed to 2022 due to the pandemic.

Now the EES system is expected to come into effect in May 2023 and the ETIAS in November 2023.

The EES system that will come into force refers to ‘advanced passport scanning’ at EU borders. In other words, not only the identity information of the passports, but also the entry and exit dates will be under the microscope.

Thus, the implementation of the ’90-day rule’, which limits the time non-EU citizens can spend in the block without obtaining a visa, will be more tightly controlled with this system.

This application does not affect people who are not EU citizens but have a residence permit in any EU country.

The European Travel Information and Authorization System, abbreviated ETIAS, defines the purpose of the new application as “to increase security and help prevent health threats to the bloc” in the EU.

The ETIAS system will apply to non-EU countries, for example tourists, family visitors and other short-term workers.

This system requires visitors to pre-register for a visa and pay a fee of 7 euros. The visa will be valid for three years and can be used for multiple trips.

Both systems cover people who do not have any EU nationality, for example the UK, USA, Australia and Canada, and will only be applied at the EU external borders. Such an application will not be applied for travel within Schengen.

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