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As we transition into the second half of 2024, non-EU residents planning to travel to Europe should be aware of two significant regulatory changes: the Entry/Exit System (EES) and the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), Wego reports.

The Entry/Exit System (EES)

The EES, an advanced IT platform, is set to roll out soon. It is designed to register non-EU travelers on short stays, replacing traditional passport stamping and enhancing efficiency at border crossings.

The EES applies to:

  • individuals who possess a short-stay visa
  • individuals who do not require a visa and can stay for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period

The EES seamlessly collects and electronically registers travel document data and personal information, including entry and exit dates. This streamlined process aims to expedite border crossings and enhance overall travel experiences.

Furthermore, the system promptly identifies and records violations, such as overstaying the permitted period or instances of entry refusal by authorities, thereby ensuring better enforcement of immigration regulations.

For a comprehensive list of exemptions and other details, please refer to our dedicated EES article.

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)

Following closely behind is the ETIAS. Starting from the first half of 2025, individuals from visa-exempt countries must obtain an ETIAS travel authorization to enter European countries for short stays.

The ETIAS travel authorization is valid for up to three years or until passport expiration and is mandatory for visa-exempt nationals. However, it does not guarantee entry, as travelers must undergo scrutiny by border officials upon arrival.

For more information on ETIAS requirements and application procedures, please visit our dedicated ETIAS article.

As European nations maintain their focus on security and efficiency in border management, the adoption of systems such as EES and ETIAS reflects a collective endeavor to adapt to evolving global travel dynamics while safeguarding national interests and public safety, encompassing recent adjustments in Schengen visa fees.

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