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Entry-exit system: final adoption by the Council

Bruxelles, 21/11/2017 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 171122_13
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On 20 November 2017, the Council adopted the regulation for an entry-exit system and the regulation amending the Schengen border code in relation to the entry-exit system.

This system will register entry, exit and refusal of entry information of third country nationals crossing the external borders of the Schengen area.

The entry-exit system will help:

  • reduce border check delays and improve the quality of border checks by automatically calculating the authorised stay of each traveller
  • ensure systematic and reliable identification of overstayers
  • strengthen internal security and the fight against terrorism by allowing law enforcement authorities access to travel history records



The proposal on the Entry/Exit System (EES) was announced both in the European Agenda on Migration and the European Agenda on Security. On 6 April 2016, the Commission adopted a legislative package which included a Regulation for the establishment of an Entry/Exit System and an essentially consequential amendment to the Schengen Borders Code to integrate the technical changes needed.

The Entry/Exit System will modernise external border management by improving the quality and efficiency of controls as well as the detection of document and identity fraud. The system will apply to all non-EU nationals who are admitted for a short stay into the Schengen area (maximum 90 days in any 180-day period). The system will register the name, type of travel document and biometrics and the date and place of entry and exit. This will facilitate the border crossing of good faith travellers, detect overstayers (individuals remaining in the Schengen area after the end of their authorised stay) and support the identification of undocumented persons in the Schengen area. The Entry/Exit System will also record refusals of entry. It will replace the current system of manual stamping of passports.

Next steps

The Council and the European Parliament now need to sign the adopted regulation. The signed text will be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later. eu-LISA, together with the member states, is expected to start building the new system, which should  be operational by 2020.


More information

Regulation establishing an Entry/Exit System (EES)

Regulation amending the Schengen Borders Code as regards the Entry/Exit System (EES)

Factsheet: EU Information Systems

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