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Everything you need to know about the EU’s Entry/Exit System (EES)

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 22 May 2024 | Created: 22 May 2024

Travel is a great source of joy, but it’s important to stay up to date before you head off on your holiday. Our recent survey revealed that 66% of AllClear customers are planning a European trip in 20241. But did you know there are some big changes coming within the EU later this year?

What is the EES?

The European Entry/Exit System (EES) could revolutionise the way we travel across the EU, aiming to enhance security and streamline border checks. But what exactly is it, and how will it impact your holiday plans?

At its core, the EES is a digital border management system that records the entry and exit data of non-EU nationals visiting Europe. It is designed to make crossings faster and easier, while ensuring a high level of security.

How will it affect you?

The EES will lead to a few changes in how we plan our trips.

Here’s what you need to know to make sure that your journey goes as smoothly as possible:

  • Registration requirements: Before you enter an EU country, you’ll need to provide certain biometric data.
  • Streamlined entry: The new system is designed to make border checks more efficient, reducing wait times and giving you longer to enjoy your holiday.
  • Increased security: With enhanced measures, you can explore with greater confidence.

What you need to know

Q: When is the EES due to come into effect?
A: While no specific dates are known yet, the EES is expected to be implemented later this year, possibly in October 2024.

Q: Will you need a visa under the new system?
A: The EES is not a visa but a system to track your entries and exits. Visa requirements will not be affected.

Q: What information is required for registration?
A: The system will register your name, type of the travel document, biometric data (fingerprints and captured facial images) and the date and place of entry and exit, in full respect of fundamental rights and data protection.

Q: Who can access your data?
A: Access to your EES data is strictly regulated and is available to border control and immigration authorities.

Remember, while some aspects of travel may change, the happiness it brings remains constant. With a little preparation and the right guidance, your European trips can be as fulfilling and enjoyable as ever.


1 Based on 4023 responses. AllClear Annual Survey, February 2024.