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New Entry/Exit System (EES) for travellers in Europe Back to News

Monday 17th June | Posted by On Foot Staff

A new digital system for recording entry and exit by non-EU citizens comes into force on 6 October 2024. This will replace the manual addition of passport stamps.

The Entry/Exit System (EES) will apply to anyone entering an EU or Schengen country who is not an EU or Schengen citizen/permanent resident, or who does not have a valid visa. The On Foot Holidays routes to which this currently applies are in Czechia (aka Czech Republic), France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

On the first entry to these countries from 6 October 2024 onwards, biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) will be collected at border control, plus registration of ‘travel document data’ and the time and place of entry. It is not possible to register in advance of travelling. It is also likely that more information will be required than currently when booking airline tickets into the relevant countries.

This is expected to cause delays at ports and airports from 6 October 2024 onwards. If travelling from the UK by train from London St Pancras or Folkestone, or by ferry from Dover, registration will happen at the border control in the UK before boarding.

Please see https://travel-europe.europa.eu/ees_en for details, check carefully whether EES will apply to you, and allow extra time for passing through border controls from 6 October 2024.

A separate visa waiver system called ETIAS (similar to the USA’s ESTA system) will follow in 2025, on a date yet to be announced. This will be valid for three years, and a small fee will apply. It will need to be secured in advance of travelling.

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