EU external border management gets an upgrade

The Entry-Exit System will replace some of the manual work executed by border guards while reducing the risk of counterfeit stamps. Smart borders facilitate the increase of passengers while regulating the internal security.

Leading role for biometrics

Each time a passenger crosses an EU external border, the EES digital infrastructure will register data in order to assess risk. Biometric data plays a big role in the new common database. On entry, four fingerprints and facial recognition will be used. Either one of these is acceptable on exit.

Privacy is a major priority. Only authorized staff of the national authorities will have access to this data – in full respect of fundamental rights and data protection 

  • Name and type of travel document
  • Fingerprints and facial image
  • The place of entry and exit 

The battle against crime

By making external borders EES compliant, the EU Member States will be able to identify any irregularities in migration much faster. A register of cross-border movements improves the battle against illegal border crossing, human trafficking and organized criminal activities.


From passports stamps to self-service terminals

The rapid growth of Third Country Nationals visiting the Schengen Area, requires a human approach. Collecting wanderlust passport stamps might disappear, the needs of travelers evolve over time. Shorter lines at immigration help reduce stress and make the journey from A to B more pleasant.

The interaction at the border is crucial for a seamless and safe experience. Modernizing this process by automating checks and introducing self-service terminals will speed up the increasing number of passengers crossing the border and make access to the Schengen Area more welcoming.  

Key objectives for EU Member States

Refusal of entry

EES wil register refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Schengen States.

Maximum duration

Inform third-country nationals of the duration of their authorized stay.

Law enforcement

Support on the identification of suspects and victims.

Talk to our travel & border management specialists