The Entry-Exit System: the next step in smart and strong borders

Air, sea and land crossing is a complex process. A new era of external border management is coming: protecting the security of citizens facilitated by the use of biometrics, stored in centralized databases.

EES for a centralized architecture

Millions of people per year cross the external borders of the Schengen Area. Naturally, scalable border management and internal security have become a high priority for the European Union. Captured biometrics such as a facial image and fingerprints are currently stored in local databases of each EU Member State, resulting in a fragmented system. To manage the complicated challenge of bringing the different electronic systems together, the European Parliament voted in two legislations: EES and ETIAS.

A central digital record

The Entry-Exit system or EES will enhance the centralization of a digital record of all visitors traveling in and out of the Schengen Zone. 

Authorization and tracking

ETIAS, the European Travel Information Authorization System, is an electronic system that will authorize and track travelers who are not required to apply for a visa to enter the Schengen Area.

Traveling family using self-service kiosk

The EU borders in 2022

EES will be fully operational mid-2022 and will apply to all Third Country Nationals who travel for long- or short-term stays. Passengers who fall under the visa-exempt or visa regime program are also subject to the system.  

Centralized database

Europe will manage one of the largest biometric systems in the world. Eu-LISA, the European agency of large-scale IT systems, is responsible for the development of the centralized database.

Privacy as fundament

The travel information and biometric data will be highly secured and only accessible to border personnel, visa granting authorities and police.

Member States

The individual Member States will be responsible for the organization, management, operation of EES and their national border infrastructure.

A passenger-centric approach

Saving time is key. At Laxtonwe have the knowledge and experience in-house to help ease the strain at borders by integrating reliable biometric solutions. User experience is highly important in border crossing, and security is not just the main objective; it’s a requirement.