Brits Travelling to EU Could Face Long Border Queues From Next Year Due to Upcoming Biometric Checks

UK nationals traveling to Europe were recently warned that sometime next year they will start to experience long queues at the border due to biometric checks that the European Union intends to impose soon.

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) and Entry and Exit System (EES) are due to become effective in mid-2022. The first is a document that third-country nationals under the EU Visa Waiver System, including UK nationals, must obtain before Travel to the Schengen area.

The second, on the other hand, is an automated IT system to register travelers from third countries, both short-stay visa holders and visa-exempt travelers, every time they cross an external border of the European Union.

UK transport chiefs fear Britons will face longer wait times, in particular, when using ferry ports and the Channel Tunnel.

During a meeting of the UK House of Lords on Tuesday, 2 November, during which the Justice and Home Affairs Committee discussed the two new EU border management systems, ETIAS and EES, the head of the European Union’s exit from the Dover Harbor Council, Tim Reardon said that the queues will not only be longer, Passengers will also have to exit the vehicles to complete the controls.

“There is no way to do biometric control without getting everyone out of the car… This is the one thing on our site that cannot happen because you are in the middle of direct traffic… It would be like asking people to get out of their car at a highway toll booth,” Reardon said. During the discussion: “It’s basically unsafe, and it can’t happen.”

“There is no such thing as a car gate, there is no such thing as a gate process for people traveling as a group – they are all individual processes at once,” Reardon added. .

The meeting was attended by Director of Strategy and Secretary of Eurostar, Gareth Williams. According to him, the month of August, in particular, can become an alarming period, as the largest number of Britons travel to France.

“If we get to peak August, where we have the most first-time commuters — on peak trains, it will be up to 80 percent of the people who will have to go through the system,” Williams said, in an effort to point out the seriousness of the issue.

The EES system is scheduled to go live in the first half of 2022. However, TheSchengen.com recently reported that the system may be delayed further in the second half of the year, which means that the operation of ETIAS will also be delayed.

However, eu-LISA, the European Union’s agency for the operational management of large-scale information technology, has already started recruiting staff to work on the systems and has also opened the ETIAS registration procedure for air carriers, sea carriers and international carriers transporting groups by road by bus.

“Registration enables carriers to receive all the information necessary to prepare their systems and business processes in order to consult the EU-LISA managed IT systems, the latter of which is regulated in the EES and ETIAS legislation,” he announced at the opening of the registration procedure.

Once both systems come into operation, about 1.4 billion travelers, who are nationals of more than 60 countries in the world, who can travel visa-free to the 26 countries in the Schengen area in Europe, will have to apply for a travel permit before arriving on the territory of any of these countries .

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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