Despite the fact that the authorities in the European Union want the new entry and exit system known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) to be operational by the end of next year, this process may be delayed further.
According to an October 20 internal EU document, drafted by the EU’s police agency, Europol, “Promises of greater security appear to be running into problems amid a large number of delays,” as reported by the EU Observer.
ETIAS will help the authorities in EU countries to know who is planning to travel to their territory, before they reach the borders. The document will become mandatory for third-country nationals who plan to enter areas of the Schengen area under the visa-waiver system, TheSchengen.com reports.
Recently, SchnegenVisaInfo.com reported that nearly 1.4 billion travelers from more than 60 countries under the EU visa-free regime would be required to apply for ETIAS before planning to enter any of the Schengen territories. Additionally, according to the announcement, travelers from the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand as well as Serbia will be required to follow these entry rules.
Authorities in the European Union previously stressed that the ETIAS scheme will be fully effective by the end of 2022, adding that the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has already contracted 41 new staff to work in the ETIAS central unit.
According to the announcement made at the time, the new members include a total of 28 ETIAS application processors, as well as two team leaders, 11 passengers and a carrier support operator.
In addition, the agency stressed that it expects the number of staff working in the ETIAS central unit to rise to 200 by the time such a scheme will be fully implemented.
It has also been reported that the European Union Entry and Exit System (EES) may be delayed further although it was scheduled to be implemented in May 2022. This delay may occur due to the serious organizational and technical problems that the system is currently facing; Therefore, it may be implemented after the summer of 2022.
This announcement was made by the non-profit organization Statewatch after taking into account the letter in its possession.
However, it was reported last month that all shipping and air carriers, as well as international carriers and transport groups, are now eligible to register with the Entry and Exit System (EES) as well as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). ), through the eu-Lisa website.