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eu-LISA

eu-LISA is implementing two new programs - European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) and the Entry/Exit System (EES)

eu-LISA's mission is "continuously supporting Member States effort through technology for a safer Europe." 1

As such, eu-LISA is implementing two new programs - European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) and the Entry/Exit System (EES).

ETIAS

The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) is a "…pre-travel authorization system for visa-exempt travelers." 2

Starting in 2023, travelers from 60 visa-exempt countries will be required to have a travel authorization to enter European countries for a short stay. The purpose of ETIAS is to verify if "…a third-country national meets entry requirement before traveling to the Schengen area." 2

EES

The second program is the Entry/Exit System (EES), which electronically collects traveler's information, including the time and place of entry and exit of the Schengen area. It will replace the entry and exit border authority stamping of the passport. The purpose of the EES system is "…improving the management of the external borders, and in particular, to verify compliance with the provisions on the authorized period of stay…" 3 in the Schengen area.

Air Carrier Definition

“According to EU regulations 2021/12174 and 2021/12245, carriers will have the legal obligation to query EES and ETIAS to receive answers regarding the status of travelers.” 6

Per Article 2.14 Schengen Borders Code 7, “A ‘Carrier’ is any natural or legal person whose profession it is to provide transport of persons.” 8

However, only the following categories of carriers fall into the scope of the EES and ETIAS Regulations:

  • Air carriers
  • Sea carriers
  • International carriers transporting groups overland by coach

Below are the following categories of carriers whom EES and ETIAS do not bind:

  • Carriers transporting travelers only within the European countries applying EES and requiring ETIAS
  • Carriers transporting travelers only outside European countries applying EES and requiring ETIAS
  • and that do not intend to transport travelers into a European country applying EES and requiring ETIAS within the next six (6) months
  • Carriers transporting travelers by trains
  • River carriers transporting travelers

 

ETIAS Visa Waiver program

The purpose of eu-LISA's ETIAS Visa Waiver program, according to the ETIAS website, is to prescreen visitors who are exempt from a visa requirement to Schengen area countries and identify potential risks and security concerns. 9 The ETIAS website states that all current visa-exempt visitors for Europe will be required to complete the visa waiver application prior to travel, and, once approved, the visitor's waiver is valid for up to three years, allowing multiple visits lasting no longer than 90 days within a 180 day period. 10

Air Carrier Obligations8:

  • Air carriers, sea carriers, and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach shall use the carrier interface to verify whether travelers subjects to the travel authorization requirement are in possession of a valid travel authorization (Article 45(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/124011.
     
  • According to Article 3 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/12174, the verification query shall be introduced at the earliest 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure. Carriers shall ensure that only duly authorized staff have access to the carrier interface. The carriers shall put in place at least physical and logical access control mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access to the infrastructure, or the systems used by the carriers, authentication, logging to ensure access traceability, and regular review of the access rights.
     
  • The carrier obligations stipulated in Article 26 of Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement 12 (CISA) remain unchanged. Querying the carrier interface is an additional obligation.

 

Date of Implementation

The Council of the EU has decided ETIAS will enter operations in May 2023. 8
 

Travelers who fall within the scope of ETIAS 8:

  • ETIAS travel authorization is required for travelers who meet all the following criteria:
    • they are not EU nationals;
    • they are citizens of a country whose nationals are not required to have a visa to travel to any of the European countries requiring ETIAS;
    • they do not have a residence permit/card/document issued by any of the European countries requiring ETIAS.

EES Program

According to the eu-LISA website, the purpose of eu-LISA's Entry / Exit Program (EES) is to electronically capture the entry and exit of visitors who require single or double-entry visas for the prevention of irregular immigration and the management of migration flows. This program will allow the agency to identify any person who no longer fulfills the requirements of an authorized stay as well as reinforce security and fight against terrorism and serious crimes 13.

Air carrier Obligations 8:

  • Air carriers, sea carriers and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach shall use the web service to verify whether travelers holding a short-stay visa issued for one or two entries, have already used the number of entries authorized by their visa (Article 13 (3) of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226) 14.
     
  • The verification query shall be introduced, at the earliest, 48 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure. Carriers shall ensure that only duly authorized staff have access to the carrier interface. The carriers shall put in place at least physical and logical access control mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access to the infrastructure, or the systems used by the carriers, authentication, logging to ensure access traceability, regular review of the access rights (Article 3 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1224) 15.

Date of Implementation

  • The Council of the EU has decided EES will enter operations at the end of September 2022 8.

Travelers who fall within the scope of EES 8:

  • Traveler admitted for a short stay, no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, to the territory of MS applying EES. A detailed description can be found in article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2017/222614.

Next Steps for Aircraft Operators

NEXT STEPS FOR AIRCRAFT OPERATORS

This new program is still a fluid situation, and all parties involved are still trying to understand the complete requirements. 

Therefore, Aircraft operators should take the following steps:

  • Register for eu-LISAs Working Group for Carriers:

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References

  1. Eu-LISA Website: www.eulisa.europa.eu
  2. www.eulisa.europa.eu/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/Etias
  3. https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/EES
  4. EU regulation 2021/1217: (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32021R1217&from=EN)
  5. EU regulation 2021/1224: (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32021R1224&from=EN)
  6. www.eulisa.europa.eu/Organisation/GoverningBodies/Pages/Working-Group-for-Carriers.aspx
  7. Article 2.14 Schengen Borders Code: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A02016R0399-20190611#:~:text=15.%C2%A0%E2%80%98carrier%E2%80%99%20means%20any%20natural%20or%20legal%20person%20whose%20profession%20it%20is%20to%20provide%20transport%20of%20persons%3B
  8. Frequently Asked Questions: (https://www.eulisa.europa.eu/Organisation/GoverningBodies/Pages/Working-Group-for-Carriers.aspx)
  9. www.etiasvisa.com
  10. www.etiasvisa.com/etias-news/when-does-my-etias-expire
  11. Article 45(1) of Regulation (EU) 2018/1240: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32018R1240
  12. Article 26 of Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A42000A0922%2802%29
  13. www.eulisa.europa.eu/Activities/Large-Scale-It-Systems/EES
  14. Article 13 (3) of Regulation (EU) 2017/2226: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A02017R2226-20210803#:~:text=In%20order%20to%20fulfil,Regulation%20(EU)%202016/399.
  15. Article 3 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1224: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32021R1224#d1e469-46-1