The EU plans a system which will no longer stamp passports of third-country nationals who enter Schengen

A new digitised Entry/Exit system is to be introduced in the Schengen Area which will no-longer require passports to be stamped in order to record the entry and exit of third-country nationals, meaning this information will be automatically recorded through a digital system.

The current system which stamps passports manually, is considered to be time-consuming, provides unreliable data on border crossings and does not allow an efficient detection of over-stayers.

The new system, expected to be fully launched towards the end of 2023, will be used to keep track of third-country national travellers who enter the EU, identifying people who over-stay.

It is expected that the new system will record specific data on travellers, which will include name, fingerprints, facial image, travel document type, date and place of entry, date and place of exit, and include their stay period in the Schengen Area.

Once the system becomes operational, travellers who can enter the Schengen Area visa-free will be required to obtain a travel authorisation online through the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

This is a completely electronic system which will be used to keep track of visitors who do not need a visa to enter the Schengen Area. ETIAS will charge €7 per person and will remain valid initially for up to three years.

Once introduced, this new system is anticipated to be incorporated in Spain and is expected to be utilised for residency renewals, detailing the exact stay time of its residents.

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