Further to the announcement of regulation (EU) 2017/2226 on 30 November 2017, the European Union has introduced an Entry/Exit System (EES) to register entry and exit data and refusal of entry data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of the Schengen Area.  The regulation applies to Non-EU nationals, both visa required and visa exempt, travelling for short stays of 90 days within a 180 day period in the Schengen area.  

The EES will replace the current system of manual stamping of passports and will electronically register identity data, the date and place of entry and exit as well as entry refusals of third-country nationals.  

The purpose of the EES is to improve the quality of border checks through the automatic calculation of those who overstay the permitted duration.  This data will be available to law enforcement authorities and will assist them to identify terrorism and protect public interests.