Working Group for Carriers

For more information regarding the Carrier Interface, Carrier registration process, as well as frequently asked questions regarding EES and ETIAS, please consult the dedicated Carriers page:
Carriers

Working Group for Carriers

The Working Group for Carriers (WG) is an informal coordination body between eu-LISA, the European Commission, Frontex and carrier associations (for carriers operating at air and sea borders, and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach). Its main scope is:

  • to facilitate the preparation of carriers for the implementation of their obligations stemming from the legal framework of the EES and ETIAS Regulations;
  • to ensure that carrier activities are aligned with the activities and planning of the EES and ETIAS Projects.

The WG's main tasks are to:

  • ​Provide awareness to carriers on their obligations  that stem from the applicable legal framework;
  • ​Coordinate carriers in their preparation and post EiO activities with the central systems;
  • ​Provide a platform for discussions on the Carrier implementing Regulation and about the related processes/guidelines for EES/ETIAS;
  • ​Provide a platform to discuss practical matters, difficulties and obstacles, share best practices.
  • ​Obtain visibility on the status of preparation including any relevant operational/technical considerations from carriers;


According to the EES and the ETIAS regulations, carriers will have to query EES and ETIAS and receive answers regarding the status of travellers. With the introduction of the EES, which replaces the manual stamping of passports with an electronic record of entries and exits, carriers will verify if a third-country national travelling to the EU with a short-stay, single or double entry visa has already used the number of entries authorised by their visa. Once ETIAS enters into operation, carriers will have to verify, prior to boarding, that their visa-exempt passengers have a valid travel authorisation.

The WG is composed of:

  • European Commission experts (DG HOME and other relevant DGs);
  • The EES-ETIAS Advisory Group Chairperson;
  • eu-LISA experts;
  • European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) experts;
  • Representatives from carrier associations operating at air, sea and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach;
  • Advisors from Member States.


Past Meetings

27 June 2024

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29 May 2024

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25 April 2024

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21 March 2024

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27 February 2024

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25 January 2024

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05 December 2023

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24 October 2023

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18 September 2023

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5 July 2023

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15 May 2023

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4 April 2023

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1 March 2023

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2 February 2023

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9 January 2023

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14 December 2022

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23 November 2022

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27 October 2022

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30 September 2022

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26 July 2022

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29 June 2022

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25 May 2022

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27 April 2022

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30 March 2022

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28 February 2022

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26 January 2022

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12 October 2021

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15 July 2021

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15 April 2021

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05 March 2020

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19 December 2019

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20 September 2019

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4 June 2019

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