eu-LISA invites all air, sea and land carriers to join the Agency’s online bi-weekly Q&A sessions aimed at addressing questions linked to the implementation of EES and ETIAS. Awareness sessions are open to all carriers and service providers and will be regularly held until the beginning of July 2022. No prior registration is needed to attend.
Carriers that transport people to the Schengen Area need, as soon as possible, to register with eu-LISA in order to be prepared to query the EES and ETIAS systems to verify the pre-authorisation of travellers. Registration enables carriers to receive all the information necessary for the preparation of their respective systems and the business processes required to consult the EU IT systems. Details about the registration requirements, as well as different options and step-by-step instructions, are published on the Carrier Registration webpage.
Upcoming Awareness Sessions
|06 April||15:00 – 16:00 CET|
|20 April||15:00 – 16:00 CET|
|04 May||15:00 – 16:00 CET|
|18 May||15:00 – 16:00 CET|
|01 June||15:00 – 16:00 CET|
|15 June||15:00 – 16:00 CET|
|06 July||15:00 – 16:00 CET|
Access to the awareness sessions is available on each of the days and times listed above through the following link: Microsoft Teams
From autumn 2022, all carriers will need to electronically verify whether a third country national travelling to the Schengen Area, carrying a single or a double entry visa, has already used the number of entries authorised by their visa. Carriers will no longer be able to manually verify visas after the entry into operation of EES.
Furthermore, from May 2023, carriers will have to verify the status of passenger travel documents required to enter the Schengen Area, including the necessity to hold a valid ETIAS travel authorisation, prior to boarding.
EES, the Entry/Exit System, replaces the manual stamping of passports with an electronic record of entries and exits, and carriers will verify if a third-country national travelling to the Schengen Area with a short-stay, single or double entry visa has already used the number of entries authorised by their visa. For ETIAS, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, carriers will have to verify, prior to boarding, that their visa-exempt passengers have a valid travel authorisation.
eu-LISA, the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale Information Systems in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, is developing the EES and ETIAS systems and will manage them from a technical stand point too. The Agency is also responsible for the creation of a public website and a mobile app for the ETIAS applications, on which applicants will also be able to check the status of their application.