Working Group for Carriers

Carrier Registration

Air carriers, sea carriers and international carriers transporting groups overland by coach can now register with eu-LISA using the forms published on this page. This will allow them to gain access to specific information in order to query the large-scale IT systems managed by our Agency when transporting passengers to the Schengen Area.

 

Explanatory Presentations and Materials

› Frequently Asked Questions New
› Information material for Carriers
› ​Crew Exceptions
› ​Carrier Working Group Meetings Calendar
› ​Implementation Process
​› Implementation Timeline
​› Interface Overview


According to EU regulations 2021/1217 and 2021/1224, carriers will have the legal obligation to query EES and ETIAS to receive answers regarding the status of travellers.

  • 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 EU 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.

If you represent a carrier subject to the mentioned regulations, on this page you will find:

  1. step-by-step instructions,
  2. requirements,
  3. registration options (currently “System2System” is the available and preferred option),
  4. specific forms that can be downloaded in order to facilitate registration and future interactions.

Forms should be filled in electronically and sent by e-mail to carriers_onboarding@eulisa.europa.eu. After that, our team will contact you to provide additional guidance.

Further information can be found in the Introductory Letter and the Overview Infographic:


Downloadable Forms:




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;
  • Provide a platform for discussions on the Carrier implementing Regulation and about the related processes/guidelines for EES/ETIAS;
  • Obtain visibility on the status of preparation including any relevant operational/technical considerations from carriers;
  • Regularly provide updates on the planning and state of play of projects;
  • Coordinate carriers in their preparation and post EiO activities with the central systems;
  • Provide a platform to discuss practical matters, difficulties and obstacles, share best practices.

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.

 

Meetings

27 April 2022

Agenda

Conclusions

30 March 2022

Agenda

Conclusions

28 February 2022

Agenda

Conclusions

26 January 2022

Agenda

Conclusions

12 October 2021

Agenda

Conclusions

15 July 2021

Agenda

Conclusions

15 April 2021

Agenda

Conclusions

05 March 2020

Agenda

Conclusions

19 December 2019

Agenda

Conclusions

20 September 2019

Agenda

Conclusions

4 June 2019

Agenda

Conclusions