Delay to Launch of ETIAS and Entry/Exit System

UPDATE | October 20, 2023: On October 19, 2023, the European Council stated that the Entry/Exit System is expected to operational by Q4 2024, while the start date for ETIAS has been moved to Q2 2025.

According to media reports, the launch of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is to be postponed until May 2025, with a possibility of further delays. 

The reports state that the delay is due to the Entry/Exit System (EES) – a system of interconnected e-gates at Schengen external borders and considered a prerequisite for the commencement of ETIAS - not yet being ready. There has been no official statement from the EU authorities.

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