New border system rule that non-EU travellers need to know about

Travellers arriving at the EU’s borders next year will be met with a slick new system.

In a move to tighten security across the continent, electronic passport scanners are being installed to check the status of non-EU nationals, including Brits, Americans and Australians.

The new Entry-Exit System (EES), which has been in the works since 2016, will replace the current system of border guards stamping passports.

The system will feel familiar to travellers used to using biometric scanners at airports. But where the current ones only check that the photo matches your face, the EES tech will also calculate how long you’re allowed to stay in the EU – among other details.

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