The leadership of the European Union predicts that the time for border control at external borders The EU will increase due to the procedures that every traveler will have to go through in order for their data to be saved in the EES.
“It is expected that the control time for passengers will increase significantly with the introduction of EES,” — note the German authorities, adding that at some airports in the country it will be necessary to increase the capacity for border checks, in particular, on peak dates. Austrian officials also think so. According to them, the waiting time at the borders will be twice as long as it is now.
“Additional tasks arising from the EES regulation will lead to a sharp increase in processing time. We expect it to double from the current situation. This will also affect queues at border crossings at Austria's six international airports, — they say.
In addition, once the EES comes into force, border control itself will become more difficult, as border officials will have to distinguish between travelers who do not hold visas and those who are subject to visa checks. According to the calculations of the Polish authorities, the time for passing the border control by one passenger will increase by 30 seconds to two minutes, if additional steps are not required, such as verification of identity.
Meanwhile, the Slovenian authorities claim that the new process, which includes border control, registration and verification will take four times longer than the current procedures.
“Due to the fact that the capacity of the existing infrastructure cannot be physically changed and, on top of that, it is not funded by the EU , the waiting time will inevitably increase», — they claim.
Most Member States, however, have confirmed that they are already working on automating border controls. Italy, for example, is planning to install about 600 self-service counters at airports across the country.
EES entry/exit system — this is a new scheme created by the EU and will serve to record entry and exit data of third-country nationals crossing the external borders of EU member states.