The EU is requiring all carriers that fly passengers into the region to register for two new entry programs that are set to take effect in September of this year and then May 2023, NBAA is advising members. Noting that the term “carrier” applies to any person whose profession is to provide transport of persons, NBAA said the new programs will apply to U.S. Part 135 and 125, along with professionally flown Part 91, operations. Owner-pilots are exempt.
Beginning in September, an Entry/Exit System (EES) will be used to electronically capture the entry and exit of visitors who require single or double-entry visas in Europe. “Essentially, the EES will verify passengers haven’t already used the number of entries authorized by their visa,” NBAA said. Operators must query the ESS to verify details of travel into the 26 countries comprising the Schengen area.
In May 2023, operators must also verify travel details in the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). Carriers must ensure, before boarding, that their visa-exempt passengers have a valid travel authorization to enter the Schengen area. Non-EU nationals who do not need a visa will still need to receive travel authorization through the ETIAS system.
The EES and ETIAS are designed to identify potential risks and security concerns, NBAA said. Michael Ouellette, senior director of global operations at World Fuel Services, told NBAA both programs are “still fluid situations” but advised that carriers follow procedures to register for access to the systems.
“Operators who travel regularly to Europe should register for these programs as soon as possible,” added Brian Koester, director of flight operations and regulations for NBAA, warning that a lag time in processing registrations is possible.