EU Tightens Borders by Adopting Entry/Exit System

The EU Council adopted an Entry/Exit System regulation amending the Schengen border code published on December 9, 2017. The recent changes are made in an effort for the System to more closely track the length of stay for foreign nationals systematically, detect overstays, reduce delays of manual border checks, and strengthen border security. While the System is not expected to be implemented until 2020, its adoption is a reminder of increasing EU border controls and border authorities’ vigilance for overstayers.