New EU border rules– level 2

03-06-2024 07:00

Travel businesses in Europe are preparing for a new EU Entry/Exit System (EES) starting in the autumn.

This system will need non-EU nationals, like UK citizens, to give their fingerprints and a photo before entering the EU. This could cause delays at UK border points like Dover, the Eurostar station in London, and the Eurotunnel in Folkestone. Passport checks now take about 45 seconds to 1.5 minutes, but the new system will take a few more minutes per person.

Dover is spending 10 million pounds to make things smoother. Eurotunnel is spending 70 million pounds on new lanes and equipment. Eurostar is adding 49 new kiosks at its London terminal. Businesses worry about long waits, but the EU may allow fewer checks for the first six months.

Difficult words: national (a person who lives in a particular country), citizen (a person who officially lives in a particular town, city, or country), kiosk (a small building where you can buy things or get information through a window).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What measures are being taken by Dover, Eurotunnel, and Eurostar to accommodate the new EU Entry/Exit System and how might this system affect travel times for non-EU nationals?


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