EES Implementation Strategies
Although nuances of the final implementation still need to be finalized, airport operators and responsible agencies need to start planning for this new system and the related operational and technical challenges. This is of particular importance as previous studies by ARC pointed out that a ‘do-nothing’ strategy can easily push waiting times and queue lengths at immigration to inacceptable levels.
The Entry Exit System’s requirements can be fulfilled in different ways, including the use of kiosks for highly repetitive tasks as data collection, the use of e-gates, when leaving the country again or adding the additional tasks to the immigration officer at the regular counter. Due to potentially high investments, it is essential to design this process in such a way that costs are minimized while still meeting operational requirements.