After many delays, the European biometric data requirement will start on October 6th, 2024. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) plans to register travelers' names, traveling documents, and biometric dates (facial images and fingerprints).
thestreet ~ "For those whose passports do not require them to obtain a tourist visa, the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is meant to serve as a quick online application that screens the traveler for security for a nominal fee of seven euros every three years. The U.S. has had its own Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for visitors from the EU and other visa-exempt countries in place since 2008.
As first reported by the news outlet Eurotunnel, the rollout for this part of ETIAS has finally been set for October 6, 2024. Plans to roll it out in 2023 were delayed by France's request to push it back to after the 2024 Summer Olympics taking place in Paris due to the country not being ready to start a new system during such a large inflow of visitors to the country.
For now, travelers passing through EU airports from Oct. 6 onwards will need to have their fingerprints and facial data registered to track how long they have been in the EU — even if, according to some skeptics, another pushback may not be entirely implausible given how much technology needs to be installed at airports across Europe in the nine months before the announced date and how much such a big change will slow down airports that are already dealing with overcrowding amid the rush of post-pandemic travelers." ~ thestreet