New Schengen Borders Code

From April 2016, the new Schengen Borders Code comes into force, which is essentially a consolidation and codification effort.

The Borders Code was established through Regulation 562/2006 and is now being repealed and replaced with Regulation 2016/399. This regulation is intended to improve the legislation surrounding management of the integrated European Union border policy through establishing a series of rules regarding persons crossing EU external borders.

The codification concerns:

  • Technical issues (e.g. clarifying and providing ways to enforce the maximum stay of 90 days under visit rules), as well as

  • The more topical issue of the reintroduction of internal border controls.

The full Schengen Borders Code (Regulation 2016/399) can be found here, however for a summary of the main changes please click here.

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