The Port of Dover is taking steps to address potential delays when the EU Entry Exit Scheme (EES), a biometric border control system, is implemented. Port of Dover CEO Doug Bannister has expressed concerns about possible long queues resulting from the new system and is looking to reclaim land to create additional space for passenger processing.
The EES, originally scheduled for May 2023, is now expected to commence in autumn 2024. Under this scheme, individuals entering the EU will need to register their fingerprints and a photograph alongside their passport, potentially causing bottlenecks.
To counter this, the Port of Dover is considering accelerating existing plans to reclaim land in the western docks, originally intended for cargo use, and repurpose it to accommodate passengers when EES begins.