Schengen Information System SIS

2020 | 01 | 16 309

The electronic information base of the Schengen zone includes citizens who, to one degree or another, violated the visa regime and the norms of internal legislative requirements of the states that are members of the European Union.

Schengen Information System is a voluminous, relevant, reliable database of information data. Its goal is to exchange information between the countries of the European Union and is aimed at ensuring maximum protection for the Schengen states by strengthening and increasing control measures at external border points.

What is a Schengen information system?

SIS is the most extensive information resource for these European powers. The system records the data of citizens who violated the visa rules of states and their visa regulations. It is noteworthy that information is also entered into the system about various types of property that was stolen, lost or appropriated on an illegal basis.

The Schengen information data system began to work almost 25 years ago - in 1995. Currently, 27 states use the information base, not only members of the European Union, but also Switzerland, Norway and Iceland - they are not members of the European Union. Other countries have limited access to SIS: Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Information servers and other technical equipment of the system to support its normal, safe operation are located in Strasbourg. The technical office in this European city is supervised by an independent agency, the Schengen Joint Supervisory Authority.

In addition to the main, common, unified database, each of the 27 states of the European Union has its own separate system. They form the common system, and individually they are called - N-SIS. It is in these information resources that border guards enter personal information about persons violating visa regulations, as well as data on stolen or lost property or cargo.

Information from the Schengen SIS system is directly accessible to police and customs officials of the Member States of the European Union. Visa departments can also use the resource data: embassies of European countries, as well as consular missions.

What data is entered into the Schengen system: on citizens and property?

Personal information of citizens who have problems at the legislative level is entered in the Schengen SIS list:

  • they are wanted at different levels: internationally or in one of the member states of the European Union;
  • persons who are recognized as missing;
  • citizens who have violated the law and are subject to arrest;
  • persons who require covert surveillance by the police or special services;
  • citizens who do not have the right to cross the border with the Schengen states, as well as those who are forbidden to stay within it.


It should be noted that the majority of Ukrainian citizens included in the Schengen system were included in this list due to violation of visa regulations, exceeded the permitted period of stay in the territory of the European Union member states, or committed any illegal act. In the case of crossing the border by a person on the list of SIS violators, a citizen will be sentenced to administrative or criminal liability in the country where the attacker was added to the Schengen list.

What information about citizens and property is contained in the SIS system?

The following data are entered in the information list:

  • the name, surname of the offender, and possibly the nickname or the invented name,
  • under which the citizen is hiding;
  • middle name or capital letter of the second name, if the name is double;
  • date, place of birth, gender, citizenship of which country the person has;
  • for what reason the data of the citizen was listed;
  • special signs of human appearance;
  • data on the presence of personal weapons;
  • a person’s tendency to violence;
  • list of measures to be taken in relation to the specified citizen.

Please note that SIS does not record data that in any way discriminates against an individual. These include information about existing diseases, race, non-traditional sexual orientation.

The Schengen system also lists data on personal property that was stolen, lost or illegally registered in their property. For example, such items of property include:

  • a vehicle with an engine capacity of more than fifty cubic centimeters;
  • car trailer, the mass of which exceeds the mark of 750 kg;
  • blank forms of documentation related to official level securities;
  • all types of firearms;
  • identity documents;
  • banknotes.

Information in the system is stored for a long time - 10 years. Thus, even after the restriction period ends, the data in the system may still remain an unbreakable barrier to obtaining permission to cross the border crossing point. Please note that the entry in the list can be deleted. But this official right is vested only with the agency that 

Not entered information in a list or authority of a higher level.

For our part, we wish you to abide by the laws and never be on the impartial SIS list!

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