Transfer of air passenger name record data

The EU has signed bilateral passenger name record (PNR) agreements with the United States, Canada and Australia.

PNR data is information provided by passengers when they book tickets and when checking in for flights, as well as data collected by air carriers for their own commercial purposes. PNR data can be used by law enforcement authorities to fight serious crime and terrorism.

The transfer of PNR data from the EU to third countries can only be done through a bilateral agreement that provides for a high level of personal data protection.

Terrorist finance tracking programme (TFTP)

 Australia

  • 2012 agreement between the European Union and Australia on the processing and transfer of passenger name record (PNR) data by air carriers to the Australian customs and border protection service
  • 2008/651/CFSP/JHA European Council decision of 30 June 2008 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, of an agreement between the European Union and Australia on the processing and transfer of European Union-sourced passenger name record (PNR) data by air carriers to the Australian customs service agreement between the European Union and Australia on the processing and transfer of European Union-sourced passenger name record (PNR) data by air carriers to the Australian customs service
  • 2008 Agreement between the European Union and Australia on the processing and transfer of European Union-sourced passenger name record (PNR) data by air carriers to the Australian customs service

 Canada

  • 2006/230/EC : Council decision of 18 July 2005 on the conclusion of an agreement between the European Community and the government of Canada on the processing of API/PNR data
  • 2006 Agreement between the European Community and the government of Canada on the processing of advance passenger information and passenger name record data

 United States - Transfer of Air Passenger Name Record (PNR) Data

  • 2015 Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use and transfer of passenger name records to the United States Department of Homeland Security
  • 2012/472/EU : Council Decision of 26 April 2012 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use and transfer of passenger name records to the United States Department of Homeland Security

United States – Data and Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP)

  • 2010/412/EU: Council decision of 13 July 2010 on the conclusion of the agreement between the European Union and the United States of America on the processing and transfer of financial messaging data from the European Union to the United States for the purposes of the terrorist finance tracking programme
  • 2010 Agreement between the European Union and the United States of America on the processing and transfer of financial messaging data from the European Union to the United States for the purposes of the terrorist finance tracking programme
  • SWD/2014/0264: joint review report of the implementation of the agreement between the European Union and the United States of America on the processing and transfer of financial messaging data from the European Union to the United States for the purposes of the terrorist finance tracking programme

More information

Find more information on the terrorist finance tracking programme on the Directorate-General for Home Affairs website.