The British who wanted to return to the United Kingdom this weekend were faced with hours of waiting in the port of Calais. The reason is the border controls, which have taken more time since Brexit.
The enormous waiting times – up to six hours – date from the night from Saturday to Sunday, according to comments on social media. The ferry companies warn that there are still delays on Sunday. “We apologize for the waiting times in Calais (…) It was due to queues at border controls,” tweeted P&O ferries, which operate a ferry service between Calais and Dover.
According to the company, two additional departures were scheduled at night, in order to be able to bring passengers who had missed their boat to the United Kingdom. Sunday afternoon there were waiting times of 45 to 60 minutes.
Danish competitor DFDS says it expected a busy weekend. Passengers were advised to be at the ferry port at least two hours in advance.
Tensions France and UK
The French prefecture points to an “unforeseen technical problem” this weekend in the tunnel under the Channel, but that was denied by the operator Eurotunnel.
There were also long traffic jams in Calais last weekend. The French then blamed the British customs officers for opening too few checkpoints to swallow all the traffic.
In July there were monster traffic jams on the other side of the Channel, in Dover. This caused tensions between France and the United Kingdom. The latter accused the French of “spoiling” British families’ vacations due to a lack of staff.
Passengers stuck in Channel Tunnel for hours
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