Eurotunnel, P&O and DFDS warn ‘very busy’ as people flee France ahead of new quarantine rules


A two-week quarantine was suddenly put in place for travelers returning from France. As more and more people rush to get home before the deadline, Eurotunnel, P&O and DFDS have issued advice for their passengers.

Tour operators, which offer services from Folkestone and Dover, warn their ferries and trains will be very busy.

In fact, many level crossings are completely exhausted.

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All because of last minute changes by the government. They have added France to the list of countries that require travelers to self-quarantine upon their return due to a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

Returning vacationers will face a 14-day quarantine that goes into effect tomorrow (August 15) at 4 a.m.

Here’s what the Kent tour operators had to say.



As holidaymakers re-enter the country before the 4 a.m. cut-off time, more and more services from Calais to Folkestone are becoming “very busy”.

A spokesperson for Eurotunnel Le Shuttle said: “ [We] wishes to inform customers who are currently in France and wish to return earlier, that they must modify their ticket online at, before going to the French terminal.

“The service is already very busy this weekend and there is no additional capacity. To avoid long queues and serious disruptions, we strongly advise against showing up at the terminal outside of the allotted hours.

“Customers will not be able to board alternative shuttles without a valid reservation.

“We will continue to deliver our services as planned, as we did during the height of the pandemic; not only for freight, but to transport those whose travel is essential and customers who may be traveling to other European destinations. “


For customers in Belgium, the Netherlands or France who are either impacted by the new quarantine advice or choose not to travel (for August bookings only), there are two options.

They can hold their reservation as a credit or, as part of the “Book with Confidence” guarantee, change their reservation free of charge.

P&O Ferries have a few crossings with availability, but are for the most part fully booked until 10 p.m. tonight, leaving little space to return before quarantine measures take effect.

The company is currently looking to increase the capacity of its vessels and such capacity changes will be announced on social media.


Calais Seaways crossing the English Channel

A DFDS spokesperson said its ferry service is seeing its crossings sell out due to “increased demand” on the Dunkirk and Calais to Dover crossings.

“DFDS departures from Calais and Dunkirk are already very busy today, with limited space available this afternoon,” said a spokesperson.

“Overnight crossings and tomorrow’s morning crossings are starting to sell out due to increased demand as people try to get home before the quarantine rules come into effect.

“The company is managing its full navigation program of 57 crossings per day between Dover, Dunkirk and Calais, but has reduced passenger capacity (which means fewer passengers can travel on each ship) due to the need to adhere to regulations on social distancing. ”

The ferry company has advised passengers to change their online bookings to return to the UK today or tomorrow.

“Please do not try to show up at the port without a cruise booked as you may face a very long wait for the next sail with space available.” ”

For more information on DFDS ferries, click here.


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