Calais – Government Information and Advice

Calais – Government Information and Advice

Information and links for anyone affected by travel disruption at Calais.

Calais situation: information and advice

Information and links for anyone affected by travel disruption at Calais. This will be updated as the situation develops.

Calais situation

Cross-Channel services (including Eurostar) have resumed after industrial action by MyFerry Link workers at the Port of Calais and Eurotunnel in Coquelles. However, there may be further travel disruption at short notice.

The government is working closely with the French authorities to minimise the impact of any further disruption. COBR, the emergency committee, met on Thursday 25 June to review contingency plans.

General travel advice

Cross-Channel passengers travelling from Dover/Folkstone to the Port of Calais are advised to check online with their chosen operator and plan their journey to avoid disruption. You may also want to follow local radio for travel updates.

If further disruption occurs, cross-Channel passengers planning to travel through Calais and Coquelles are advised to check online with their travel operator. Information about alternative routes and operators is available via this interactive map.

Compensation and exchanging tickets

If you need to exchange travel tickets, contact your operator. For advice on compensation and your rights, visit the ABTA website.

Read guidance on EU Regulation 1177/2010, which establishes the rights of all maritime passengers to assistance in the case of delayed or cancelled departures.

Contacts for cross-Channel operators

Dover/Folkestone – Calais/Coquelles cross-Channel operators

DFDS Seaways also operates out of Amsterdam, Dieppe and Dunkirk:

  • Twitter @DFDSUKUpdates
  • telephone:
    • Calais, Dunkirk and Amsterdam +44 (0) 344 902 0265 and +44 (0) 871 882 1777 for sailing information
    • Dieppe +44 (0) 844 576 8836, INT 0800 650 100 and +44 (0) 844 576 8836 for sailing information

P&O Ferries also operates out of Rotterdam and Zeebrugge:

  • Twitter @POferries for ferry updates
  • telephone +44 (0) 800 13 0030

MyFerryLink:

  • Twitter @MyFerryLink
  • telephone: +44 (0) 844 248 2100, open daily 09:00-17:30 GMT

Eurotunnel operates from Coquelles:

  • Twitter @eurotunnel
  • telephone: +44 (0) 8444 63 0000 (24 hour pre-recorded travel information), +44 (0) 8443 35 35 35, +33 (0) 810 63 03 04

Other cross-Channel operators and routes

Details of alternative routes for returning to the UK. Check availability and book ahead before considering travelling to another port of exit.

Brittany Ferries operates out of Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Roscoff, St Malo, Bilbao and Santander:

Condor Ferries operates out of St Malo and Cherbourg:

  • Twitter @CF_Travel_News
  • telephone +44 (0) 1202 207 216, St Malo +44 (0) 825 165 463, Cherbourg +33 (0) 233 88 44 88

Stena operates out of Hook of Holland:

Additional contacts

Road traffic information

UK road traffic

France road traffic

What the government is doing

Law and order in and around Calais is the responsibility of the French authorities, but the UK continues to work with its French counterparts to strengthen the security of the border to stop illegal immigrants entering the UK.

Border Force put its well-rehearsed and practised contingency plans into operation to ensure security is maintained during this period of disruption to cross-Channel services and as they return to normal. We have deployed additional Border Force staff and sniffer dogs in northern France as well as bolstering screening checks at Dover for both tourist and freight vehicles. This is on top of already rigorous border controls, which include 100% freight screening at Coquelles and Calais.

The government:

  • is providing funding to bolster the security and infrastructure of ports in northern France and Belgium – this includes a £2 million upgrade of detection technology, a £1 million extension of dog searching capacity and an additional £12 million to reinforce security at the juxtaposed border
  • has installed new fencing in Calais to enhance security at the port and help protect traffic on the road leading to it
  • is tackling the roots of this problem by increasing joint intelligence work with the French to target the organised crime gangs behind people smuggling
  • is stopping more illegal immigrants at the border – we prevented more than 39,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally in 2014 to 2015, more than double the previous year

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