The boss of a leading ferry service has warned that BRITS boarding ferries to cross Europe will face a 20km queue due to additional Covid checks.
Chris Parker, from DFDS, says that vaccine passport and passenger identification samples are taking a long time to verify.
Border checks could cause major delays starting Easter, he warned, as many families are likely to go abroad.
“Any kind of substantial profit in terms of passenger numbers, that would escalate the problem,” he said.
“It’s really very important that we don’t find ourselves around Easter, for example, doing these kinds of checks because it simply won’t work.
“The impact will be lined up back to Kent’s motorway, 10, 20 miles long – there’s no doubt about that – and in pretty short order.”
UK travel restrictions recently loosened, with pre-departure testing eliminated and expensive two-day PCR assays replaced by cheaper lateral flows.
Pre-booked vacation reaction explosion, with airlines and tour operators seeing a 200% increase in holiday bookings.
However, Covid is not the only problem facing holidaymakers – Britons were warned earlier this year to expect huge delays when it comes to Europe next year. due to new EU rules at the border.
The European Union is rolling out their new Entry/Exit System (ESS), which will require additional documents and checks on all non-EU travelers.
With the UK having already left the EU due to Brexit, this means Britons can expect longer wait times when using ferries and Tunnels.
As families often drive in groups, experts have warned this could lead to long queues, as it would not be like the faster electronic gate system at UK airports.
John Keefe, Getlink’s director of public affairs, explains that the Eurotunnel tunnel can carry up to 2,500 passengers per hour.
“We’ll be looking at 1,600 to 1,700 passengers an hour to be handled for the first time,” he warned. It’s an impossible task in the space we have available.
Similar problems are expected to affect Eurostar as well, with the train’s chief strategy officer adding: “We don’t currently see a realistic solution.”
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