The port boss has warned BRITS faces long queues and travel chaos at UK borders this year, unless new EU systems are in place.
Doug Bannister, boss of the Port of Dover, has issued a warning due to the new regulations coming into place this October.
Currently, cross-border travelers can have their passports checked and stamped through the window, which is a quick process.
The new Entry/Exit (ESS) System will ask drivers, both tourists and truckers, to get out of the vehicle for a biometric check.
This will have “significant” queues and consequences, he said, unless the EU clearly explains how the additional checks will be carried out.
He told Letters: “We have nine months to design the process of defining and deploying the technology, getting the right regulation in place, and investing in any infrastructure and other investments we need .
“It seems like a very short amount of time to get it all done.”
He added that Britain, France and the rest of the EU needed to “create a solution” to avoid chaos and prevent dangerous situations that could see drivers leaving their vehicles in the dark.
He continued: “Without a solution, we could end up with significant queuing for both tourists and freighters.”
Both Eurostar and Eurotunnel have previously weighed in on fear of chaos at the border.
Eurostar’s chief strategy officer said he saw no “practical solution” while Getlink’s John Keefe said it was “mission impossible” to handle passenger numbers through the new system.
Earlier this month, Chris Parker, from DFDS, warned that Britons face 20-mile queues at the border due to additional Covid testing.
While the UK is lifting most of the travel restrictions from next month – leave only a Passenger Locator Form request – most countries abroad still require a vaccine passport and a Covid test.
“Any kind of substantial profit in terms of passenger numbers, that would escalate the problem,” he said.
“It’s really, really important, for instance, that we don’t find ourselves around Easter, 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.”
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8258961/border-travel-warning-queues-new-eu-rules/ Holiday warning as Britons face border travel chaos unless new EU rules are in place, port boss Dover warns