France – 48-hour ban on travellers from the UK

France has suspended all travel links, including freight lorries, with the UK for 48 hours from midnight on Sunday (23:00hrs GMT).

In response to France’s ban, Eurotunnel said it would suspend access to its Folkestone terminal from 22:00hrs GMT for traffic heading to Calais. People booked to travel on Monday can get a refund. Trains will still run from Calais to Folkestone.

The ferry terminal at the Port of Dover is closed to all accompanied traffic leaving the UK until further notice.

Kent Police will be closing Jct 11A (Eurotunnel) M20 from 22.00hrs tonight (Sunday 20 December) to stop any more freight accessing the terminal.

Ferry operators as yet have not indicated their last sailing times, or if they will bring freight back to the UK.

As no freight is going to be able to enter France from the UK for at least the next 48 hours firms are advised delay or even abort sending trucks to Dover and Eurotunnel. Sailings into Caen will also be affected.

RHA International Group Manager, Heather Wallace said any attempt to get trucks out and back to France before Christmas is going to extremely challenging. Expect long delays once the ban has been lifted.