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Brits heading to France warned of travel chaos

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Brits heading to France warned of travel chaos
Travel warnings for those heading across the Channel at Easter. Photo: AFP
10:15 CEST+02:00
Brits heading across the Channel to France over the Easter period face travel chaos, with the British government set to introduce new passport checks that could cause severe delays.

British border officials will introduce a new tighter system of passport checks on April 8th that will see every person’s identity scrutinized.

Ferry operators P&O say the new measures could double the amount of time it takes them to clear a car for boarding, especially if there are numerous passengers in the vehicle and it has tinted windows.

The government fears the new measures could lead even lead to “public order problems” on the roads once the checks start.

Home Secretary Theresa May told the Commons home affairs select committee last month that “contingency measures are in place if there are public order problems”.

Shipping authorities in Dover have been warned that queues into the Channel’s busiest port, could stretch back 8 kilometres.

Travellers are advised to arrive at the ports early and fill in any required documents in advance, to save time at the check in process.

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