What transport services are running from France to the UK?

What transport services are running from France to the UK?
Quarantine still applies to people entering the UK from France. Photo: AFP
Travel from the UK into France is banned, but going the other way is still possible - but are any services still running? Here's a roundup.

France on Sunday announced that it was suspending all travel from the UK for an initial period of 48 hours – with the ban covering both passengers and accompanied freight and arrivals by air, rail, road or sea.

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Travel from France to the UK is still allowed.  

But anticipating mass cancellations of people unable to get back, transport operators have already begun cutting services that are running from France to the UK.

Here's a look at what is still running:

Channel Tunnel

The Tunnel's Folkstone terminal is completely closed to both passengers and freight.

However departures are running hourly from Calais on Monday and Tuesday. Prices are high though – from €165 to €265 for a one-way trip.

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Eurostar

The Eurostar's three destination countries – France, Belgium and the Netherlands – have all banned arrivals from the UK so there are no trains running out of the UK towards Europe.

Going the other way there are no services from Amsterdam, Brussels or Lille, but trains will be running from Paris to London.

There will be four trains per day and prices start at €200 for a one-way trip.

Ferries

On Monday morning, ferries were still allowed transport unaccompanied freight to France, but accompanied freight – ie lorry cargo – was banned.

Passenger services from France to the UK were on Monday morning still listed as running as normal on DFDS, P&O and Brittany Ferries websites, although services may be reduced over the next two days.

Later in the afternoon, P&O announced that they had suspended their services for 48 hours, as the Dover Port was closed to all traffic leaving the UK.

 

Flights 

Airlines are still permitted to fly from France to the UK but the combination of a collapse in demand and the logistical problems of not being able to do return flights has lead to many airlines cancelling their services over the next two days.

Easyjet is not accepting any bookings from France to the UK for Monday or Tuesday and many passengers who were due to fly today or tomorrow have already been notified that their flights are cancelled.

Ryanair says it will be running some flights between December 20th and 24th on routes that are permitted, and any customers whose flight is cancelled with be notified. No flights were listed as available from France to the UK for December 21st or 22nd.

Air France was listing a limited number of flights available from Paris to London with prices starting at €220. The airline says tickets are 100 percent reimbursable.

British Airways describes itself as operating a 'reduced and dynamic' schedule and advises customers with pre-booked flights to check the status of their bookings online. It was on Monday morning accepting bookings on a single daily flight from Paris to London.

Travel restrictions

If you are going to the UK you need to fill in a contact locator form before arriving at the border – find the form here – and quarantine on arrival.

London, parts of south east England and Wales have all tightened up their health restrictions in recent days and in Scotland tougher restrictions start on December 26th. Find more details on the rules here.

This article is based on the latest information provided by transport operators – anyone who has a trip booked is advised to check directly with their operator.


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