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23rd July 2016 - Press Release

UPDATE: Port of Dover - French Border Control

We have been experiencing an exceptional security situation at French border controls situated within the Port of Dover.

French Border Authorities have been operating at a heightened level of security.

However, the French border control booths have been seriously understaffed overnight with only three booths available for tourists out of a potential seven.

At one stage, only one French officer was available to check passengers on hundreds of coaches, resulting in each coach taking 40 minutes to process.

The Port of Dover, which has no authority over French border operations, raised concerns over French manning levels with the UK Government earlier this week and the Government, in turn, raised the issue with its French counterparts. The current wait remains lengthy and passengers should contact ferry operators for information, consider delaying their departure, and ensure they have plenty of water and food with them if deciding to travel.

The Port shares and appreciates the frustration of the travelling public. We are doing all we can as a responsible port operator. Our Chief Executive has just spoken with our Dover MP Charlie Elphicke to help us escalate this once again at Government level.

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