Families returning from France warned of half-term disruption

By Linsey McNeill
07/02/2023
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Travellers returning from France are being warned of potential disruption after Border Force announced staff at three French ports will strike during the February half-term.

They will walk out for four days from February 17 until 7am on February 20, as families are returning from half-term holidays.

The Government warned of longer wait times at border controls in France as a result.

It said: “Travellers should check the latest travel advice with operators before travelling.

“Please be patient and respect officers who are working to keep the UK border safe and secure for all travellers during strike action.

“We encourage all passengers eligible to use eGates to do so.”

The strike will involve British Border Force staff who check passengers and freight travelling to the UK in Calais, Dunkirk and Coquelles.

In a statement, the Home Office said: “If you are travelling into the UK through these ports, you should prepare for disruption and check before you travel.

“Our number one priority is to keep our borders safe and secure, and we will never compromise on this.”

It said the army, civil servants and volunteers from across government are being trained to support Border Force at airports and ports across the UK in the event of potential strike action.

“Border Force are ready to deploy resource to meet critical demand and support the flow of travellers and goods through the border, however those entering the UK should be prepared for potential disruption.

“We are working closely with port authorities, operators and French counterparts to make sure travellers are prepared and do not experience unnecessary delays at the border due to the proposed strike action.

“All passengers should check the latest advice from their operators before travelling.”

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