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Cross Channel Ferry Ports

Web Ref: http://berklix.org/ferries/

INDEX

What This Page Is

Ferry Agents

Status Reports Ports, Motor-ways etc

Calais & Continent

Dover & England

Travel Tips

Ferries:
Book ferry in advance by internet, cheaper than at port. Within last 24 hours it costs more.
Routes:
Through Luxembourg for cheaper fuel. No autoroute toll charge on route I used. From Aachen to Calais, Brussels always has traffic jams. 120 km/h in Belgium, 130 in France.
Belgium to France border heading West from Brussels:
Since Brussels bombers in Paris: 2018 it was a single diversion off autoroute, drive round a roundabout, giving police a chance to view people, back on autoroute. 2019-03 it was 2 roundabouts, & when back on autoroute, single file a long way in fast lane, with police cars parked in slow lane, ready as chase cars.
Alcohol Breathalysers,
France requires cars have 2 alcohol breathalysers, (chemical not electronic).
Headlights:
[Only if you are competent to work out the light pattern in advance eg in a dark garage] : No need on ferry to buy little stick on bits for lights (as dipped lights on continental cars go to right, blinding oncoming British drivers). Instead just look carefully at headlamp glass, & see where the prisms are: German lights when dipped, have prisms on left of glass, that bend light to the right to illuminate german pedestrians at right of road. Just block those prisms. My Subaru prisms section is from memory maybe 6cm long & 4cm high, tapering in toward centre. I normally tape up while waiting in the port.
Toll crossing under River Thames:
Cars costs GBP 2.5 de . wikipedia . org / wiki / Dartford_Crossing # Maut pay by net within 24 hours, or get fined.
On your return trip South, you go over the river Thames on the very high Queen Elizabeth 2nd bridge , prime your passenger ready to take pictures. de . wikipedia . org / wiki / Queen _ Elizabeth _ II _ Bridge
Avoid the London congestion zone.
If you enter it, cameras latch your car reg. no. & you must pay by Internet within 24 hours. en . wikipedia . org / wiki / London_congestion_charge There are free leaflets on the ferry, also for lots of nice castles etc to visit.

Disruptions

Dover / Calais ferry or tunnel or some other ports disrupted (eg by weather, strikes, Corona pandemic government restrictions either side of the channel, Brexit aUK NI / GB Irish trade disruption; PO Ferries sacking 800 staff & stopping all ferries without notice, etc) ? Find another ferry port to/ from England here.

July 2015: Calais ferry & tunnel disruptions by ex MyFerryLink.com strikers & migrant

invasions, & matching UK M20 motorway congestion ("4,600 lorries stretched back 30 miles")).

2019 or earlier: Brexit money wasted on Un-realised Ports & Ferry Co

2020 & 2021 Corona pandemic

UK government has varying regulations for France, Belgium, Netherlands & Germany, Denmark (that they change at extremely short notice, provoking chaotic pressure to rush back to UK early to avoid quarantine) .
List mailman . berklix . org / mailman / listinfo / bg - chat also discusses travel to/from UK., eg extracts from mailman . berklix . org / mailman / private / bg - chat / 2020q3 / 000269 . html
gov . uk / guidance / coronavirus - covid - 19 - countries - and - territories - exempt - from - advice - against - all - but - essential - international - travel
Mere advice from Johnson's Brexiteer   bungler   liar regime that also illegally pro-rogued parliament , & failed to Corona differentiate between Spain & Spanish Balearic Islands
UK law is of more interest than mere UK advice, so searching for mandatory regulations:
gov . uk / guidance / coronavirus - covid - 19 - travel - corridors
Which @ 2020-08-17 was too Loosely worded, & failed to address specifics, so I sent section below to government with button: Is there anything wrong with this page?
  • In ferry queue, passenger _can_ get out, even if they don't.
  • Driver has to stop close to ferry inspector, & receive ticket, Is it "mix with other people" ?
  • Driver has to stop close to customs, hand & receive passport Is it "mix with other people" ? Driver sometime must get out, walk round, open boot & or doors for smuggled immigrant & goods check Is it "mix with other people" ?
  • We have to "mix with other people" walking up from car to passenger deck inside French quarantined territorial waters. Regulations do not provide exemption.
  • People will probably get out of vehicle for toilet somewhere in transit country/ies, or at port in quarantined France, or on board ferry in French territorial water (unless a vehicle is a camper van with toilet, or unless a male by a bush alone at night) What of that is "mix with other people" ?
Johnson's UK regime regularly fumbles regulations at just a few hours notice (eg at same time school to university exam results), so
better read something more worth while Wikipedia on prevention of COVID-19 pandemic

Another possible way (apart from fly from Munich to UK) to avoid the via Calais to UK quarantine, might be to take a car train ? Though there are no through trains through the tunnel from Germany. All change in Brussels or Paris for passengers or Calais for cars. LJK thinks car train is not even close to Chunnel terminal and discontinued. car train from Germany None to France or UK: Search with : car train munich england. They used to go to Calais and Perpignan and Naples, etc... DB gave up the Autozug in 2016, all private now. Car trains all over Europe shrinking, Calais not on the list... tourenfahrer . de / reise / autoreisezuege - in - europa /

2021-01-14: politico . eu / article / ferry - firms - avoid - britain - with - brexit - buster - services - from - ireland - to - eu /
2021-02-14 France and Ireland open new ferry routes to bypass UK

Migrants

The generic term Migrants is used, not the specific term Refugees, because it depends where someone comes from, & conditions there, & reason for movement, & laws vary, & until people are classified by local law as legal refugees, illegal migrants, or whatever other spectrum of names, the generic word Migrant is used, as is used in eg annual bird migrations, summer migrations cross channel also increase in summer

Author: Julian Stacey

No Car Ferries

Even if a port is marked here as "No Car Ferries", still listed as shipping operators, as to quote a friend Truck ferries used to allow cars, just didn't advertise. I think Dunkirk - Dover was truck only originally.

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