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Tourists driving through Dover could face travel chaos as every passenger could have to leave the car for security checks

by LLB political Reporter
8th Feb 22 3:37 pm

Unless a deal is reached with Brussels over the new border rules which come into force later this year tourists heading through Dover to Europe could face significant delays.

Doug Bannister the Port of Dover boss has warned that if no deal is reached every driver and passenger will be forced to leave their vehicle to show their passports at the border security check point.

During January lorry drivers were hit with long delays with long queues and the system is going to get worse as the new border system requires a biometric security check for every passenger, which will ultimately lead to long delays.

Bannister told the Daily Mail, “We have nine months to design a process to identify and implement technology and come up with a regulation that works, and invest in any infrastructure and other investments that we need to.

“It feels a very short period of time to get that all done.

“It probably could get done, but what needs to unlock is the UK government speaking directly with French counterparts and wider in the European Union about how we’re going to create a solution for this.”

Travelling from Dover to France could also get trickier for British tourists hoping to go on holiday over the half-term, as they will not be allowed into the country if they received their vaccine more than nine months ago.

British tourists must now get a booster vaccine if they want to enter France unless they can provide a compelling reason.

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