Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Holidaymakers Face Travel Chaos at Dover

Crossing the English Channel at the moment is almost impossible with. long queues and Dover and an increase in passport control following Brexit.

Aerial view of the current queues at Dover. Guardian News/YouTube

Holidaymakers and coachloads of school children face over 17 hours of delays at the port of Dover. With weather disruption, an increase in demand, and, most notably, a post-Brexit change in border control, it’s safe to say it’s been chaos.

Those trying to cross the English Channel have faced delays of up to 18 hours. With little food, little sleep, and little communication, 100s are left in dismay.

It’s the Easter holidays in England, and for many, this brings the first opportunity of the year to leave the country. In turn, the pressure on border control is overwhelming. Coupled with a lengthier passport-checking process, passengers have been left stuck for hours following Brexit.

Traffic as the holiday season begins, unfortunately, isn’t uncommon in recent years:

This was taken at Dover in July 2022. Queuing to cross the English Channel has become the norm. Credit: Simon Ward Photography, Shutterstock.

On Friday, the 31st of March, The Port of Dover warned of the “significant delays” but promised to work hard to “resolve the issue.” A critical incident was declared.

The Port of Dover kept passengers updated via Twitter. @Port_of_Dover

Speaking to Sky News, teacher Edward Davis said that the official advice is “for every coach in from of you, it’s going to be another hour”. With this being the case, some people are just giving up.

Some Coach drivers are getting to the point where they cannot work.

The GB domestic driving limit is a maximum of 10 hours a day. This means coach drivers must stick to no more than 10 hours of work without a break. Paid time in the queue at Dover doesn’t count as adequate rest. Therefore, they cannot continue their trip even if the queue starts moving.

Is Brexit to Blame?

The system for crossing the English Channel is crumbling under the immense amount of people.

Easter coach bookings were 15% higher than anticipated, and Dover Port described “challenging weather conditions.”

However, on top of all this, Brexit almost certainly plays a part in the current chaos at Dover.

Since leaving the EU, Britain has become part of the Schengen area passport requirements. This means that your passport must be issued less than ten years before the date you enter the country and be valid for at least three months after you leave.

As well as this, passport checking takes longer with double border controls and the addition of passport stamping. Also, authorities now need to check how long

The Home Secretary Suella Braverman said, “I don’t think it’s fair to say this has been an adverse effect of Brexit.” However, many factors would suggest otherwise.

Last summer, when queues were equally bad, the CEO of the Port of Dover, Doug Bannister, said this:

“We are in a post-Brexit environment which means the transaction times through the borders are going to take longer”

Doug Bannister talking to the BBC in 2022.

As always, the British public can see the comic side of the situation. This is a devastating start to the bank holiday weekend for those stuck in queues with cancelled holidays.

I wonder how Boris Johnson’s idea of a bridge between Britain and France would’ve held up with all this!

Written By


You May Also Like


The French Open brings out some fun playing styles. Due to withdrawals and warm-ups, this year’s men’s French Open could have big surprises.


There is a clear lack of guidance for schools on the use of pronouns meaning individuals are starting to take matters into their own...


The NAACP has joined Latino and LGBTQ+ groups in urging Americans not to travel to Florida.


It might be 100 trillion years away, but what will the end of our universe look like?


Tesla reveals its new robot model.


Abortion rights activists are happy with the veto, but worry that Republican legislators could override the decision.


Since fighting broke out last week, life is starting to resume again along the Gaza Strip.


After 15 long years of non-league play, Wrexham AFC have been promoted to League Two. But what's next for the club?


AI is developing quicker than we realize. Should we be concerned?


Title 42 will expire on Thursday, May 11, at 11:59 pm EDT. The measure, begun in 2020 under the premise of stopping COVID-19’s spread,...


The ultimate guide to everything that happened at the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas. All the bold trades, falls and more that you need...