Press Release: UK Government Imposition of Exit Checks

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09 April, 2015

UK Government Imposition of Exit Checks

From Wednesday 8th April 2015, all travellers exiting the UK, at all ports, airport and Eurotunnel will be asked to present passports or national identity cards at departure. This new additional Government process will result in longer check-in procedures at terminals such as Dover.
All the Port Authorities and ferry companies will do everything they can to minimise disruption to travel plans, whilst continuing to support the Government's security objectives.
There are a number of suggestions we can make at AFerry.co.uk that may help alleviate the inconvenience these new controls may bring:

  • Ensure that your passport /ID is all up to date and at the port, open at the relevant page  and have your ticket to hand whilst waiting in the queue - this will help reduce the time for both you and other travelling customers. 
  • Do make sure all passengers are clearly visible to the authorities too - you may even be asked to wind down windows.   You must look as similar as possible to your passport picture i.e. no hats, snoods or scarves, glasses or sunshades.
  • When traveling with pets, make sure you have their passports correctly presented with any accompanying paperwork.
  • Make sure that everything you need for your crossing is in your hand luggage, as you may not be able to return to the car deck during the voyage.
  • Allow more time for your departure - add another half hour to your original travel time at least - and ensure you take sufficient water, snacks, battery packs and entertainment for children in the car.
  • For night crossings and inclement weather, pack a blanket or warm clothing and travel pillows in hand luggage.

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