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  • 14th November 2021 at 10:22 am #563159

    Morning everyone,

    Has anyone had a recent ecperience of a BF crossing recently? Just getting ready for one, and interested to know how it’s going in terms of covid docs, customs checks, and passport stamping etc.





    14th November 2021 at 11:30 am #563165

    We came back to France after a visit …one way Brittany ferriesPortsmouth Caen ….it was trouble free…health passes…passports ,my CDS ….we had to download a document attestation that we were covid free…but it was never asked for.

    going into the UK on Eurotunnel…they were very helpful with documentation…the only troublesome one was the passenger locator form…as long as you have your health pass it seems everything else falls into place .I believe you still need to book and pay for a two day test in the UK….but I may be wrong on that!

    eurotunnel require advanced passenger information on their site….API…

    as did Brittany ferries.

    The situation is still fluid you need to keep a watch…on government sites…

    enjoy your trip

    15th November 2021 at 1:51 am #563223

    If 5 September -3 October is recent…. you should have no problems with Brittany Ferries if you have the required documentation.

    Your NHS Covid status will be checked at the port of departure and arrival, declaration you do not have Covid at departure, passport stamped on arrival. Animal Health Certificate if taking pet (MAKE SURE your UK vet stamps and initials all the pages of this). When we arrived in Cherbourg 6 September the forces of law and order did not appear to be carrying out any vehicle search, they were too busy stamping/scrutinising papers.

    So, I would like you to try and smuggle in a few British sausages (or a pork pie or two), as it will be braver than I was in September and will fortify my resolve for March 2022 if you succeed….  also it may annoy one of our readers!!

    15th November 2021 at 11:27 am #563225

    At the moment all that is required for entry to France are your vaccination papers and the sworn statement.There is a lot more faffing about required for entry to the UK from France.As well as your vaccination papers you will need the 4 page PLF and you will have to have booked and paid for a Day 2 covid test.The depressing combination of Brexit and Covid is making the check in procedure a lot more long winded,but the hold ups are mainly caused by people not taking BF,s advice about having your documents in paper form instead of trying to show them on phones. :yes:

    15th November 2021 at 10:31 pm #563249

    I came over to UK yesterday – no problems with boarding etc but if you are going to Portsmouth avoid at all costs M27 West.  I return on Friday night and will have to work out a new journey to get to the port.

    Sorry to change subject a bit but I am buying some architrave whilst here and believe I have to complete a customs form – can anybody give me details of where to find the form required and hopefully the form number.


    16th November 2021 at 8:47 am #563250

    Only having experience in moving goods across borders before the EU , I would say , keep the receipts and declare the goods that you have with you at the French customs when asked . If there is paperwork needed or tax to be paid they will tell you on the spot and supply the paperwork .

    I am sure there is someone on this site that has more relevant up to date knowledge than I. :unsure:

    16th November 2021 at 9:02 am #563253

    Thanks all, looks like it’s a case of  getting the docs ready, and accessible! I always take hard copy anyway. Won’t be long now before proof of a third jab is required.

    18th November 2021 at 1:52 pm #563348

    I may soon need to go over to England.

    The last I heard, back in the summer, people were loaded and disembarked in small groups and confined to their cabin for the crossing with nothing open on the ships. It would be nice to know what things are like now?

    18th November 2021 at 6:06 pm #563353

    Everything was open two weeks ago ..even the cinema…restaurant…but only self service..


    18th November 2021 at 6:12 pm #563355

    recently did the caen – portsmouth on the mont st michelle

    mask wearing compulsory in all public spaces

    boarding / disembarking back to how it used to be

    everything on board open except the a la carte restaurant

    18th November 2021 at 6:19 pm #563358

    As Topcat said,

    “There is a lot more faffing about required for entry to the UK from France.As well as your vaccination papers you will need the 4 page PLF and you will have to have booked and paid for a Day 2 covid test (before you can complete it).”

    The ships on the two main passenger routes BF are operating at the moment from St Malo and Ouistreham do not have A la Carte restaurants, but the Self Service restaurant and bars and shops are open pretty much as usual. Masks are obligatoire throughout the ferry except when eating. People seem to ignore requests to observe social distancing despite floor markings in the self service . 9 months ago BF staff were ‘policing’ the lifts to only allow one family in at a time , these days its a free for all, they are packed. Watch your feet for all those cases on wheels and beware those who have forgotten their masks. The worst part of travelling is the 90 minute early check-in and filling in the complicated Passenger Locator Form.

    18th November 2021 at 7:18 pm #563364

    Just helped a friend who is travelling tomorrow fill in his passenger locator form….still a nightmare…but we got there.

    20th November 2021 at 8:28 am #563439

    We did the Portsmouth to Caen on BF Thursday evening, the ship was very busy, no hassle on the French side with documents, or checking what you’ve brought over! Saw an armed gendarme patrolling the boat which was the first time I had seen that.

    20th November 2021 at 11:30 am #563446

    Armed patrols on the ferries were in place a few years ago in response to the Paris terrorist attacks,if they have started again it,s probably in response to the latest UK terrorist attack and the UK being on high alert.

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