At the Ferry Terminal Travel Advice
With recent terrorist threats security measures
have increased the time needed at ferry terminals and the
variety of security measures you may encounter. You will
need to allow enough time to clear security and arrive at
your departure gate on time.
Allow for Extra Time
Ferry Crossing Europe recommend that you
arrive at the ferry terminal in plenty of time to catch
your ferry especially at peak travelling times, such as
school and national holidays. You will also need to allow
extra time if you have young children, infants, or persons
Avoid packing your carry-on bags tightly
so that it is easier for the security personnel to check
them may usually bring one carry-on and one personal item
(such as a handbag or briefcase) on most flights.
Preparing a Car for a Journey into to Continental Europe
Legal requirements vary from country to
country and Ferry Crossing Europe advise you to check with
a motoring organisation before setting out. You need to
be able to show evidence that you own your vehicle and have
current insurance cover. You will need to alter your headlights,
display a GB sticker and carry a first aid kit, spare light
bulbs and a warning triangle.
Visas, Passports & ID’s
A valid Passport or ID card for some nationals,
is required for entry into France. Some non-EU nationals
may also need a Visa. Ensure that Passports and Visas are
valid for travel.
- Passport Advice line: 08750 521 0410
- Website: www.passport.gov.uk
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- French Embassy 24hr Visa recorded information
line:0906 550 3513
Usually there is a “close down time”
of about 30 minutes on each ferry departure, after which
no more passengers can be accepted for travel. Make sure
that you allow a little extra time, especially for
parking, so that you do not miss your check-in. Check-in
times given by ferry operators are the absolute latest times,
so allow for other factors such as road works, security
checks and punctures in your journey planning.
Ferry Terminal Security
Security systems and measures have been
implemented throughout the ports and security officers are
trained to national maritime standards. You may be asked
to show your passport/visa to an officer of the French Police
to validate your permission to enter France or another country.
After that, you may be stopped and questioned or your car
and baggage may be searched by an officer from one of the
United Kingdom’s agencies: HM Customs or Kent Police
Special Branch. United Kingdom agency checks may also take
place after you have disembarked from a ferry. It is best
to comply with any instructions you are given.
To avoid security alerts, ensure that your
baggage is not left unattended at any time.
Ports handle a huge number of vehicles and
for safety reasons, passengers must use the footpaths and
walkways when walking to and from the various port facilities.
More information is available on the Customs
website at: www.hmce.gov.uk.