FRANCE has closed their land borders as cases of coronavirus continue to grow.
However, does this affect the Channel tunnel and are ferries still going to the country?
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Brits can still currently travel to France, although is advised against by both the UK and France unless it is an urgent visit.
Those visiting for a holiday will be turned away at the borders.
The UK government has advised against all but essential travel overseas, as borders close and travel restrictions are likely to change at the last minute, while France is currently on lockdown.
Here is everything you need to know about travelling to France by land and by sea.
Is the Channel Tunnel closed?
The Channel Tunnel currently remains open but this could change at the last minute.
Some services may also be reduced.
The UK Foreign Office states: “The availability of transport from France to the UK is subject to change. Cross-Channel train services continue to operate but with reduced service.”
Eurostar continues to run but with reduced operations, and have warned to check before travelling in case this changes.
They explain on their website: “We continue to operate our services but in light of the developing situation and following the border restrictions introduced by the French Government, we are adapting our timetable and reducing the number of services each day.”
The Eurotunnel website adds: “Our passenger shuttle services continue to operate. Please check carefully before travelling to Folkestone, as you may be turned away by the French Authorities if you don’t have good reason to travel within France.”
Are ferries to France still running?
Again, Brits are urged against travelling to France unless returning home or for important work such as medical services.
However, ferries are still running as travel services have not been suspended.
P&O cruises have explained on their social media channels: “As of now we are not cancelling ferries and are therefore not offering refunds.”
DFDS are also still offering services to France although are “reducing the maximum number of people allowed on each crossing by 50 per cent”. They have also suspended routes from Amsterdam to Newcastle and between Copenhagen and Oslo.
Brittany Ferries have cancelled all routes to France from the UK until mid-April, excluding Portsmouth to Cherbourg.
If you no longer wish to travel, some ferry services are allowing you to move your dates of travel.
Otherwise you should claim on your travel insurance if seeking a refund for your trip.
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Jet2 has suspended all flights, although are still flying Brits back from Europe including France and Spain.
Disneyland Paris was forced to close last weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.
France is currently on lockdown, with fears of similar restrictions taking place in London.
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