Traffic returns to Calais after the opening of the borders

Trucks and professional vehicles crossed the English Channel again this Wednesday after 48 hours blocked in the English port of Dover, with the Reopening this midnight of the borders between the United Kingdom and France, which has imposed diagnostic tests to pass.

The first vehicles arrived at the port of Calais around 03:30 local time (02:30 GMT), when the trucks began to leave the first ferry that left England after midnight.

According to the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord, the authorities also observed the passing of some cars during the early morning hours. During the night there were about 3,000 trucks waiting to cross the canal by ferry.

“We will have to organize tests but there will be no logistical changes at the port. We do not expect a large flow of trucks this Wednesday to leave for England, the British have stored enough, “said the president of the port exploitation society, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, in the French newspaper.

In turn, train traffic in the Eurotunnel for passengers also started shortly after midnight, only for French travelers or those with residence in France who could submit a PCR test carried out in the previous 72 hours.

The halls for trucks did not start to leave until 07:00 local time (06:00 GMT), so for the moment the traffic on the French side is fluid although the regional authorities do not rule out later activating management plans to facilitate circulation on the roads.

Workers who must cross the border can use rapid antigen tests instead of PCR. The French authorities could also make random samples of the merchandise. Truckers who take the Eurotunnel are directly diagnosed by the British health authorities with rapid antigen tests, according to the company on Twitter.

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France reopened the borders with the United Kingdom this midnight to the transit of citizens, although it will require a negative test against the coronavirus, be it PCR or antigens sensitive to the new strain detected in British territory. Measure will allow you to use the largest European border of the United Kingdom to French citizens or residents in France, people in transit, transporters and all personnel related to the traffic of goods.

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