Cross-channel rail operator Getlink saw all-time record bookings for its passenger shuttle services on the weekend after the UK Government announced it was relaxing travel restrictions to some destinations. Eurotunnel bookings
But the company carried fewer than half its usual number of passenger vehicles in the first six months of the year due to the pandemic.
From January to June the number of passenger vehicles on the Eurotunnel services dropped to just 554,577, a year-on-year fall of 52%.
Freight traffic held up better, with only an 18% drop.
Releasing its figures for the first half of the year today, Getlink said:”The anticipation of quarantine measures being relaxed in the UK for tourists led to an all-time record for bookings on the weekend of 27-28 June.”
The Government had announced on June 26 that it intended to relax travel restrictions to several countries, and it confirmed last week that the list would include France and much of Europe.
Travel from France to the UK
Please make sure you are aware of the latest public health and quarantine measures in place in the United Kingdom at present. Everyone entering the UK from the 8th of June must complete a form BEFORE they travel.
You are not allowed to cross unless you have completed the online form available here: https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk. It is important that you have the registration number provided after completion of the form with you when you arrive at our terminal in France.
Travel from the UK to France
It is now permitted for anyone without symptoms of Covid-19 to travel from the UK to France subject to completion of a health declaration. Please find a copy of this declaration here in English, and here in French. It is important that you bring a completed copy of this with you when you travel.[tp_hotel_widget hotel_id=410905 responsive=true subid=”” powered_by=”true”]
Please note, the French Authorities advise that everyone entering France from the UK should complete a two week quarantine at their destination, but there are currently no forms to complete for this (more information here). The French Authorities have confirmed that people traveling through France to another country are exempt from this requirement, but you should check the requirements/restrictions of your destination country too. Eurotunnel bookings
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle prices from £31 per car each way – or £72 for summer bookings
The travel time from Folkestone to Calais is just 35 minutes – faster than the ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. What’s more, there is no additional cost for fuel or luggage supplements. So more of you can travel in your car through the channel tunnel for less!