Eurotunnel has warned customers hoping to pass the latest government travel quarantine deadline to not show up at the station only on Friday.
Those arriving in the UK from France and the Netherlands will be put on quarantine for 14 days if they return after 4:00 pm on Saturday.
The airline warns passengers with a hope: “Don’t show up unless you have a reservation. You won’t make it.”
“This is a peak weekend in August, we are already full of pre-orders.”
“Service has been very busy this weekend and there is no additional capacity,” John Keefe, director of public affairs at Getlink, which operates the Channel Tunnel, told the BBC.
Customers will not be able to board the replacement shuttle without a valid reservation, he added.
“To avoid long queues and serious disruptions, we strongly recommend that you do not arrive at the station outside of the scheduled time,” says Eurotunnel.
It tells if those with a reservation want to change it, they need to do so online.
“Customers who are currently in France and want to return early must modify their tickets online at www.eurotunnel.com, before arriving at the French station,” the company said.
But there have been many long lines on the company’s website since the news was announced on Thursday.
It is estimated that about half a million Britons are on holiday in France at the moment.
Eurotunnel said that on a normal Friday in August the company will ship 10-11,000 cars from France to the UK.
There is no intersection
Airlines and ferries are also incapable of offering home routes to people in a hurry.
“There won’t be any more cuts,” Brittany Ferries told the BBC.
‘We feel devastated’
Just two days after a 12-day trip and hoping to see his family again in England for the first time in months, Tyler Peters and his girlfriend Julia got confused in Amsterdam.
The couple departed from their Berlin home on Wednesday and after a short stop in the Dutch capital, they were booked on a late night ferry from the Dutch Hook to Harwich on Friday evening.
But their ferry will arrive in England at 6am, two hours after the 4am quarantine deadline set by the British government.
“That means we won’t be able to see my mother in Cambridgeshire, who covered it for months, because we’ll have to isolate ourselves for two weeks,” said Tyler.
“We considered getting a ferry earlier but we couldn’t pay an extra € 350, which meant we had to cancel our plan and lose the € 250 we paid for the ferry ticket. return.”
It was the couple’s first farewell since locking the plane, and they planned to drive across Europe feeling it was safer than flying.
After visiting the Tyler family, they planned to drive back to France, Belgium and Austria before returning to Berlin.
“We just want to do as much as possible in the short amount of time we have available and within our limited funds,” said Tyler.
Now all those plans are mixed up.
“Our plan had to change in a moment, and we felt devastated,” said Tyler.
“We’re trying to figure out what to do right now but it’s not easy to find any useful information to advise on how travelers like us should behave.
“We will probably leave the Netherlands as soon as possible and return to Germany.”
EasyJet says its schedule will work as planned. “We plan to operate on our full schedule over the coming days,” it said.
“Customers who do not want to travel anymore can change flights without change fee or receive a value voucher upon booking.”
British Airways said about flights to France and the Netherlands: “We are currently operating limited schedules to these countries.
“As always, if the customer’s flight gets canceled, they’ll get a coupon or a full refund.”
Meanwhile, Jet2 said it will continue to operate flights to Bergerac and La Rochelle in France.
However, it will not fly to any of the other French destinations until at least October.
British Airways said it is running a limited schedule to France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos and Aruba, all on the quarantine list. It says customers will be able to request a refund if their flight is canceled.
Travel-related companies saw their share prices drop on Friday.
EasyJet’s share price fell 6.61% to 570.46p, while British Airways parent company International Airlines Group saw its share price drop 6.4% to 191.25p.
Ryanair’s price is down 4.7%.
Tui’s holiday company share price fell 5.3% to 326.2 points per share.