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Travelling as a foot passenger
Great news, our foot passenger service on our Dover to Calais route will be re-opening for selected sailings on 4th February 2022!
We are very pleased to be welcoming foot passengers back on board our popular Dover to Calais route during 2022. With France being just a 90 minute sailing away and Calais having great bus and rail connections, travelling as a foot passenger doesn’t mean you have to miss out on exploring!
We have put together some useful updated information below, please ensure you are fully up to date with the new requirements for travelling as a foot passenger including; current testing rules, foot passenger check in times and restrictions, as these are likely to be different to the last time you travelled with us.
We look forward to welcoming you onboard!
Please note: Unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.
Passengers need to arrive at the Passenger Handling Building in the port of Dover no later than 90 minutes before sailing time to check in. You will be required to disembark at the end of your crossing and check in 90 minutes before sailing time for your return crossing.
There are drop off spaces and taxi ranks located near the building. Find out more about the port of Dover by visiting our port page. Please note that you will be required to carry your own cases and therefore must be a reasonable size - hand luggage only.
Once checked in, foot passengers will be directed and transferred to the ship as advised by the check in staff.
Foot Passenger sailings from Dover to Calais are available at the following times:
Foot passenger return sailings from Calais to Dover are available as below:
Please note: Foot passenger space is subject to availability.
The Balad’in is free shuttle bus which connects the Ferry Terminal to the city center of Calais every 22 minutes in the morning and every 11 minutes in the afternoon. Non stop from Monday to Saturday (except on 12/25 and 01/01), from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. Covid restrictions may apply.
To travel as a foot passenger to France you must ensure you passport reflects the below criteria:
Must have at least 6 months of validity
Must be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)
You will still be able to travel with a burgundy or ‘European Union’ passport after Brexit.
Foot passengers must continue to follow the current government requirements for travel including any Covid-19 testing.
Travelling to France
For information on the current entry requirements into France, visit our Travel restrictions for France page.
Facemasks remain obligatory in all public indoor areas in France.
Returning to England
From 11th February 2022, new rules will apply for entry into England, depending on your vaccination status. For information on what you need to do when returning to England from France visit our Essential Travel Information page or the government website.
For more information on the current travel requirements, visit our Coronavirus hub page.
Please ensure you are fully up to date ahead of your journey, as government restrictions can change at short notice.
To make a foot passenger booking please follow the steps below:
Select your port, sailing date and preferred time. Click next to continue.
Select your passengers and click next to continue.
The Vehicle page is automatically populated to show a car, to change to foot passenger select 'edit', and then from the drop down vehicle menu select 'Foot Passenger'. Select 'save' and then 'show times'.
You can then continue to make your booking as normal.