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Travelling as a foot passenger
We are very pleased to be welcoming foot passengers back on board our popular Dover to Calais route from October 2021. 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!
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.
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 on our Spirit of Britain and Spirit of France ships at the following times:
Foot passenger return sailings from Calais to Dover are available as below:
Please note there are currently limitations to the number of foot passengers we are able to carry. Foot passenger space is subject to availability.
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 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 4th October new rules will be in place for returning to England. Including, new rules for fully vaccinated passengers returning to England from France.
For information on what you need to do when returning to England from France visit our Essential Travel Information 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.