Ferry operator DFDS will continue to operate passenger routes between the UK, France and Netherlands, despite the government decision to add the countries to the quarantine list.

The company runs 57 sailings a day on routes from Dover to Calais and Dunkirk; three per day between Newhaven and Dieppe; and daily crossings between Newcastle and Amsterdam.

Kasper Moos, head of DFDS’ short routes and passenger business, said: “Customers with existing bookings, or those considering booking a holiday to Europe can rest assured that we will continue to operate our passenger routes between the UK, France and Holland.

“While arrangements may have changed for what they must do when they return from their break, we continue to provide a safe and relaxing means to travel to and from the continent.”


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DFDS has introduced safety measures onboard its ships to allow for social distancing and enhanced cleaning regimes.

On its Dover-France routes, all bookings include a free meal in the onboard restaurants, meaning passengers can avoid having to break their journey to stop for food before getting onboard.

For the Newcastle-Amsterdam route, passengers can pre-book dinner and breakfast options during the online booking process.

Customers travelling on its routes from Dover and Newcastle have a ‘Travel Guarantee’, so they can cancel their journey and re-book for a future date for free.