(20 March 2020) UK-France ferry route schedules remain unchanged and essential travellers now offered a free meal
Following the significant measures taken by European governments to inhibit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), DFDS is maintaining its regular sailing schedule for those undertaking essential travel or trying to return home via its Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk or Newhaven to Dieppe routes.
The company will continue to offer its full sailing schedule on those routes to support those who need to make essential journeys. Earlier this week, DFDS reduced passenger capacity on those routes to make it easier for travellers to follow government advice on social distancing while on board.
In addition to providing a complimentary meal for all drivers, DFDS will now extend this to include all passengers until further notice. Due to the limited number of passengers onboard each crossing, DFDS has plenty of space to ensure guidance on social distancing can be supported. Outside decks are also open for use.
Kasper Moos, vice-president and head of short routes and passenger at DFDS, said: “We are committed to the safety and welfare of our passengers, drivers and crew whilst travelling with us and we will continue to do so during this difficult period.
“We have taken every precaution advised by the World Health Organisation to protect the health of our crews and those who have essential journeys to complete.
“Our routes between the UK and France are an important trade link and we are maintaining our current sailing schedules to ensure that essential everyday goods can continue to reach shops and businesses.”
DFDS has put measures in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers are installed everywhere on the ship for use.
- Ongoing extra touchpoint cleaning
- Ships’ crew is subject to strict measures and hygiene requirements.
- Ships carry a stock of masks to limit the spread of infection, if needed
The company is also offering flexibility for passengers who have booked to travel on its services but wish to change their travel plans. Passengers can rebook for a date later in the year, or cancel and receive a credit for use against a future ferry booking. This applies to bookings for travel up to and including 30 April 2020. For more information visit https://www.dfds.com/en/passenger-ferries/corona-virus/updates.