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UK embassy “urgently seeking clarification” on travel rules



The company operating the Eurotunnel service on Wednesday said Brits could no longer transit through France Photo: Getlink

The company operating the Eurotunnel service on Wednesday said Brits could no longer transit through France Photo: Getlink

The UK embassy in Luxembourg is “urgently seeking clarification” from France after Brits who went home over the holidays reported problems coming back to the grand duchy.

Ambassador Fleur Thomas on Wednesday tweeted that the embassy was aware that British nationals wishing to return to Luxembourg by ferry or the channel tunnel “are experiencing difficulties”.

The company operating the Eurotunnel service on Wednesday said that British citizens, unless they live in France, can no longer transit through the country to get to their residence in the EU.

“We are urgently seeking clarification from the French government,” an embassy spokesperson told Delano by email. Updates will be shared via the ambassador’s Twitter account and the embassy’s Facebook page, she said.

Eurotunnel cited a French government decision from 28 December in its alert to passengers. But there has been no official communication about this change in rules. The last travel update on the French interior ministry’s website dates from 20 December. This indicates travel curbs with exemptions for essential travel, including residence in an EU country.

The embassy did not indicate how many Brits were stuck in the UK. The foreign ministry said it had not been contacted by Luxembourg residents seeking assistance. 

Travellers arriving by plane at Findel airport from the UK aren’t affected by the French transit rules. 

Are you unable to return to Luxembourg from the UK? Contact [email protected]

Updated on 31 December 2021 at 10.45am to include a comment from the Luxembourg foreign ministry.