Up to date info on Calais wanted please

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  1. Millie's Mum and Dad

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    We're travelling to France via the tunnel in our MH in a few weeks time - 15th September to be precise - for two weeks, coming back on 1st Oct. We're getting a little jittery about some of the TV footage of the Calais area being shown at the moment. Has anyone had first hand experience of what the area is like at the moment and in particular around the tunnel?
     
  2. awg

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    Crossed twice in the last month with no problems. Queuing for French passport control/customs on the way back but then straight on the train. Still around the same time from arriving to getting on board.
     
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    Totally different since the new high fencing has been installed. Last time we came back we didn't see any migrants at all. We normally exit the tunnel on arrival to go to Auchan to pick up goodies from the hyper market and fill up with cheap diesel and the head towards the services at Baie de la Somme. Don't worry, you won't have any problems.
     
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    Spent last night and most of this morning on the aire at Cite Europe after coming through the tunnel yesterday.
    Not a migrant to be seen anywhere and the aire was peaceful with around eight vans overnight.
    This must be the sixth time we have overnighted there in the last few months and have yet to see any problems.
    Don't believe everything you read in the press or see on the news media.

    Richard.
     
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    we went out a couple of weeks ago French customs didn't look at our passports as he was busy reading a magazine ! So much for increased security.
     
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    We will be crossing next week so will let you know. Not feeling worried at all, never had a problem with migrants...yet.
     
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    No problems crossing last week travelling either way by Eurotunnel, didn't use the Aires on the French side (Friday night) but see that the one on the sea front by the port is still open although moved a little 'seaward' and maybe not quite as big. I think the notice said it would be open to the end of September but can't be sure of that date. The old camp site is totally flattened and now a construction site. There is a Fair on some of the yacht harbour also construction equipment.
    Will be going out again tomorrow (Wednesday) and hopefully still no problems.

    Rod
     
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    There about 10 days ago NO PROBS go and enjoy your self DON'T Worry.
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    Been over twice this year, returning from the last one last week. Three times last year.

    I've never seen one single trace of a migrant.

    If anything is different now then there might be slightly more chance of extra security checks when you check in but that's it.
     
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    We can confirm the same. Stayed on Cite Europe and dud some shopping and a bite to eat. We were booked on the 00.55 train. First time with new puppy so also needed to go to pet area so went early. Easy travelling. At check in (automatic) and offered us 20.20 train at no extra charge. We accepted and we're allocated H. They joined G and H and we travelled on the train around 20.05. So easy, no problems, no immigrants and virtually non stop from Pet to train.
    As we travelled over to France late at night, we went to Cite Europe for a few hours to rest before onward travel.
    I know that's back to front bit the crossing to France was an afterthought.
     
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    Came through Calais for home early July,,good police presence and the only immigrants we saw were over the 8 ft high fence in the jungle playing cricket,,,BUSBY:)
     
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    Hi came back on sunday morning no problems only saw 2 migrants and these where 30 miles away from calais
    you will be fine have a great trip
     
  14. Millie's Mum and Dad

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    Thanks for all your responses. They've really set our minds at ease. Just got to decide where to go!
     
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    What do you like doing?
     
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    stayed at cite europe sunday night ( very quiet) and caught the 4.30 p and o ferry to dover. quite a few migrants around the port area and the road in from the town but quite a lot of police and security as well. everyone i spoke to about the tunnel said they had no issues so might go that way next time
     
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    We crossed from the beginning of August and back on the 8th August. We took the ferry. No problems. Big high fences, police vehicles and dogs about every 200 yards. No sign of any immigrants other than those in tent city behind the high fence when we drove pass
     
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    We used the tunnel on Sunday.

    There were big queues but that was only caused by the volume of people.

    Didn't see any would be immigrants ( although I confess I wasn't looking for them)

    I don't think you will have any problems at all.
     
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    It might all have changed by the time you depart though!

    I'm sure it'll be fine though - if there are any 'problems' you can bet on it being posted here first!

    Ian
     
  20. Millie's Mum and Dad

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    Scenery, markets, sun. We've been caravanning in France for over 25 years, so been to most parts. First time with MH tho. Maybe explore round the coast of Brittany, although weather will be not much different to UK, the Loire and Dordogne a possibility or perhaps somewhere completely new. We've not done the Massif Central, nor the Med coast, but with a small, hairy dog, that might be a little warm. 4 weeks to decide!
     
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