Holiday chaos warning as new passport checks planned for people going to France

BRITS planning on driving to France are being warned of the "worst chaos yet" at the border due to new passport checks.

The new rules being enforced by the EU will introduce biometric checks – which is likely to result in huge queues.

The new Entry-Exit System (ESS) is being rolled out across Europe from September, where anyone passing through will need to have a digital ID.

However, a lack of infrastructure to deal with the new rules and technology is likely to result in huge queues and record waits at the border.

Not only that, but Brits could be forced to get out of their cars for the checks, slowing down the process even further.

The Port of Dover's Tim Reardon told the Telegraph that it will be "more disruptive than anything we've seen before".

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He added: "The challenge with this new biometric passport control process is that everything is required to be done at the frontier itself.

"They've loaded the full weight of the process on the point where traffic is least able to cope with it.”

The long queues will affect Brits heading to France, as well as on their return.

Experts have long been warning of huge delays and disruptions at the border, which is one of the busiest in the world and serves more than 3million passengers a year.

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John Keefe, director of public affairs for Getlink said last year: "We would be looking at 1,600 to 1,700 passengers per hour to be processed for the first time.

"That’s an impossible task in the space that we have available."

And the Eurostar's train strategy director warned they didn't see a "practical solution" to the new rules

They added: “In a peak hour in August we have 1,800 passengers. About 1,500 of those would be required to go through the EES, of whom 830 would be first-time travellers.”

Also being introduced next year is the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIS) which will cost Brits an extra €7.

There are already new rules in place for Brits heading to Europe regarding their passports – which many have been caught out by.

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All Brits now must have at least three months left on their passport to enter the EU.

However, new rules no longer allow passports to be any longer than 10 years, despite previously being allowed to roll up to nine months extra on top – causing problems for many.

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