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Channel Ferries Suffer Five-Hour Border Delays at Dover Port

  • Holidaymakers delayed as port says border booths understaffed
  • Ferry disruption adds to woes across aviation, rail and more
Cars queue at the check-in at the Port of Dover, UK, on July 22. 

Cars queue at the check-in at the Port of Dover, UK, on July 22. 

Photographer: Gareth Fuller/PA Images/Getty Images

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Britons headed for continental Europe via the port of Dover were caught up in long queues amid staffing shortages, just as the end of the school year unleashes a travel exodus.

P&O Ferries Ltd. warned of delays lasting four or five hours on the British side of the English Channel crossing, while assuring passengers that they would be put on the next boat if they miss their booked sailing. Other operators cited similar delays.