The Daily Telegraph

Border bureaucrac­y


sir – I am returning to the United Kingdom after a week’s stay in France. The bureaucrac­y for re-entering my native land is not inconsider­able, running to three pages of A4 containing personal data.

Internet access is required to complete the forms online within 48 hours of landing. The completed forms must then be printed, or saved on a phone or tablet, for inspection at the UK border – a task that may be challengin­g for those who are not tech-savvy or do not have access to the internet and a printer.

My biggest concern is that, having started this intrusive system as a temporary measure in response to the pandemic, the Government will use the greater border security it offers as an excuse never to rescind it.

Jos Binns

Picauville, Manche, Normandy

sir – Over the past few days I have been trying to make arrangemen­ts for my annual cycling holiday in France.

The high-speed ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg is not running and, even if it were, it would not accept cyclists or foot passengers. The Folkestone-calais shuttle service through the Channel Tunnel is operating except for the cycle service. Eurostar is running

– but Eurodespat­ch, which handles excess baggage and bicycles, is still closed and there is no indication as to when it will reopen.

The British Government is promoting cycling as a means of getting about, but cross-channel services seem to regard cyclists as something to be avoided.

Richard Holroyd


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