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Calais, to do or not to do?

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Calais, to do or not to do?

Hi All,

So, we are going to be in Dover for a day, and were thinking about taking a ferry over to Calais for a few hours to shop and sightsee. I know there is a shuttle that runs between the port and town centre and also that the walk has been said to be "uninteresting". However, I am seeing a lot of news pop up about there being a rough group of people and unrest-like activity going on around the port area. I realize these are refugees or migrants or whatever and not French citizens but, this is now causing some concern on our part about the safety issues. I understand that things can get blown out of proportion, God knows they do here in the States.

So I guess all that to ask this...is it safe to walk from the port to town, and is it safe in general to walk around without being approached? We have a backup plan for another day trip if it's not a good time to go to Calais. Can always fit it in another trip if we need to.

Any info/insight will be greatly appreciated. Hit me with it!


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1. Re: Calais, to do or not to do?

This question was raised a couple of days ago and here's a copy of one of the replies:

<<We went from Calais to Dover on the 12th July.

What we noticed this year (we've done the trip many times) is the number of migrants waiting in the port area. Hanging around, waiting for trucks. We saw some of them grabbing on to the backs of trucks (the drivers were made aware by other truck drivers) and we saw French police taking more from other trucks.

It felt uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable.

Just my 10c worth>>

I'd take the shuttle bus.

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2. Re: Calais, to do or not to do?

I saw that post, PamjoHertfordshire. That's actually why I decided to ask about walking around in the city centre as well...if it's just relegated to the port area then I think we would be ok. Definitely want to take the shuttle if at all possible, just wanted to ask so if we did miss it and didn't want to wait on the next, we would know whether to stay put or give it a walk.

Thanks for the response! :-)

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3. Re: Calais, to do or not to do?

We were in Calais yesterday. Once you are away from the port area there are no problems and only saw a handful of migrants hanging around in a park. Felt perfectly safe walking around during the day and evening.

Edited: 18 August 2014, 15:46
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4. Re: Calais, to do or not to do?

Thanks for you up to date update :)

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5. Re: Calais, to do or not to do?

Calais has experienced these problems for a very long time,it is nothing new. We travel to France on a frequent basis and often see these people out by the port area, but never encountered any problem.

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