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Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

So my parents would like to visit me here, but despite both being fully vaccinated they're both quite anxious about COVID and recycled air on airplanes.

Next option would be the Eurotunnel but that would also recycle the air somewhat. Anyway, the only method my parents can agree on is the ferry. However, when I look to book on these websites it offers no journeys for foot passengers. Add a car into the mix and the prices pop up instantly. I've tried different days but I get nothing.

Has anyone been over as a foot passenger recently?
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

All airlines use HEPA filters, which are fine enough to catch viruses. The air in the cabin is completely replaced every 3-5 minutes. The air is as clean as in an operating theatre.
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

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So my parents would like to visit me here, but despite both being fully vaccinated they're both quite anxious about COVID and recycled air on airplanes.

Next option would be the Eurotunnel but that would also recycle the air somewhat. Anyway, the only method my parents can agree on is the ferry. However, when I look to book on these websites it offers no journeys for foot passengers. Add a car into the mix and the prices pop up instantly. I've tried different days but I get nothing.

Has anyone been over as a foot passenger recently?
PO let you select foot-passenger https://www.poferries.com/en/routes/...finder#vehicle just select edit on vehicle page.
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All airlines use HEPA filters, which are fine enough to catch viruses. The air in the cabin is completely replaced every 3-5 minutes. The air is as clean as in an operating theatre.
Unfortunately its not something that I can explain away. My mother is older and she's quite terrified.

I completely understand that it's incredibly safe, but fear and logic don't always go hand in hand.
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PO let you select foot-passenger https://www.poferries.com/en/routes/...finder#vehicle just select edit on vehicle page.
"No results matching your search criteria were found"

Thanks for the suggestion though..
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PO let you select foot-passenger https://www.poferries.com/en/routes/...finder#vehicle just select edit on vehicle page.
So here is a perfect example. I put in the criteria and nothing. Go back to the search and add a vehicle and then it all works as it should.
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

Try calling them.
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PO let you select foot-passenger https://www.poferries.com/en/routes/...finder#vehicle just select edit on vehicle page.
P&O stopped carrying foot passengers on January 1st this year unfortunately.
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P&O stopped carrying foot passengers on January 1st this year unfortunately.
I can't see any option on DFDS's website for foot passengers either. Maybe they've all stopped doing it.
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P&O stopped carrying foot passengers on January 1st this year unfortunately.
Looks like DFDS and Irish too.

I don't really understand it. Seems like it'd be more profitable with foot passengers.
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All airlines use HEPA filters, which are fine enough to catch viruses. The air in the cabin is completely replaced every 3-5 minutes. The air is as clean as in an operating theatre.
Sadly none of this is true.
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

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I don't really understand it. Seems like it'd be more profitable with foot passengers.
It's a temporary COVID-restriction problem.

The only way around it, if the OPs parents want to be creative is to take a bicycle, take the train, car-share, or, as a really last resort - swim.

Of course they could sail across too.
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

OP: how are your parents getting to Dover - and how will they get from Calais to Switzerland?

Surely they will be „exposed“ everywhere, but on the deck of the ferry??
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

I did it back in the day on the Hovercraft in order to get edible food. (1984)

It was cheaper and better.

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Sadly none of this is true.
https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowb...sea/air-travel

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All commercial jet aircraft built after the late 1980s, and a few modified older aircraft, recirculate 10%–50% of the air in the cabin, mixed with outside air. The recirculated air passes through a series of filters 20–30 times per hour. In most newer-model airplanes, the recycled air passes through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which capture 99.9% of particles (bacteria, fungi, and larger viruses or virus clumps) 0.1–0.3 µm in diameter. Furthermore, air generally circulates in defined areas within the aircraft, thus limiting the radius of distribution of pathogens spread by small-particle aerosols. As a result, the cabin air environment is not conducive to the spread of most infectious diseases.

Some diseases may be spread by contact with infected secretions, such as when an ill person sneezes or coughs (and the secretions or droplets land on another person’s face, mouth, nose, or eyes), or touches a communal surface (such as a door knob or rest room faucet) with contaminated hands. Other people handling those contaminated surfaces may then be inoculated with the contaminant. Practicing good handwashing and respiratory hygiene (covering mouth when coughing or sneezing) decreases the risk of disease spread by direct or indirect contact.
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

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All airlines use HEPA filters, which are fine enough to catch viruses. The air in the cabin is completely replaced every 3-5 minutes. The air is as clean as in an operating theatre.
The article doesn't say "all airlines use HEPA filters" - because they don't.
The article doesn't say "The air in the cabin is completely replaced every 3-5 minutes" - because it isn't.
The article doesn't say "The air is as clean as in an operating theatre." - because it isn't.

Sorry for nitpicking
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OP: how are your parents getting to Dover - and how will they get from Calais to Switzerland?

Surely they will be „exposed“ everywhere, but on the deck of the ferry??
Quite simple really, although not easy. My brother drives them to Dover.. it's not so far from where they live. Then I drive over to Calais and pick them up.

As I said earlier, like most fears, you can't really logic your way out of it. Being in an enclosed space with 100 people, following a deadly pandemic... I can understand why she's frightened.
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Re: Ferry from Dover to Calais w/o car

Maybe widen your search to other ferry routes

A friend of mine did the harwich to hook ferry without a car about 2 years ago and said it was wonderful . Had a private cabin with all the luxuries . Almost like being on a cruise
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Maybe widen your search to other ferry routes

A friend of mine did the harwich to hook ferry without a car about 2 years ago and said it was wonderful . Had a private cabin with all the luxuries . Almost like being on a cruise
I was going to suggest that route. As far as I’m aware foot passengers are still allowed on that route.
A friend living in Belgium did it fairly recently.
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I can't see any option on DFDS's website for foot passengers either. Maybe they've all stopped doing it.
I just did the Stena Hook of Holland to Harwich and return over the last 6 weeks, I went with my bike, but they certainly allow foot passengers.

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Maybe widen your search to other ferry routes

A friend of mine did the harwich to hook ferry without a car about 2 years ago and said it was wonderful . Had a private cabin with all the luxuries . Almost like being on a cruise
Yup, I did the night crossing over, a decent meal and a cocktail on the Poop Deck followed by a good night sleep arriving at 6.30 in the morning. Returned yesterday with the day crossing, paid £16 extra for the lounge with wifi, free drinks and snacks and comfy sofas. But next time I'd probably book a cabin for the day crossing (it's half price, about £30 I think) as you can have a proper siesta.
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