Ferry services to French territories cancelled as France imposes tough travel restrictions

Val Ferry, L’Epress Des Iles

On March 16, 2020, President of the French Republic Emanuel Macron declared the closure of the borders at the European Union and the Schengen area. As a result, all travel between non-European countries and the European Union will be suspended for thirty (30) days.

As a result of this action by France, ferry services between Dominica and the French Territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique  have been cancelled with immediate effect.

An announcement from Val Ferry states, “Val ferry informs customers and the general public of the cancellation of all trips until further notice and urges dedicated and loyal customers, to contact offices in Roseau and Portsmouth for more information, please contact Val Ferry 1767 4403457 or 4456048.”

Similarly, L’express Des iles informed all passengers of “the stop of its international line and cancellation of all the trips between Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia as of tomorrow Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.”

In making the announcement, Macron said the tougher measures in France, which has seen more than 6,600 cornavirus infections and nearly 150 deaths in recent weeks, was unprecedented in peacetime, declaring, “We are in a health war.”

He outlined stricter enforcement, warning that those who failed to comply would be punished with a fine up to 135 euros ($150). The tougher measures would be in place for at least 15 days, he said.

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16 Comments

  1. Kalinago Justice
    March 18, 2020

    :?: Glamour boy wad-ex will have his mouth shut for a while singing for the next dollar! :?:

  2. March 18, 2020

    Every disappointment is a GOD blessing…Dominica that might be just the ALMIGHTY intervening there…HE works in miraculous way…
    I know this thing,,virus,,the poor is really going to feel it..The small nations that do not have a federal government to fall back on…
    It’s for that reason I’m encouraging you all to pray and keep the faith,,especially the saints…The faith..that’s what GOD said is needed to move mountains and it does not have to be big…
    The advance nations are depending on man but you will not go wrong depending on GOD…mans stock markets are in free fall,,taking head dive but JEHOVAH JIREH HIS supply never runs out..As HE said,,HE will supply all HIS children needs according to HIS riches in glory..all together and HIS children are scattered all over the globe…glory…and that’s bcuz HE is the one and only true living GOD…
    Look to HIM Dominica,,and you all will fear out well
    GOD BLESS…

  3. Everything Crash
    March 17, 2020

    China was the bottom of our well but them bottom gone too!
    Skerrit destroyed Dominica in the morning and a you expect him to fix it in the night!
    Everyday we carried our buckets to his well of lies!
    One day that bucket of lies must drop!
    Now our back against the wall!
    China crash! Venezuela crash! Iran crash! Agriculture chash to! Ross gone! No cruise ship! Val ferry and express Des LIES chash too! LIAT empty! Passport not selling! Nothing going out and nothing coming in!
    Everything crash, Lord, whoo, yeah!
    Me say look deh now! What a big, deep, ugly mess to be in now!

  4. Everything Crash
    March 17, 2020

    Approximately 100 days after an election of lies, lavish and careless spending, Every damn thing is falling apart. Look a song that really describes where we are today;

    Look deh now, everything crash!
    Look deh now, everything crash!

    Firemen strike!
    Watermen strike!
    Telephone company too!
    Down to the policemen too!

    What gone bad a-morning,
    Can’t come good a-evening, whoi!
    What gone bad a-morning,
    Can’t come good a-evening, whoi!

    Every day carry bucket to the well,
    One day the bottom must drop out.
    Every day carry bucket to the well,
    One day the bottom must drop out.

    Everything crash, Lord, whoo, yeah!
    Me say look deh now!

    My version

    China coronavirus strike!
    Cruise ship strike!
    International Airport too!
    Down to the ferry too!

    What gone bad a-morning,
    Can’t come good a-evening, whoi!
    What gone bad a-morning,
    Can’t come good a-evening, whoi!

    Banana industry crash!
    Airline industry crash!
    Venezuela oil crash too!
    Down to Ross University…

  5. Trouble I see
    March 17, 2020

    Boy all you seeing the mess we in? We not selling bananas, Skerrit send Ross to Barbados, cruise ships not coming, ferries not coming, people not flying, China is on their knees and can’t help us, passports not selling, Monfared in Jail, Madueke is on the run so where Skerrit going to get money from? Boy you see how we punishing ourselves. You see the amount of money Skerrit had throwing on an election. Now our back us against the wall and can’t turn to anyone for help because everyone is in the same mess. Boy look trouble I see

  6. lulu
    March 17, 2020

    Thats a bit ease up for my brains. God is a good God. He knows we dont have our lapo boda to save us. Thats to the other countries else we would still be open to everywhere.

    Blessings

  7. greed
    March 17, 2020

    Lord knows we cannot contain this pandemic so you heard our prayers through the French authorities. The cruise companies also assisted, cause if one destination that would welcome them in the world would be Dominica. This is being resilient! Just SMH

  8. Bwa-Banday
    March 17, 2020

    Hallelujah, the french actually is doing us a great service. They have partially closed our borders for us because our government does not see the importance of doing so. God bless president Macron. Charlo and El Supremo please take note :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  9. Iamanidiot
    March 17, 2020

    Well I guess Dominica boarders protected a bit more, if cruising agencies didn’t call off cruise we would never stop accepting cruise ships, if the France didn’t stop travels via boats we would never stop the boats from the two Islands.

    Thanks for thinking for us World, cause we clearly cannot think for ourselves.

    • Jay Prosper
      March 17, 2020

      Stop all those negative comments and come together to protect each other. I swear is DNO that writing these negative comment to drive the country in bad light.

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    • Batibou River
      March 17, 2020

      These islands have leaders at the top of their administrations, whereas we have a bunch of gangsters. I wouldn’t be surprised if the dictator is out of state already in a virus free country having a jolly at state expense.

    • Possie Boy
      March 17, 2020

      Don’t be too harsh on your PM and ministers, at least they are very good a selling passport and even better of wrongly accounting for the proceeds. They are also pretty good a winning elections, even though these wins are not above board in most instances.

    • Stranded
      March 17, 2020

      24 hours notice would have been nice…

    • The Truth Be Told
      March 17, 2020

      Why call yourself an idiot? We are all idiots without Christ. Once we do not believe that there is an evil one lurking to kill , steal & destroy & we try 2do things in our own strength which is what the world is doing right now. What is China’s population where the issue presumably started? Billions indeed. What is the ratio of cases re just the inhabitants of Wujan? Well start thinking again. If the Media did not orchestrate this news frenzy panic, would u have panicked? It is time to do some research. How many persons die in china daily? You need to ask the media to tell us that. Population – Billions; Then death must be in the thousands. Well well USA put to shame again. China has overcomed, now even helping others. Hmm Thinking caps on. Why create fear when the normal flu is just as communicable & spreads the same way. The heart of men is deperately wicked. What has happenned was planned for I read about this China epidemic long before this. China is super…

    • The Truth Be Told
      March 17, 2020

      Now u never spoke about borders when it was Carnival. Corona virus was there but now follow fashion &close borders. Let me tell u with all this frenzy corona is not welcomed in DA. It will not come near. Yes u say Martinique & Guadeloupe under lock down. Who is going to suffer the most -Thinking cap on. The smaller states 2 force them to accept all the coshoney they want to do like one currency etc. Many of u afraid corona but the very same persons do not take the Creator seriously. High time to think for yourselves. U remember what was said about coconut oil 2 sell their processed oil? Small mind do not see the big picture. Do u realise some one is getting richer & richer by creating the frenzy. Someone will create a vaccine which will be forced on us (make it mandatory). Well the older generation did not take all this man making rich things & they are centenarians & died ripe old age. What they used was good old herbs, local food, etc. Macaroni/spaghetti, processed not good.

    • Batibou River
      March 18, 2020

      I’m asking myself why do we actually have a PM? All he is good for is misuse our state money, lie to us, steal elections, insult the political opposition and its supporters, calls in foreign soldiers… He most certainly is useless in days of crisis. What has he brought to the table up until now?? Where is he?? On a jolly on state expenses somewhere in a corona free island in the South Pacific??? We need to kick this man out. We can’t afford to keep luxuries like that anymore!

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