With the Treaty of Le Touquet under threat as Brexit approaches SNCF this week unveiled plans to refurbishment Paris’s Gare du Nord train station, stating that the redevelopment would address “the challenges of reinforced border controls due to Brexit”.
Currently the Treaty of Le Touquet allows for both countries’ passport checks to take place as passengers board the train – meaning when they arrive they can walk straight out of the station without waiting.
But the treaty’s future is uncertain, with Brexit negotiations still up in the air and calls from Paris for it to be revisited.
Travellers could also face additional checks as the UK leaves the customs union, while the EU is also pushing forward with plans to force travellers from the UK to apply for travel authorisation in advance, including paying a fee.
If passport control for passengers are relocated post Brexit this will of create problems for Eurostar and those travelling to Disneyland Paris as the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station does not presently have the facilities for such boarder control checks to be carried out upon arrival.