Aerials show truck queues amid border crisis in Dover

France and many other countries halted passenger traffic from Britain because of an outbreak of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus identified by British authorities.

London and Paris negotiated a deal to allow certain categories of people to travel from Britain to France.

Thousands of trucks are waiting to cross the Channel with all drivers now required to test negative for COVID-19 before being allowed to proceed.

Britain's transport minister Grant Schapps warned it could take days to clear the backlog of freight waiting to cross to France, the BBC reported.

Mr Shapps said the UK-French border would remain open over Christmas in a bid to clear the backlog of trucks, the BBC added.