The operator is to bring Islanders home from St Malo following the announcement by French president Emanuel Macron on Monday that frontiers were to close from today.
Condor has secured agreement to operate services from St Malo to Jersey and Guernsey on Thursday and Sunday 22 to repatriate Channel Islanders and French residents.
Passengers between the UK and the Islands will be offered a sailing on either Thursday or Monday 23 March.
The company will then cease French and UK passenger operations for a week leading up to the Easter holidays on 2 April. The company is following current UK government and States’ advice that travel has to be essential and should be avoided due to the effects of the coronavirus.
Paul Luxon, Condor’s chief executive, said: ‘We remain absolutely committed to bringing families home, so our priority is to ensure that such essential travel takes place. This is a pragmatic approach given the government advice available in what is clearly an evolving situation.
‘We have taken the step of suspending all passenger services from 24 March to Thursday 2 April and hope to resume for the start of the Easter school holidays. These are, of course, unprecedented times for all of us so our plans could change.’
Condor’s reservations teams are notifying passengers of the changes and amending bookings as appropriate.
Freight-only services from Portsmouth to the Islands and from St Malo remain unaffected by the changes