Travelers heading towards Dover could face delays for weeks to come, police have admitted after a weekend of gridlock on the roads.
UK Border Force officials were drafted in to help after extra security checks which were introduced following recent terror attacks caused miles of tailbacks.
Kent police said the situation was back to normal by Sunday night, with those on the roads facing a wait of about 30 minutes on the A20 approach to Dover.
However the force said that the "large volume" of holiday traffic coupled with heightened security checks "could however mean some delays over the next few weeks".
They had initially predicted severe disruption could last into Monday.