Transport Minister Eamon Ryan introduced a 48-hour journey ban on flights and ferries between Britain and Eire after a brand new pressure of Covid-19 was detected within the South East England.
The federal government can also be strongly advising in opposition to touring to Northern Eire as Stormont's govt struggles to convey the virus below management.
Well being Minister Stephen Donnelly mentioned the federal government was "not sealing the border" however would give "stable recommendation" on transferring north and south.
The unprecedented transfer was not taken evenly, mentioned Minister Eamon Ryan given the historic significance of the UK-Eire joint journey space, however the precaution was taken following choices of different European nations.
"It had by no means been thought of earlier than, however the UK's determination on their journey restrictions was very dramatic and we granted consent to behave this morning," mentioned Mr. Ryan.
Learn how the UK journey ban will work and why it was launched.
The federal government has determined to introduce a 48-hour ban on common journey with the UK within the curiosity of public well being forward of a Cupboard assembly on Tuesday to evaluate the Covid-19 state of affairs after detection of a brand new pressure of the coronavirus within the UK. which might be extra contagious.
A press release issued by the federal government mentioned: "The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister of Transport and Minister of Well being had in depth discussions on Sunday and introduced that within the curiosity of public well being, the British, no matter nationality, shouldn’t journey to Eire, by air or by sea.
“Ministers have engaged with UK authorities and the Division for Transport has notified airways of the ban.
"There might be shut coordination with authorities in Northern Eire as these preparations are put in place."
The brand new journey restrictions went into impact at midnight final night time.
There was widespread disruption at Heathrow Airport, with passengers trying to re-enter Eire earlier than the ban went into impact.
Comparable scenes have met with information of restrictions up to now as members of the general public go away affected areas earlier than rules go into impact usually on quick discover.
In Britain, there have been lengthy traces at airports and practice stations in London as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions within the South East – together with in London.
The ban within the Netherlands went into impact on Sunday morning and is anticipated to final not less than the remainder of the yr.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has issued a 24-hour no-fly order beginning Sunday at midnight.
Italian Well being Minister Roberto Speranza mentioned an order was signed on Sunday blocking flights from Britain and stopping anybody who had traveled to the UK up to now 14 days to enter Italy. The order bans air journey till January 6.
Austria and Italy haven’t specified when their plans to disrupt UK flights will happen.
Germany has mentioned it’s banning flights from the UK from midnight Berlin time on Sunday, with German information company dpa reporting it’ll keep put not less than till December 31st.
France has banned all journey from the UK for 48 hours from midnight Sunday.
Sure, ferries carrying freight between Nice Britain and Eire are free to proceed within the provide chains.
A authorities assertion final night time mentioned: 'Ferry crossings between Eire and Britain will proceed with a view to maintain important provide chains transferring.
"The federal government directive for folks to not journey from Britain to Eire doesn’t lengthen to important provide chain employees."
Essential employees embrace:
Engineers and ETO,
Lodge / Restaurant Opinions,
Technicians below contract,
Sea pilot and heavy truck drivers and / or individuals holding an EU Annex three Worldwide Transport Employee Certificates
Ryanair and Aer Lingus have each launched journey updates for passengers affected by the federal government announcement.
Aer Lingus has acknowledged that clients with a canceled flight might be contacted straight and entitled to a refund, voucher or rerouting sooner or later.
Ryanair mentioned all clients with flights to the UK canceled by authorities bulletins might be contacted by e mail and supply a flight change or refund.
British Airways, which can also be owned by IAG, and Virgin Atlantic Airways don’t supply refunds to passengers who cancel end-of-year journeys.
BA will both give ticket holders a voucher or allow them to go at a later date, he mentioned. He mentioned he would solely refund fares if the airline cancels a flight, a coverage taken up by Virgin Atlantic in a Twitter publish.