Stena Line have announced that no passenger travel is permitted on their services from Wales to Ireland for the next 48 hours starting at midnight on Sunday.
Only essential supply chain workers and freight will be allowed to travel, due to the new Covid-19 strain which is believed to have developed in the south-east of England.
“For at least the next 48 hours from midnight tonight, passenger travel is not permitted on our services from the UK into the Republic of Ireland,” Stena Line said. “Except for essential supply chain workers.
“This affects our Holyhead to Dublin and our Fishguard to Rosslare services. All our freight transportation services, including accompanied movements by freight drivers, are unaffected by the above restrictions.
“The above restrictions do not affect travel to the UK from either the Republic of Ireland or Netherlands, which is still permitted for essential reasons in line with government guidance.”
The move comes as several EU countries have decided not to allow access to persons travelling from the UK. The port of Dover has been closed to all vehicle traffic leaving the UK for the next 48 hours.
The Port of Dover is closed to traffic leaving the UK “until further notice” due to border restrictions in France.
“Both accompanied freight and passenger customers are asked not to travel to the port,” port authorities said. “We understand that the restrictions will be in place for 48 hours from midnight.”
Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium are all halting flights, and other nations are considering the move.