Ireland is facing a new travel restriction for flights from the UK.
Travel restrictions on flights from Ireland to the UK were announced by the Irish Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) on Wednesday (Friday).
According to the ICAA, flights to the United Kingdom are subject to a three-hour time limit for flights departing from the country, with a minimum of 12 hours between flights.
The Irish Government says that the UK Government has not yet provided any further details about the new restrictions.
The ICAA also announced that Ireland’s domestic flights to and from the United States will be subject to the same restrictions as UK flights to Ireland.
According to ICAA’s statement, these restrictions apply to the first class of flights, as well as the Business class and the Economy class.
“The restrictions apply in addition to all restrictions on international flights and air traffic within the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Republic, which are listed in the Airports, Aviation and Transport (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which was passed on Wednesday,” the statement reads.
It is unclear how the restrictions will affect Irish tourism, but Irish-born US-based travel company Traveler’s netflix says that it will be “immediately impacted” by the new travel restrictions.
“Ireland’s international holiday destination destinations, particularly the UK and the United State, are among the busiest travel hubs in the world,” the company said in a statement.
“If we are affected, we will have to reevaluate our business plans in light of this and will also be forced to suspend our planned business in Ireland.”
Irish tourists are also concerned that the new restriction could affect Irish-based tourists visiting the United Nations.
“It’s a shame, because we all want to go to Ireland to visit our families,” said British tourist Sophie Mackey, who is from Ireland.
“But it’s just one of the things that we are told we are going to be doing [when we leave the UK].”
We have to be realistic and it’s a little bit scary, that we might not be able to visit family and friends.