Foreign travel advice

Belgium

Summary

Strikes are due to affect Belgian rail services from 10pm, 30 May to 10pm, 31 May. You should check local news and transport sites before you travel: Belgian rail, De Liin, MIVB and Eurostar.

There were explosions at Zaventem International Airport and Maalbeek station in Brussels on 22 March 2016.

The Belgian threat level remains at Level 3 – a serious and real threat. Police operations are ongoing and there have been a number of arrests relating to the recent terrorist attacks. You should remain vigilant, stay away from crowded places and follow the instructions of the Belgian authorities. You can find more information on the Belgian Crisis Centre website and Twitter feed.

There’s some ongoing disruption to air and rail services. For information on public transport and rail services:

For more information about flights to and from Brussels airport, contact your airline or travel company, or visit the Brussels airport website or Twitter channel. Consider allowing extra time for your journey due to increased security measures in place at UK ports and borders.

There have been a number of police raids and arrests in the Brussels region and other Belgian cities in recent weeks. Belgian security operations are likely to be carried out at short notice. If you’re in an affected area you should follow the instructions of the Belgian security authorities. Police have asked the public not to comment on police operations on social media.

Public events and busy public areas across Belgium are likely to see additional security. Some public events may be cancelled and some tourist attractions closed. Contact event organisers for information on whether specific events are going ahead.

Travelling via Calais? Check our travel advice for France.

Up to 1.8 million British nationals visit Belgium every year. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out travel and medical insurance before you travel.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 112.

If you’re travelling to commemorate the First World War centenary, see this information and advice page to help plan your trip and make sure it’s safe and trouble free. Some sites will become extremely busy at certain times of the year, and some may have access restrictions.

When visiting former WW1 battlefields in north west Belgium, stay on the footpath and exercise caution if you see anything that looks like shells or munitions. Unexploded shells have recently been uncovered. Move away from the site and call the police emergency number 112 to report any incidents.

European summits and demonstrations often take place around the Schuman area. They can cause some disruption and access to the British Embassy and the British Consulate General can be affected. Check local news and transport sites: train & metro info and also road info.

Theft and pick pocketing is a problem in crowded areas. Take care of your belongings and passports at all train stations in Brussels. See Crime

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