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Updates on the Security Situation in Brussels

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As of November 23, 2015, the Belgian government has confirmed the continuation of the increase in its national threat level to its highest level, very serious, for the Brussels region, indicating that the threat of a terrorist attack is serious and imminent. The Belgian government will review the threat level and the security measures regularly.

The Belgian government has announced that the Brussels Region will remain at the highest state of alert for terrorism until November 30, and that it assesses that the threat of a terrorist attack is serious and imminent.

The Brussels metro network partially reopened on November 25; crèches, kindergartens, schools and universities in Brussels have now reopened.

Public events are likely to be cancelled and tourist attractions closed. Contact event organizers for information on whether specific events are going ahead.

The Belgian authorities have advised the public to avoid places where there’s a high concentration of people including concerts, large events, stations and airports, public transport and busy shopping centers. You should follow the advice of local authorities and respect security controls. You can find more information on the Belgian Crisis Centre website.

There have been police raids in the Brussels region and other Belgian cities in recent days. Belgian security operations are likely to be carried out at short notice without warning in the Brussels region, with possible interventions in other cities. If you’re in an affected area you should follow the instructions of the Belgian security authorities. Police are asking the public not to report any ongoing live operations on social media.

Over-ground trains, (including international services), airports, trams and buses are operating. The Brussels metro network partially reopened on November 25. For live information on the Brussels transport network, visit the STIB website.

There may be disruption across the transport network. You should check local travel information for more details.

The threat level for the rest of Belgium is at ‘level 3’, a possible and real threat. You should stay vigilant in places with large groups of people and respect security controls.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Belgium call 112.

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 American Embassy and British Embassy can be affected.

U.S. Embassy Brussels
 27 Boulevard du Régent (the Consular Section is at 25 Boulevard du Régent) B-1000 Brussels Belgium
Telephone:+(32) (2) 811-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone:+(32) (0) 2-811-4000
 Fax: +(32) (2) 811-4546

British Embassy Brussels
Avenue d’Auderghem 10 1040 Brussels Belgium
 Telephone (+32) 2 287 62 11
Fax (+32) 2 287 62 50


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