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Belgium: Travel Advisories Update

November 18, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Print Print Email Email

Belgian authorities have increased security checks at land borders, international airports and train stations. Australians should carry passports with them when travelling and follow local instructions (see Safety and security). The level of advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Belgium.

  • We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Belgium. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
  • There has been a significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe, causing localised disruption to cross-border road and train transport services. Travellers should be aware of the possibility of further disruptions, make appropriate contingency plans and follow the instructions of local authorities. See Local travel.
  • Travellers should be alert to crime in Belgium, particularly in Brussels, Antwerp and other urban areas. Theft, muggings, bag snatching and pickpocketing are common in Brussels, particularly around major train stations. More serious robberies and assaults can also occur. See Safety and security.
  • We assess that there is a heightened risk of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, including Belgium. This threat is posed by those motivated by the current conflict in Iraq and Syria. Brussels hosts a number of international institutions, including the European Union and NATO. Australians should remain vigilant in public places and report any suspicious activities to police.
  • Belgium’s general domestic threat level is at ‘Medium’ and at the higher level of ‘Serious’ for some institutions and sites, including Embassies and major sporting and cultural events. Authorities maintain heightened security measures at these institutions and sites.
  • Demonstrations are common in Belgium and can occasionally turn violent. Monitor the media and other local information sources about possible demonstrations and avoid affected areas.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.
  • Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:
    • organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
    • register your travel and contact details, so we can contact you in an emergency
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