1. Maintained vigilance against terrorism (http://centredecrise.be)
The entity in charge of the threat assessment (OCAD/OCAM, Coordination Body for Threat Analysis) maintains a threat level 3 throughout the country. The threat is still considered serious, possible and probable.
OCAM and its partners follow the situation and evaluate information constantly.
There will be
- increased vigilance in the major train stations, national and regional airports, public transportation across the country, in particular the Brussels metro,and around all nuclear facilities
- increased presence of police and military on strategic sites and on premises with high concentrations of people, throughout the country.
- Brussels Airport(https://www.brusselsairport.be/en/)
- Brussels Airlines (https://www.brusselsairlines.com/en-be/)
Brussels Airlines : https://www.facebook.com/brusselsairlines
Brussels Airport : https://www.facebook.com/BrusselsairportBRU
Brussels Airlines : https://twitter.com/FlyingBrussels
Brussels Airport : https://twitter.com/BrusselsAirport
On April 3 2016, Brussels Airport symbolically resumed commercial flights with the Brussels Airlines Magritte plane flying to Faro in Portugal.
Brussels Airport is once again handling foreign airlines.
Since last week many airlines have resumed their flights from Brussels Airport. With proper distribution of flights over the total hours of available slots, a flight pattern allowing a maximum of 800 departing passengers per hour has been established. A total of about 15,000 passengers departing per day. Given current occupancy rate of departure and arrival slots, 225 flights can be operated per day, compared to the 350 flights normally scheduled for April.
Useful information for passengers:
The airport is currently accessible to private cars, busses and taxis only. Additional security measures will be provided at the entrance of the airport territory and at the temporary check-in area.
Brussels Airport advises passengers to come at least 3 hours before their flight and to keep their I.D. and travel documents at hand when they are in their car and in the temporary check-in area.
It is only possible to drop-off passengers at parking lot P2. All other parking lots, including on the Brucargo site, are currently closed. It is not permitted to accompany passengers to the check-in area. At the parking lot, only people with a valid flight ticket will be allowed to access the provisional check-in area.
Picking up passengers is only possible at parking lot P2. A ”pick-up” area will be put in place where drivers will be able to wait for passengers. The first 10 minutes of parking in P2 are free. Within this time limit, it is not necessary to validate one’s ticket in the ticket machines. Drivers can exit with their tickets.
II. STIB/MIVB (Public transport company) Brussels (http://www.stib-mivb.be/index.htm?l=en)
Since Thursday, April 7, all public bus services to and from Brussels Airport run normally.
Following the events of March 22, the transport network STIB continues to operate in a restricted manner according to the instructions of the authorities. Military and police reinforcement is maintained throughout the underground network.
- The 4 metro lines are operated from 6 am to 10 pm (last departure 9:30 pm) on their entire network. All stations are open, except Maelbeek. To find alternatives to the subway after its 10 pm closing, you are welcome to use the route search
disabling the “Metro” option in service options).
- The pre-metro is fully operational from start to end of service.
- Only 1 or 2 access points are open per station.
See open access: http://www.stib-mivb.be/stations.html?l=fr
- The surface network – bus and tram – is operated in its entirety (including the line 12).
III. SNCB/NMBS (http://www.belgianrail.be/en)
Four weeks after the attacks that devastated Brussels on March 22, the exceptional security measures are still in force in the main train stations across the country, though systematic bag checks are no longer in place. The situation is reviewed daily by security officials, uniting federal police, local police, and Securail.
The SNCB/NMBS station at the airport is inaccessible, despite the reopening of the airport. The decision regarding its reopening will be made between security officials, SNCB and Brussels Airport.
Due to the terrorist attacks of March 22, there are no trains to and from Brussels Airport. However, passengers can take the train to Zaventem Station where they can take a free bus operated by De Lijn to the terminal.
IV. Thalys (https://www.thalys.com/be/en/)
The services operate normally.
V. Eurostar (http://www.eurostar.com/)
The services operate normally.
3. Attractions and shopping
Are tourist sights, museums and monuments open?
In the Walloon and Flemish Regions, all tourist attractions, public places, concentrations, concerts and restaurants are operating normally.
In the Brussels-Capital Region, the cultural, commercial and tourist activities have resumed. Museums have re-opened under vigilance and increased security checks.
Are concerts and shows canceled?
Shows and concerts are scheduled to take place, subject to a decision of the organizers, who have announced increased security measures. The operators and organizers of the event are responsible for the organization and the security of the event.
The security measures especially in terms of access control and filtering at the entries are strengthened in order to ensure maximum safety for the public, artists and works.
Are the stores open?
All stores are open, including department stores and large shopping centers.
4. Hotels, restaurants
Hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs are open and functioning normally.
5. Events, exhibitions
Are public events held?
The events organized on public property are evaluated on a case by case basis .
Are conferences, conventions and exhibitions maintained?
Trade shows, conferences and future conferences are held, with strengthened security measures.
6. Borders and entry conditions
Are Belgium’s borders closed?
The borders remain open, but additional checks may take place at entry points of the territory.
What are the necessary documents?
The documents required to enter Belgium remain the same documents normally required to nationals of your country. Citizens of a country member of the EU do not need a visa, just a valid ID (identity card or passport).
Do Europeans need their passports in order to come to Belgium?
Nationals of countries member of the European Union need a valid form of ID (identity card or passport). In general, the documents required to enter Belgium are the same as usual.
Is my visa still valid?
Yes, visas issued before the implementation of border control remain valid for entering the national territory.
What about the visa delays?
Belgian consular services do their best so that the issuing of visas takes place within the same delay as usual.