FCO updates advice as Brussels remains in lockdown

FCO updates advice as Brussels remains in lockdown

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised British travellers to Brussels to follow the advice of security authorities as the city remains in lockdown for a third day.

Sixteen suspects were detained in raids by Belgian security forces overnight, but suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdelslam is still on the run and the alert remains at the highest level, indicating that the threat of attack is serious and imminent.

FCO travel advice posted on Sunday and still current on Monday morning said: “The Brussels metro network will remain closed on 23 November, and many public events are likely to be cancelled and tourist attractions will be closed.

“Schools and universities in Brussels will also be closed and some employers are advising employees to avoid coming into the office. There is currently a heavy police and military presence, including at transport hubs and public sites.

“There may be disruption across the transport network, and Schuman station is currently closed.”

A statement on the Eurostar website said services would be running as normal to Brussels.

However, it also noted the heightened state of security, and said customers wishing to exchange tickets for another date could do so within 60 days free of charge.

Up to 1.8 million Britons visit Belgium every year.


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