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  • What has occurred on the 22nd of March?

    Brussels has been startled by two terrorist attacks. The first one happened in Brussels Airport in Zaventem and was followed by a second attack, in the metro station Maelbeek.

  • What are the security measures taken?

    Following the attacks perpetrated on Tuesday 22 March 2016, the OCAM (Coordination Unit for Threat Assessment) immediately raised the level of threat to 4 on a scale of 4, which meant that the threat was serious and imminent. Exceptional measures were directly taken to ensure safety of all and emergency services for the victims. On Thursday March 24, the OCAM reevaluated the situation and the level of risk was reduced to level 3 nationwide, meaning that the threat is serious, possible and likely and that all the resources of the various authorities to limit the terrorist threat on the territory are still mobilized.

  • Transportation
    After an analysis of the situation and a consultation of all security actors concerned, the following measures are, as of now, adopted :

    • Train Stations :
      Random controls at the entrance of the 11 biggest train stations in the country
    • Public transportation:
      Military and Police presence in the subway and on the surface network
      Random controls are also organised in the subway stations
    • Brussels Airport :
      On top of the usual security rules, other controls will take place. First, there’s a car and passenger screening on the access road. In the temporary departure hall an additional police control and ID and boarding pass control will take place. Only travelers can access the temporary departure halls.
    • Other security measures :
      Extraordinary police and military reinforcement are still deployed in Brussels and in Belgium.
      Brussels touristic actors are implementing specific measures to secure access to their venues.
    • Those extraordinary measures are taken in order to reinforce security in the city. However they do not impact the quality of stay of foreign tourists in Brussels and Belgium.
      For more information, visit the DG Crisis Centre website: www.centredecrise.be or call +32 (0)78 15 17 71 (sercice accessible from 8am to 10 pm Brussels Time)
  • What is the situation at Brussels Airport?

    • The departures hall, which was severely damaged by the 22 March attacks, was for the most part repaired and is partially open again.
      On 2 May, 26 airlines returned to the main departures hall, whereas other airlines will continue to use the temporary check-in hall on the bus station level.
      > Click here to find out at which hall you are to check in
      Extra security measures to ensure your safety:
      On top of the usual security measures, additional controls will take place.
      First, all cars and their passengers will be screened on the A201 access road to the airport.
      Before passengers are allowed into the main and temporary departure halls, an additional police control and ID and boarding pass control will take place. Only the actual passengers are admitted, the people who come to see them off are not allowed in this zone.
    • More information can be found here : https://www.brusselsairport.be/
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • Will there be a lockdown in Brussels?
      There will be no lockdown of Brussels this time. Public administration, schools, shopping malls and markets are open.
    • Is it possible to use public transportation in Brussels?
      All 4 subway lines are operated again including station Maelbeek under a normal schedule. Access to the subway stations are controlled by the security services and only 1 or 2 entrances are accessible in each station..
      Trams and buses are operated normally.
      For more information about Public Transports: www.stib.be
    • Is it possible to take the train to and from Brussels?
      Security in the main train stations has been reinforced but national and international trains are coming in and out Brussels. The main train operators (Thalys, Eurostar, SNCB…) recommend to arrive at least 1h prior to your departure.
    • Are venues, hotels and touristic places open?
      Venues and hotels are open and welcome their visitors with extra care for security. Most touristic places and museums are open again.
      For specific questions regarding security measures in the venue you are using for your event/conference/fair, please contact your project manager.
      For more information about the Brussels Museums, go on visit.brussels website: www.visit.brussels 
    • Are cultural and sport events cancelled?
      There is no official statement from the Belgian authorities asking Brussels to cancel meetings, shows and events in the city.
    • Are congresses, conferences and fairs maintained?
      The terrorist attacks that hit Brussels do not mean that the city is not able to host international events anymore. In spite of these very difficult moment, Brussels remains a hotspot for international meetings, fairs, congresses and events. So participants and organizers can always count on Brussels’ very high hospitality skills, combined with an exceptionally strong attention to their safety in the city.
    • Key contacts:
      Visit.brussels:
    • Congress/fairs organisers in need of information or support can contact Elisabeth Van Ingelgem: e.vaningelgem@visit.brussels or +32(0)2 549 50 51
      Public events organisers in need of information or support can contact Micha Kapetanovic: m.kapetanovic@visit.brussels or +32 2 551 54 84
    • DG Crisis Centre website: www.centredecrise.be
    • For more information about Brussels Airport, visit their website: www.brusselsairport.be
    • For more information about Trains: www.belgianrail.be
    • For more information about Public Transports: www.stib.be
      Emergency Numbers:  
    • European emergency number: 112
    • Fire and ambulance services: 100
    • Police emergencies: 101
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