Official Travel Advice for Belgium
Summary and Safety and security section - This advice has been reviewed with editorial amendments
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.
Up to 1.8 million British nationals visit Belgium every year. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out travel and medical insurance before you travel.
Travelling via Calais? Check our travel advice for France.
If you’re currently living in, or moving, to Belgium visit our Living in Belgium guide, in addition to this travel advice.
Demonstrations often take place in Brussels, including around transport hubs and the Schuman area. While the vast majority of demonstrations are peaceful, there is a risk of isolated incidents of unrest or violence. If you’re in and around areas where demonstrations are taking place, remain vigilant and move away quickly if there are signs of disorder. Some demonstrations can affect access to the British Embassy and the British Consulate General and cause travel disruption in central Brussels. For regular updates on any disruption, you can check local news, the Belgian Railways website (train and metro travel) and the HERE map website (road travel).
Theft and pick pocketing is a problem in crowded areas. Take care of your belongings and passports at all train stations in Brussels. See Crime
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Belgium. Attacks could happen anywhere, including on public transport and transport hubs and in other places visited by foreigners. See Terrorism
Security operations are likely to be carried out at short notice. You should remain vigilant and follow the instructions of the Belgian authorities. Police have asked the public not to comment on police operations on social media. You can find more information on the Belgian Crisis Centre website and Twitter channel.
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 112.
There are low emission zones in Antwerp. UK vehicles with 4 wheels require vehicle registration and payment of a small tariff. The Brussels region introduced a low emission zone on 1 January 2018. You can find more information at Low Emission Zone.
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.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
If you’re travelling to Belgium to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Belgium after EU Exit.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Belgium
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Visitors/Tourists: 7,494,000 in 2011
French (official language) 38%