UK Foreign Office issues travel and security advice following attacks at Brussels airport and metro

The UK foreign office has issued the following advice for those travelling to and from Belgium as of 22 March.

Brussels, Belgium
There have been explosions at Zaventum International Airport in Brussels on 22 March. If you are affected by the incident follow the instructions of Belgian security authorities. Please contact your airline for information about flight arrivals and departures to and from Brussels.There have been reports of a second explosion in central Brussels. You should stay away from crowded places and avoid public transport at this time.British officials in Brussels are being given the same advice to avoid crowded places and the public transport network.The Belgian Crisis Centre has given the Belgian telephone number 0032 2753 7300 for concerned family/friends or 1171 for general enquiries.The Belgian government has placed the whole of Belgium at threat level 3 – a possible and real threat. You should remain alert and vigilant, especially in places where there's a high concentration of people. Follow the advice of local authorities and respect security controls. You can find more information on the Belgian Crisis Centre website and Twitter feed.There have been a number of police raids and arrests in the Brussels region and other Belgian cities in recent weeks. Belgian security operations are likely to be carried out at short notice. If you're in an affected area you should follow the instructions of the Belgian security authorities. Police have asked the public not to comment on police operations on social media. Police operations are likely to continue in Forest and Brussels; you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.Public events and busy public areas across Belgium are likely to see additional security. Some public events may be cancelled and some tourist attractions closed. Contact event organisers for information on whether specific events are going ahead.If you need to contact the emergency services in Belgium call 112.Source: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium

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