Thieves operate in the vicinity of the Brussels Gare du Midi/Zuidstation (Eurostar terminal), Gare du Nord and Schuman (the EU quarter). There have been several serious muggings in the vicinity of the two stations at night time.
There were disturbances in the Marolles area of south-central Brussels by protesters on 25 and 26 September 2006, following the death of a young man of North African origin in police custody.
While the situation is now calm, travellers should be careful if visiting the area particularly after dark.
There have been two reported incidences of rabies in Belgium in 2007. The authorities have indicated that there is no cause for alarm but travellers should seek medical advice before travelling and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 0845 850 2829.
US Department of State
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of Belgium in the USA
3330 Garfield Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 333 6900.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1200; visa info by phone 0930-1200 and 1400-1600.
Belgian Tourist Office in the USA
220 East 42nd Street, Suite 3402, New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: (212) 758 8130.
Toerisme Vlaanderen in the UK (Tourism Flanders - Brussels)
Flanders House, 1A Cavendish Square, London W1G 0LD, UK
Tel: (020) 7307 7738 or 0800 954 5245 (brochure request line).
British Embassy in Belgium
British Embassy, Avenue d'Auderghem 10 Oudergemlaan, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: (2) 287 6211.
Opening hours: (Embassy) Mon-Fri 0900-1730; (Consular) Mon-Fri 0830-1230, Wed 1400-1600; (Visa) Mon-Fri 0900-1130.
Embassy of Belgium in the UK
17 Grosvenor Crescent, London SW1X 7EE, UK.
Tel: (020) 7470 3700 (general enquiries) or 0871 3760023 (visa enquiries, 0830-1200).
www.diplomatie.be/london (general) or www.vfs-be-uk.com (visa information).
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; (visa) 0830-1200 (applications), 1400-1500 (collections).
Office de Promotion du Tourisme in the UK (Belgian Tourist Office – Brussels & Wallonia)
217 Marsh Wall, London E14 9FJ, UK
Tel: (020) 7537 1132 or 0800 954 5245 (brochure request line).