Explosions reported in Brussels

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Guest Writer
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Two explosions have been reported at the Zaventum International Airport and Maelbeek Underground station in Brussels (22 March).

Both of the explosions have taken place close to the city’s EU institutions and the Belgian government has put the country at the maximum terror threat level.

Everyone in Brussels is being advised to remain vigilant, avoid crowded places and refrain from using the public transport network. Anyone affected by the incident is being instructed to follow the directions of Belgian security authorities.

Travel advice

Brussels Airport has confirmed that all flights arriving and departing have been cancelled and Eurostar has also stated that trains to the city have been suspended.

The FCO advice is for any travellers to check the status of their flights and trains before travelling. Customers due to arrive and/or depart from Brussels today are advised to carry essential items such as medication, baby formula, nappies etc. and items such as books or game to keep their children occupied in their hand luggage.

You can view the most recent travel advice in full here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/belgium.

Further information and contacts

The Belgian Crisis Centre has given the Belgian telephone number 0032 2753 7300 for concerned family/friends or 1171 for general enquiries.

Follow the advice of local authorities and respect security controls.

For information relating to the Eurostar, the contact number is: 03432 186 186.

Staysure has the following advice for its customers

Customers who were planning to travel to Brussels:

  • Customers are advised to check with their airline to ensure flights are still running before they purchase insurance to travel today (22 March) or in the next few days.

Customers who have already purchased holiday and insurance:

  • Customers who wish to cancel or curtail their holiday already abroad should contact their Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator as a first port of call.
  • As the FCO has yet to issue any advice against travelling to Brussels or Belgium, Staysure customers are advised to refer to the terms and conditions in their policy if they wish to cancel or curtail their holiday, have abandoned their travel arrangements or been delayed.

Customers who are currently in Brussels / Belgium:

  • Any Staysure customers directly involved in any of the reported incidents who have sustained injuries are likely to receive treatment under the European Health Insurance Card scheme. In this circumstance, customers are advised to contact Assistance Services on (+44) 1403 288 414 who will handle claims and any repatriation if required.

All travel insurance provided by Staysure is subject to agreement from our underwriter. Terms and Conditions apply, details of which can be found within the