MFA issues travel notice to Belgium, urges Singaporeans to 'take all necessary precautions'

Tourists walk at the Grand Place during a hot and sunny day in Brussels, Belgium.
Tourists walk at the Grand Place during a hot and sunny day in Brussels, Belgium.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has strongly advised Singaporeans travelling to, or staying in, Belgium to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety.

In a travel notice posted on its website on Monday (July 18), MFA said Singaporeans should monitor the local news and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

"Singaporeans should remain vigilant and where possible, avoid crowded places, public gatherings, and areas where there are ongoing police operations. They should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage," the notice added.

 
 

Currently, Belgium's National Terrorism Threat Level remains at three out of four, which indicates a significant and probable threat in the country.

Last month, Belgian police nabbed 12 suspects in a major anti-terror raid. The suspects had plotted to attack crowded areas in Brussels during weekend football matches. Police operations targeting terrorist operations are expected to continue.

Belgium is on high alert after a recent spate of deadly attacks in Europe, including the deadly truck attack in the French city of Nice on Bastille Day. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said last Friday (July 15) security would be beefed up for the country's upcoming national day on July 21.

MFA added that Singaporeans are encouraged to eRegister with it at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so that it may contact them if the need arises.

Those in need of urgent consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Brussels or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours) at:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Brussels

85 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Telephone: +32 2 660 2979

Email: consvc@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)

Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Tel: +65 6379 8800 / 8855

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg