Going to Belgium? MFA advises Singaporeans to take precautions

Going to Belgium? MFA advises Singaporeans to take precautions

“Singaporeans should remain vigilant and where possible, avoid crowded places, public gatherings, and areas where there are ongoing police operations,” the travel notice says.

SINGAPORE: Those travelling to or residing in Belgium are "strongly advised" to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Monday (Jul 18).

In a travel notice posted on its website, MFA said the precautions include monitoring the local news and heeding 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,” the notice said.

Travellers should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage, the ministry added.

The travel notice comes after a recent spate of attacks and threats in Belgium. Since the terror attacks at Brussels airport and the metro system that killed 32 people in March this year, the country has been on high alert and heightened its security measures.

On the night before Belgium's EURO 2016 game against Ireland, Belgian police also arrested at least 12 people after they were suspected of plotting new attacks in the country.

MFA also said Belgium’s National Terrorism Threat Level remains at three out of four, which indicates "a significant and probable threat" in the country. Police operations targeting terrorist operations are expected to continue.

Singaporeans are encouraged to eRegister with MFA in case of emergencies. Those in need of consular assistance can also contact the Singapore Embassy in Brussels or the MFA Duty Office 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

Source: CNA/xk

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