UK Holidaymakers To Belgium Warned To ‘Remain Vigilant’

UK Holidaymakers To Belgium Warned To ‘Remain Vigilant’

UK holidaymakers travelling to Belgium are being urged to “remain vigilant” due to an increase in organised crime and a “high threat” of a terrorist strike.

Belgium is a popular destination for city breaks as it is just over an hour away from the UK but there are fresh warnings about violent crime and the threat of terrorism.

Holidaymakers in Belgium have been warned by the UK government to “remain vigilant” amidst the ongoing threat of organised crime.

“There are regular incidents of violent crime among organised crime gangs involved in drug trafficking, particularly in Antwerp, Brussels and other large cities.”

UK authorities

British tourists are not being specifically targeted but the advice is that they should exercise caution when visiting Belgium. 

If UK tourists see anything “suspicious” they have been warned to report it to the local authorities. For emergency assistance, British tourists are urged to call 101 directly.

Concerning terrorism, the Foreign Office warns that terrorists are “very likely to carry out attacks in Belgium”.

“There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times. UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.”

UK Website

It warns that terrorism attacks “could be indiscriminate” including in places “frequented by foreign nationals” such as on public transport, in national and international transport hubs, in international institutions, in places of worship, and in other places visited by foreigners. 

For further information on safety and security for British nationals in Belgium, including terrorism, demonstrations and strikes, transport, laws and cultural differences, and crime, holidaymakers can check out gov.uk

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