Brussels bombing: What it means for travel to the area

Posted: 23 March 2016 8:52 am
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Belgium is on lockdown as the Australian Government raises its advisory to "reconsider your need to travel".

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    A series of explosions have rocked the Belgian capitol of Brussels, with early reports of at least 30 dead and over 200 hundred wounded.

    The Australian Government travel advisory service Smartraveller, has raised its advice for Australian's travelling to Brussels from exercise a "High degree of caution" to "Reconsider your need to travel". This warning comes as Belgium increased its National Threat Level to Level 4 of 4.

    The first explosion went off at 8am local time in the departure hall of the Belgium International airport. Moments later a second device was detonated. These explosions have left at least ten people dead and close to 100 wounded.

    Close to an hour after the initial blasts at the airport, a second attack was launched at Maalbeek Metro station. The explosion at the Metro took a further 20 lives and left over 100 more injured.

    The Maalbeek Metro station is located in the heart of Brussels close to the European Union headquarters.

    The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Belgium.

    Brussels had been bracing itself for reprisals after the terror raids last week in which suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed and alleged conspiracy member Salah Abdeslam was arrested.

    Travel halts

    According to a statement released by Brussels Airlines, Belgian capital's Zaventem airport is "closed until further notice".

    Along with the closure of Zaventem airport, Eurostar has suspended services to Brussels-Midi station and all public transport has been closed. The European Commission is urging those in Belgium to stay home or inside buildings.

    Contact details: Australian Embassy, Brussels

    Mailing address:
    Level 7, Avenue des Arts/Kunstlaan 56
    1000 Brussels,
    BELGIUM
    Telephone: +32 2 286 0500
    Fax: +32 2 286 0576
    Email: austemb.brussels@dfat.gov.au
    Website: www.belgium.embassy.gov.au

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