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France & Belgium travel updates

Source:

ETOA

Date:

19 Nov, 2015

France 

The situation in Paris remains in flux, but our understanding is that nearly all of the main attractions are now open, and that there are no abnormal restrictions on coach access within the city. Further information can be found here: http://pro.visitparisregion.com/en/Destination-guide/Places-opened

As the French Government has ordered trips conducted by French schoolchildren to be cancelled until next week (22nd of November), a number of other countries are following their lead.

The US State Department has issued no specific travel advisories following on from these attacks, beyond re-emphasising the “Worldwide Caution” it issued on 29th July concerning ISIL threats. Further information specifically concerning the situation in Paris is posted on the website of the US Embassy in Paris on http://france.usembassy.gov/service.html

Border checks are no in force for all travellers arriving in France, but beyond the checks taking place, we have had no reports of any further restrictions on visitors.

Belgium 

The Flanders Tourism Office has asked us to send out this communiqué:

“Following the attacks in Paris and subsequent police investigations in Belgium, a number of countries ask their citizens to be extra vigilant when travelling to Europe and Belgium.

Apart from extra police presence in Brussels, all tourist events and activities in Belgium take place as normal: attractions and museums are open and all transportation services, both national and international, are running as normal. The airports and public buildings are open and all tourist events will go ahead as planned.

Wallonie-Bruxelles Tourisme, Visit Brussels and VISITFLANDERS monitor the situation closely. We have complete confidence in Belgian security services and are convinced that the authorities will do everything in their power to safeguard the security of all visitors.

Contact your local authorities for the latest updates on travel advice."

If you have any further questions, please contact info@visitflanders.com, info@wbtourisme.be, info@visit.brussels or jl.vandewiele@visit.brussels (for MICE operators).


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