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Security Alert: Brussels (Belgium), World Cup Viewing Areas

Europe > Belgium

Location:  throughout Belgium


Event:  Belgium has created viewing areas for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Large-scale international events such as the World Cup present an attractive target for terrorists.  Although security may be extensive around the viewing areas, terrorists may seek to attack the public FanFest viewing areas, tourist sites, transportation hubs, and other public venues.


U.S. citizens should be prepared for:

  • Police presence in and around public viewing areas, cafes/bars, transportations networks, hotels, vehicle checkpoints, and major tourist sites.
  • Large crowds in and around public viewing areas.
  • Traffic street closures in and around public viewing areas.


Actions to Take:

  • Carry your passport or another official form of identification at all times,
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.



·         Contact the U.S. Embassy in Belgium, located at 27 Blvd du Regent, 1000.

+32 (2) 811 4000, 9:00am – 6:00pmMonday through Friday.

After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +32 (2) 811 4000.


·         Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).


·         See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and country page.


·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 


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