Demonstrations are commonplace in Belgium. They occur nearly every day in Brussels and may range in number from a few people to several thousand. Prior police approval is required for public demonstrations, and police routinely provide oversight. Nonetheless, situations may develop which could pose a threat to public safety. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
For further information about security in Belgium:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Belgium Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, located at Blvd du Regent 25, at (+32)(0)2-811.4300, Mon-Fri: 8.00 a.m.-10.00 a.m. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+32) (0) 2-811- 400.
- Call 1-888- 407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202- 501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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