Security Message for U.S. Citizens:
Report of Explosions at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek Metro
March 22, 2016
Preliminary reports indicate one or more explosive devices have gone off at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro. The U.S. Embassy recommends sheltering in place and avoiding all public transportation. We will update with further information when available.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that Belgium is at a threat rating of Level 4, or “serious and imminent attack.” Such events can take place with little or no notice; therefore U.S. citizens are urged to:
• Be aware of local events,
• Follow local authority instructions
• Monitor local media further developments and,
• Take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security.
For further information:
•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, which is located at Blvd du Regent 27, B-1000 in Brussels and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except U.S. federal and Belgian holidays). If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S, Embassy is: 02-811-4000. To contact the Consulate General, please e-mail us at USCitizenBrussels@state.gov.
•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).