Belgium is grinding to a halt today as three unions go on strike. Workers are calling for a better national minimum wage and more social benefits.

Belgian airspace is closed to all flights below 8,000 metres for 24 hours, from 22:00 on Tuesday until 22:00 on Wednesday, as air traffic controllers take part in the strike. No commercial flights will be taking off from or landing in Belgium during the strike, thought government, military and emergency flights will be allowed.

Travel advice

  • Contact your airline or rail company before you set off to confirm the status of your journey. If there are delays or disruption, consider contacting you travel insurance provider as well. 
  • Expect delays with all travel and allow extra time for journeys. Where possible, avoid travel. 
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family.

Official travel advice

From the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

A number of trade unions have called for a national strike in all sectors starting at 10pm on Tuesday 12 February and ending at 10pm on Wednesday 13 February. The strike is likely to cause disruption to public services and transport. You should check with your transport operator before travel, and follow local news providers for further information.

Due to the strike, Belgian airspace has been closed and there will be few, if any, flights operating on Wednesday 13 February. You should contact your tour operator or airline for information on alternative options if travelling to or from Belgium.

Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.

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