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Travel advice for Irish citizens in France and Belgium has been updated

It comes amid a heightened security state in the two countries in the wake of the 13 November terror attacks in Paris.

A French police officer holds a rifle at the border between France and Belgium in Neuville-en-Ferrain.
A French police officer holds a rifle at the border between France and Belgium in Neuville-en-Ferrain.
Image: Michel Spingler

THE OFFICIAL TRAVEL advice for Irish citizens in or travelling to France and Belgium has been updated.

It comes amid a heightened security state in the two countries in the wake of the 13 November terror attacks in Paris.

It’s been confirmed that Brussels is to remain at the highest security threat level for another week due to fears of an imminent attack.

The US government has also issued a worldwide alert for its citizens, warning Americans of “increased terrorist threats”.

France

In its latest online update, yesterday, the Department of Foreign Affairs reminded Irish citizens that a state of emergency has been declared in France:

“Citizens in Paris should exercise extreme caution and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

“Irish citizens travelling within, to or from France should expect additional security measures.

“Some public buildings and spaces such as galleries, museums, shopping centres and cinemas may be closed until further notice.

“Sporting and music events may be cancelled.”

The advice continues:

Those concerned about Irish citizens in Paris can contact the Department in Dublin on 01 408 2000. Irish citizens travelling or resident in France who are in need of consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Ireland in Paris on 01441 76700 or paris@dfa.ie

fr1 Source: DFA

Belgium 

In its latest advice for Belgium, updated late on Sunday, the Department advises Irish travellers:

“The Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announced on 22 November that the maximum level of alert (level 4) will continue in the Brussels region.

“The rest of the country will remain on level 3 alert.

“The Belgian authorities continue to review the situation and Irish citizens in Belgium or intending to travel should follow the instructions of the local authorities.”

The website for Belgium’s crisis centre is http://crisiscentrum.be/fr.

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