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Coronavirus Information & Support (No Politics)

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adminee
3/20/2020 12:48 EST


This new thread is intended for non-political posts about coronavirus. Please share information that will help other expats in your area and elsewhere in Belgium. This is vital. Share updates on hospitals and other testing locations, business and school closures, government updates, locked down areas, travel restrictions, where to get food, medications and other necessities.



Please also use this thread as a place to support one another in these uncertain and stressful times. There are expats on this forum (many of whom read and don't post) who are living alone and very far from family. A few kind words can make a difference in someone's day. If you want to debate the politics of how the situation is being handled in your country and other countries, PLEASE keep that off of this thread.



I lived in NYC on 9/11 and remember with humbling clarity how people came together at that time. That event changed me forever and thinking of it always bring tears to my eyes, but the kindness of strangers is what I remember most. When you look back at this time one day, you will remember the kindness of strangers. Please be kind.

adminee
3/26/2020 19:55 EST


US Embassy Update - Last Flight from Brussels to USA this Saturday

Note: This information will continue to be sent regularly for the benefit of new registrants in STEP. We will be sure to highlight any new information from previous emails.


U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline – the U.S. Embassy cannot make individual flight arrangements on your behalf.


According to current information, United Airlines is operating the only direct flight to the United States from Belgium – a daily nonstop between Brussels and Newark. The last scheduled service will be on Saturday, March 28. After that, commercial flights on a variety of carriers are expected to continue out of London, United Kingdom, Frankfurt, Germany, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, although many travelers have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.


U.S. Embassy Brussels has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website: https://be.usembassy.gov/. We are updating our website constantly during the pandemic to provide you with the latest information.


There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belgium and the government has implemented measures to reduce the spread of the virus. Citizens are required to stay at home in order to avoid contact outside their immediate family, except for essential travel, such as for food and medical needs, as well as for physical activity. Visit the local government COVID-19 website https://www.info-coronavirus.be/ and http://www.crisiscentrum.be/ for updated information.

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