Traffic disruptions, engineering works and service alterationsTraffic disruptions and service alterations

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Covid-19: impact on your international train travel.Covid-19: recommendations.

SNCB is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 in Belgium and in Europe, and has been in permanent contact with the FPS Public Health since the beginning of the outbreak.

Regularly check our updates of the measures taken by the main rail carriers in relation with the coronavirus.

Please notice: for most of the rail carriers, the regular fare conditions will apply. Carefully check each fare's exchange or refund conditions.


Engineering works on 25 April: adapted schedule for ICE Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt25 April: adapted schedule for ICE Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network, the ICE trains that connect Brussels to Germany will be diverted through the conventional L36 rail line on Sunday 25 April, resulting in longer journey durations (approximately 20 minutes).

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


9 May: InterCity Netherlands not serving Schiphol-Airport.

Due to planned engineering works between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will be diverted via The Hague and Haarlem and will therefore not be serving Schiphol-Airporton Sunday 9 May 2021.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 May: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.13 to 16 May: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.

Due to planned engineering works near The Hague, InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will not be serving The Hague from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 May 2021 inclusive. The trains that usually serve The Hague will depart and terminate at Amsterdam Central (without calling at The Hague but with an intermediate stop at Schiphol Airport). 

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.29 and 30 May: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.

Due to planned engineering works near The Hague, InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will not be serving The Hague on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May 2021 inclusive. The trains that usually serve The Hague will depart and terminate at Amsterdam Central (without calling at The Hague but with an intermediate stop at Schiphol Airport). 

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


IC Namur-Maubeuge-Paris: engineering works on 30 May.

Due to planned engineering works between Namur and Charleroi, the Intercity trains connecting Namur, Maubeuge and Paris will only operate from and to Charleroi-Sud on Sunday 30 May 2021. The Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection will be operated as usual.


No trains between Mons and Aulnoye on 5 and 6 June.

Due to planned engineering works, no trains will be running between Mons and Aulnoye (F) on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 June. Passengers who want to connect Mons and Paris with the Intercity Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection can travel via Charleroi and Maubeuge.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


10 and 11 July: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam terminating at Breda.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch rail network on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 July 2021, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Breda

Passengers to Rotterdam, The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Breda and make use of other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Breda. This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.17 and 18 July: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.

Due to planned engineering works near The Hague, InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will not be serving The Hague on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July 2021. The trains that usually serve The Hague will depart and terminate at Amsterdam Central (without calling at The Hague but with an intermediate stop at Schiphol Airport). 

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


Possible security checks at Brussels-Midi, Antwerp-Central and Liège-Guillemins.

Since July 2017, security checks for passengers travelling on high-speed trains (Thalys, TGV or ICE) have been introduced in the train stations of Brussels-Midi, Antwerp-Central and Liège-Guillemins. Part of a series of measures implemented by the government, these checks are non-systematic and non-permanent and are carried out by authorised security personnel.

Taking into account that you may be subject to the above mentioned security checks, we ask that Thalys, TGV and ICE travellers anticipate a safe time margin and make their way to the platform sufficiently on time.

Travellers are also reminded that they must not be in possession of items that could endanger their fellow passengers.

Feel free to contact us for further information about your journey.


Important notice for entering the UK.

  • A negative PCR test of max. 72 hours will be required before embarking for all travellers aged 11 years and more entering the UK (including British citizens and residents) from outside the common travel area (UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, and Ireland). Test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted, and you must provide the original test result certificate. Please check the website of the British government for the full regulations about these tests.
  • To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online Public Health Passenger Locator form before arrival in the United Kingdom.
  • All travellers must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK unless they are exempted. If you have traveled to a country on the red list established by the British government in the last 10 days, your quarantine period must be done in one of the quarantine hotels provided for this purpose by the British authorities. Your hotel must be reserved before your departure. Please see the UK government site for more info on quarantine. Please check the list of exempted countries before travelling, as well as the list of work related exemptions if you travel for professional reasons.
  • All travelers are required to be re-tested on days 2 and 8 of their quarantine. These tests must be booked before your departure. Please read more information about the quarantine and tests.
  • Self-isolated travellers can shorten their isolation period by means of the Test to Release programme.
  • It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.

IMPORTANT – passengers are required to enter the booking reference for their day 2 and 8 quarantine COVID tests on their Passenger Locator Form. Passengers must ensure that they enter the testing INVOICE number. This 7-digit number is issued in a second and separate email after the booking confirmation. Unfortunately, Passenger Locator Forms will not be accepted by the UK authorities without the invoice number and passengers will not be able to travel.

Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. If you have booked Eurostar tickets on behalf of other people, you are also responsible for ensuring all members of their party are aware of these requirements and have completed the form.

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