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.


23 and 24 January: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021, most InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will exceptionally depart and terminate at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord station (instead of Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid as usual).

Consequently, IC Netherlands trains (except for trains n° 9211, 9219, 9223, 9264, 9268, 9272, 9691 and 9698) will not be serving Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal this weekend. Many connections to/from other Brussels stations are available at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord.

As an additional consequence of these engineering works, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Mechelen either. 

Besides, most IC Netherlands trains will not be operating between Rotterdam and Amsterdam either. Travellers to/from The Hague, Schiphol-Airport or Amsterdam can change trains at Rotterdam Central Station and use other trains operated by NS, the Dutch national railway company.

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


30 and 31 January: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 January 2021, most InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will exceptionally depart and terminate at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord station (instead of Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid as usual).

Consequently, IC Netherlands trains (except for trains n° 9211, 9219, 9223, 9264, 9268, 9272, 9691 and 9698) will not be serving Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal this weekend. Many connections to/from other Brussels stations are available at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord.

As an additional consequence of these engineering works, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Mechelen either. 

Besides, most IC Netherlands trains will not be operating between Rotterdam and Amsterdam either. Travellers to/from The Hague, Schiphol-Airport or Amsterdam can change trains at Rotterdam Central Station and use other trains operated by NS, the Dutch national railway company.

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


6 and 7 February 2021: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 Fenruary 2021 included, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Rotterdam Central

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Breda or Rotterdam and make use of other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains. 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.


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.

  • To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online Public Health Passenger Locator form before arrival in the United Kingdom.
  • As from Monday 18 January 2021, a negative PCR test of max. 72 hours will be required before embarking for all travellers aged 11 years and more entering the UK. 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.
  • Travellers may be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK. Currently travellers are required to self-isolate when arriving in the UK from France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Please check the list of exemptions before travelling, as this list can change at short notice.
  • It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.

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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