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.


Strike in the Netherlands on Wednesday 21 September: travel possible with change in Breda.Strike in the Netherlands on 21 September: change trains in Breda.

Due to a strike of a part of the Dutch train staff, the Intercity Netherlands that connects Brussels with Amsterdam/The Hague will only operate between Brussels and Breda on Wednesday 22 September 2021. From Breda, passengers can continue their journey in the Netherlands with trains of the Dutch domestic network.

Tickets for 22 September can nevertheless be exchanged or refunded at no costs.

Exceptionally, tickets for the Intercity Netherlands (via Hazeldonk/Breda) can also be used on connections via Roosendaal or Visé/Maastricht, which will be operated as usual.

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21 to 25 September: ICE trains calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf.

Due to engineering works on the German rail network from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 September 2021, ICE trains from Brussels to Frankfurt (only in this direction) will be diverted around Cologne. As a consequence, these trains will not be serving Köln Hbf main station as usual, but will be calling at Köln-Ehrenfeld station instead (in the North-West of the city centre).

In the other directions, ICE trains from Frankfurt to Brussels keep serving Köln Hbf as usual.

Please check the adapted schedules in our journey planner.


2 and 3 October: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October 2021, 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.


IC Namur-Maubeuge-Paris: engineering works on 2 and 3 October.

Due to planned engineering works between Namur and Charleroi, the Intercity trains connecting Namur, Maubeuge and Paris will not be operating on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October 2021. The Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection will be operated as usual.


Saturday 9 October: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 9 October 2021, 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.


IC Namur-Maubeuge-Paris: engineering works on 9 and 10 October.

Due to planned engineering works between Namur and Charleroi, the Intercity trains connecting Namur, Maubeuge and Paris will not be operating on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October 2021. The Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection will be operated as usual.


16 and 17 October: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October 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, most IC Netherlands trains 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. 

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 16 and 17 October.

Due to planned engineering works between Namur and Charleroi, the Intercity trains connecting Namur, Maubeuge and Paris will not be operating on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October 2021. The Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection will be operated as usual.


23 and 24 October: InterCity Brussels-Amsterdam terminating at Breda.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch rail network on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October 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.


30 and 31 October: 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 October 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, most IC Netherlands trains 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. 

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


13 and 14 November: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November 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, most IC Netherlands trains 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. 

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


Thalys journeys after 11 December: booking possible as from 27 September.

Every year in mid-December, different European rail companies - including Thalys - simultaneously amend their train services, with new timetables taking effect more or less throughout Europe.

Thalys journeys from 12 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 will be available for booking from Monday 27 September.


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.

Eurostar has revised their timetables and are operating a limited number of trains:

  • 1 train a day in both directions between London, Brussels and Amsterdam
  • 1 train a day in both directions between London and Paris (2 trains as from 18 May 2021)

Wearing a face mask on Eurostar is obligatory. Please read the information below about travelling from and to the UK.

Travelling to the United Kingdom.

The applicable measures when travelling to the UK depend on the colour code of  the country where you arrive from as defined by the UK authorities.

France, Belgium and the Netherlands are classed as amber countries. Amber list rules will also apply for anyone travelling from Germany who is connecting in Brussels or Paris.

However, if you have been in or through a ‘red list’ country in the 10 days prior to your arrival in the UK you will not be permitted to travel by Eurostar to the UK (as the UK Government has implemented specific rules for people travelling from a red list country, including requiring travel via a designated airport and mandatory hotel quarantine - see below).

Essential information to enter England from overseas

Everyone entering England from overseas (including UK nationals and residents) must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days prior to direct departure to England.

Fill in your Passenger Location Form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your Passenger Locator Form.

Before departure check the list of red, amber and red countries as the list can change regularly.

Red list passengers

You can only enter if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. You must enter through a designated port of entry and quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days.

  1. Book a managed quarantine package
  2. Fill in the Passenger Location Form.

Amber list passengers fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arriving in England

  1. Book a test for day 2.
  2. Fill in the Passenger Location Form.

Amber list passengers who are NOT fully vaccinated

  1. Book tests for day 2 and 8.
  2. Fill in the Passenger Location Form.
  3. Make plans to self-quarantine in private accommodation for 10 full days after arrival (or full duration of stay if less than 10 days).

Green list passengers

  1. Book a test for day 2.
  2. Fill in the Passenger Location Form

These measures apply to all persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area comprising the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. The British Overseas Territories are not in the common travel area.

Public health requirements may vary depending upon in which nation of the UK you’re staying:

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. There are a limited set of exemptions from these measures. Check the list of exemptions carefully. You may be fined if you fraudulently claim an exemption.

Extended Eurostar check-in

NOTICE: due to travel restrictions linked to Covid-19 and different entry conditions for each country, Eurostar check-in times are temporarily longer than usual. Eurostar asks their passengers to arrive at the station 90 to 120 minutes before departure (45 to 60 minutes for Business Premier passengers). Depending on your departure station, the access gates are closing 30 or 45 minutes before departure (10 or 20 minutes for Business Premier passengers).

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