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

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With SNCB International, get all the latest info on rail traffic in Europe, in particular on direct connections from and to Belgium.

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.


Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August: InterCity Netherlands not serving The Hague.14 and 15 August: 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 14 and Sunday 15 August 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.


No trains between Mons and Aulnoye from 14 August to 19 September.

Due to planned engineering works, no trains will be running between Mons and Aulnoye-Aymeries (F) from Saturday 14 August to Sunday 19 September 2021. 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.


21 and 22 August: 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-Airport on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August 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.


18 and 19 September: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2021, InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will be diverted via Roosendaal and terminate at Rotterdam Central.

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in 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.


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.


9 and 10 October: InterCity Netherlands terminating at Rotterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch railway network on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 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.


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.

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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