Following the terror attacks in Brussels, employers with foreign employees in Belgium should be mindful of the following:
- Ensure that all employees - both Belgian and foreign nationals - carry proper documentation when travelling;
- Once Zaventem-Brussels International Airport and other transportation hubs reopen, employees travelling through Belgium should be prepared for close scrutiny and delays;
- Belgian government offices are closed and many services are suspended in the wake of the attacks. The suspension of Belgian postal services could delay the delivery of both Belgian and Dutch immigration documents. As a result, foreign employees awaiting the approval of applications for extensions of stay and work authorization may experience delays. Contact your designated immigration professional to discuss the impact of these delays on the immigration status and work authorization of foreign employees in Belgium and the Netherlands.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Employers sending employees to Belgium should plan for the security of their workforce and should advise those travelling through Brussels to expect delays.