A strike on Belgian railways will mean no Thalys trains will run on the Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam-Cologne network on Monday.

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Disruption on Eurostar and Thalys trains

A strike on Belgian railways will mean no Thalys trains will run on the Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam-Cologne network on Monday.

Disruption on Eurostar and Thalys trains
Piotr Kazmierczak

All Eurostar trains due to cross Belgium on Monday will also be cancelled.

The Belgian rail network will be shut from 10pm on Sunday (2100 GMT) until 11.59pm on January 30th, the two high-speed rail operators said.

“It’s almost certain that there will not be a single Eurostar running across Belgium on Monday,” said a spokesman.

Travellers on Eurostar trains between London and Brussels — where European Union leaders are also staging a summit on Monday — can take replacement buses between Brussels and Lille near the French border, he added.

Passengers are advised not to travel and to check for updates covering London departures timetabled for late on Sunday evening. Tuesday’s services are expected to run normally, he said.

Eurostar and Thalys each advised passengers with tickets that they may be reimbursed, Thalys spelling out for the Sunday and the Tuesday also.

Thalys said there will be a “total interruption” of traffic “right through the day,” with a risk of delays also flagged for Sunday evening and Tuesday morning, it said.

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Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

The UK is set to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions in what the government described as a "landmark moment".

Travel in Europe: UK to scrap all Covid travel rules

Testing is no longer required for vaccinated travellers, but the UK government has announced that it will scrap all Covid-19 travel rules on Friday, March 18th.

“As one of the first major economies to remove all its remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is a landmark moment for passengers and the travel and aviation sector,” said the Government in a press release. 

From 4am on March 18th:

  • Passengers going to the UK will no longer be required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form before travel;
  • Passengers who are not vaccinated will not be required to take a pre-departure Covid test, or a Day 2 test following arrival. Fully vaccinated travellers are already exempt from having to do this;
  • Hotel quarantine for travellers coming from ‘red list’ countries, of which there are currently none, will also be scrapped by the end of the month. 

“We will continue monitoring and tracking potential new variants, and keep a reserve of measures which can be rapidly deployed if needed to keep us safe,” said UK Health Minister Sajid Javid. 

The UK has lifted all Covid-related rules including mask rules and mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for Covid.

Some European countries still have Covid restrictions in place for unvaccinated people coming from the UK. 

Until March 18th

Until the new rules come into effect, all travellers are required to fill out a passenger locator form. 

Unvaccinated travellers are also required to take pre-departure test and a test on or before Day 2 following their arrival. 

The UK border officers will recognise proof of vaccination provided with an EU Covid Certificate.

For the UK “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your final dose of a EMA/FDA or Swiss approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 

After a period of confusion, the UK government says that it will accept mixed doses administered in the EU (eg one dose of AstraZeneca and one of Pfizer).

However people who have only had a single dose after previously recovering from Covid – which is standard practice in some European countries – are not accepted as vaccinated by the UK.

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