Taiwan issues travel warning for Belgium following terror alert

By Ko Lin

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday issued a travel advisory for citizens planning to travel to Belgium following the terrorist attacks on Paris last week.

The ministry said it is signaling a “yellow” travel advisory for Belgium, warning people to exercise caution and to consider the postponement of such travel plans.

“Republic of China nationals are advised to exercise caution in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities,” the advisory read.

Under Taiwan’s four-color system, the lowest level is gray, followed by yellow, orange, and red, the highest warning level, which advises people to refrain from traveling to the country or area in question.

On Saturday, Belgian authorities sounded a terror alert for the city of Brussels, raising threat level to highest amid warnings of “imminent attack” by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

According to a report by The Telegraph, Belgian authorities are hunting at least two terrorists in Brussels, fearing one could be a suicide bomber.

Details of what led to the terror alert emerged after a day in which the city was locked down because of what was described as an imminent threat, reports said.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry cautioned R.O.C. nationals already in Belgium to practice vigilance and to avoid places where large groups of people congregate, including shopping centers, large-scale outdoor activities, bus stations, and so forth.

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(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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