All Belgian banks will be closed from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April, said the Belgian Financial Sector Federation (Febelfin) on Tuesday.
Digital payments will, however, still be perfectly possible on those days via bank card or smartphone.
Febelfin advises everyone to plan their money transfers ahead of time in order to avoid unpleasant surprises or delays.
“If you make a digital transfer (“virement par voie numérique”), your beneficiary’s bank will normally receive this transfer one business day after your own bank has processed it. Due to the extended weekend, however, such a payment may well be postponed. From Friday, April 19 until Monday, April 22 no such payments will be processed,” said Febelfin.
In the case of instant money transfers (“virements instantanés”), however, payments will still be processed instantaneously. (Such money transfers are, in fact, invariably done immediately, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, regardless of whether it is a weekend or a public holiday).