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Since November, passengers on the Eurostar from Brussels to other Schengen destinations (Lille or Calais) now check in and clear security in a different area.

From the Eurostar conditions of carriage

Check-in at Brussels-Midi for your journey to Lille or Calais will take place at the intra-Schengen Terminal. This dedicated check-in area is located on the mezzanine floor of Midi station accessible by the stairs and lifts rather than in the Channel Terminal.

If you have a suitable Railteam loyalty card which gives you lounge access, are you able to access the Eurostar Business Premier lounge on the ground floor, having gone through the Schengen checkin area on the mezzanine floor? Or are intra-Schengen passengers kept upstairs after checkin, unable to get down to the mezzanine to access the lounge?

(It appears from this question that you can't buy a Business Premier ticket for intra-Schengen travel, so you won't get ticket based lounge access, only Railteam Loyalty Card based access could be applying)

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I wonder if your citizenship makes a difference. Surely, as a British citizen, they shouldn't be too concerned about you trying to avoid immigration controls… –  Relaxed May 14 '14 at 21:56
Given current levels of worry in the UK about both legal and illegal immigration, I think if I turned up at the "wrong" entrance they'd worry I was a journalist or similar trying to make a point / create a story! (Rather than a frequent traveller wanting a free beer and some free wifi!) –  Gagravarr May 14 '14 at 22:11
Due to the epic fail that is trying to buy the ticket for this journey, I didn't get a chance to test this in person. Hopefully someone else can do soon and let us know the answer! –  Gagravarr May 19 '14 at 17:01

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