19 EU countries agree to visa-free short-term touring for Brit musicians. The government has announced a new agreement which means that Brit performers and musicians will be able to head on tour to a number of European countries and they will not need a work permit or a visa.
Earlier this year rules had come into force which meant that visa free travel was not guaranteed for musicians within the EU. This meant that many people were worried that artists could be hit with staggering costs as they went on tour.
The government is still talking with other EU member states and this includes Spain, Greece and Portugal in the hopes that they will join the agreement too. The new agreement means that artists along with their support staff will be able to visit an EU country visa free for three months. So far the countries which have joined up are Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden.
“We want the UK’s fantastic performers and other creative professionals to be able to tour abroad easily,” said the DCMS.
“We recognise challenges remain around touring, and we are continuing to work closely with the industry.
“We want to ensure that when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, touring can resume and our world-leading creative and cultural artists can continue to travel widely, learning their craft, growing their audiences and showing the best of British creativity to the world.”
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