British musicians and performers will be able to enter the European Union Member States through a free route work visa permit, the British authorities have revealed.
According to a press release issued by the British Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, the following countries have confirmed offering free route work visa permits for creative Brits:
- Czech Republic
“We are now actively engaging with the remaining EU Member States that do not allow visa and permit free touring, and calling on them to align their arrangements with the UK’s generous rules, which allow touring performers and support staff to come to the UK for up to 3 months without a visa,” the press release further reads.
Moreover, the British authorities have approached their counterparts in Spain, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Bulgaria, and Cyprus regarding the matter, and the discussions are still ongoing, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
As the UK officially marked its exit known as BREXIT from the European Union, the country has been subject to more stringent entry rules, as it is now considered a third country to the 27-nation-bloc. This means that Britons, just like any other third-country national, have to apply for a visa permit if they want to work, study or just stay in the EU for more than 90 days.
This process can be lengthy and sometimes tiring as setting up a visa appointment can take months – a practice that Britons aren’t used to as before BREXIT, they could enter the EU free of visa requirements.
Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that 286,797 Britons signed a petition urging for visa-free travel throughout European countries for musicians and artists, signed by numerous musicians including Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Sir Elton John, Sting, and Radiohead.
The issue was taken up to higher instances, such as the British Parliament, and efforts have been initiated since then for the British creative sector to perform and tour for its European audiences.
According to Equity, a union of 47,000 British artists, including actors, singers, performers, dancers, directors, comedians, among others, in a letter voiced their concerns and complained about the EU’s bureaucratic systems and lengthy visa process so that they can do their jobs.
“Some have already lost work in Europe or are being turned down for potential employment, because of the cost and bureaucracy that now comes with hiring British talent,” Equity says in a letter sent to the UK Primer Boris Johnson.
Equity also noted that the creative industry brings about £112 billion (€131.8 billion) to the UK’s budget.