UK’s musicians will be able to tour 19 European countries visa-free

Talks are underway with 8 remaining EU countries to allow visa-free travel for UK artists.

UK musicians and performers will be able to tour a number of European countries without a visa or work permit, the government has announced.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said in a statement that it reached an agreement with 19 EU member states to allow short tours, up to three months, of those countries without a visa.

They include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.

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“We want the UK’s fantastic performers and other creative professionals to be able to tour abroad easily,” the DCMS said in a statement. “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.”

Talks are underway with 8 remaining EU members – Spain, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta and Cyprus – to allow visa-free travel for British touring performers.

By June 2021, a total of 286,795 signatures were collected petitioning the government to secure visa-free travel for British touring artists.

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