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.
“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.