Touring in the EU

Outbound Mobility within the European Union

EU MEMBER STATES – SHORT STAY ENTRY FOR WORK 

UK nationals may travel visa free to EU member states but may only stay 90 days within any 180 day period. If you are working, then further regulations may apply. 

You are strongly advised to check with each member state before travelling if you intend to work as requirements may change at short notice.

This summary of the current situation is divided into three parts which correspond to current UK Government advice:

For more information, please see the following links from the UK Government:

Please note that this is not legal advice. You should attain expert counsel before planning travel to the EU and check the latest Government advice.

To view the source of information for each country, please click on the relevant flag.

Travelling to EU member states

Part One

UK artists can now tour in 21 EU states with fewer restrictions in terms of visas and permits. Whether you will need a permit/visa will depend on the type of contract, relationship with purchaser, duration of tour, and whether you require multiple entry into that country. 

AustriaWork permit required for more than 4 weeks. A work permit is not required for independent work as the C- or D-type visa is in place. For independent work, the artist would need proof of qualifications. 
BelgiumPermit free for 90 days for artists “with an international reputation”. In other cases, authorisation for a performing artist depends on their remuneration and the duration of employment. 
Czech RepublicPermit free for artists whose performances do not exceed 7 consecutive days or 30 days in the summary per calendar year. 
DenmarkArtists who participate in “a substantial or essential part of a noteworthy artistic event” can tour permit free for up to 90 days. 
EstoniaPermit free for up to 90 days within a 12 month period. 
FinlandPermit free for 90 days within a 12 month period with an invitation or contract to work.
FrancePermit free for up to 90 days within a 12 month period.
GermanyPermit free for up to 90 days within a 12 month period.
HungaryPermit free for up to 90 days.
IrelandPermit free. The UK and Ireland share a Common Travel Area.  
ItalyPermit free for up to 90 days within a 12 month period.  Border authorities will require proof of documentation to justify the reasons for and the duration of your stay in Italy.
LatviaPermit free for up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
LithuaniaPermit free for up to 90 days.
LuxembourgPermit free for up to 90 days per calendar year. 
NetherlandsPermit free for artists for a maximum of 6 continuous weeks within a period of 13 weeks. Artists may need a short stay visa. 
PolandPermit free for up to 30 days per calendar year.
RomaniaPermit free for up to 90 days within a 180 day period. 
SloveniaPermit free for up to 90 days per calendar year.
SlovakiaPermit free for up to 90 days per calendar year. 
SpainPermit free for up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
SwedenPermit free for up to 14 days over a period of 12 months.

Part 2

There are five EU member states which LIVE believes do not require work permits for short stay work. However, there are still complexities during the application process and these should be built into anticipated application times.

BulgariaBritish performing artists do not need a work permit or visa for stay up to 90 days. 
CyprusBritish and US passport holders do not require a visa to enter Cyprus for stays of up to 90 days, this includes touring musicians. 
GreecePermit free for up to 90 days in a 180 day period.  If the performer intends to be in Greece/Schengen area for more than 90 days in any 180 day period they would need a D Class visa. 
MaltaArtists and entourage touring Malta do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days.
PortugalIf the performer intends to be in Greece/Schengen area for more than 90 days in any 180 day period they would need a D Class visa.

Part 3

Croatia is now the only country in the EU-27 which requires work permits and/or visas for touring. 

CroatiaWork registration certification required to perform contracted work for up to 30 and up to 90 days in a calendar year.  Permit required for stays over 90 days. 

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Note: This page was last updated on 29 November 2021. We believe this information is accurate up until the date marked on this document. Updated versions will be published in due course to reflect new information. 

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Brexit and the UK’s Live Music Industry

LIVE is deeply concerned about the impact Brexit will have on the UK’s live music industry on top of a devastating year due to Covid-19 pandemic. Our key areas of concern and asks of Government are below:

1. Musicians and their entourages must be able to continue to work freely across Europe 

It is in the collective cultural and economic interest that European governments come together to allow professional musicians and their entourages to travel and work freely across borders without bureaucracy, delays, and additional costs. The UK government must:

2. European touring must be saved by cutting red tape at borders 

The UK live music industry relies on an extensive range of specialist haulage and bus companies to carry UK based equipment and personnel essential for Pan-European touring. New arrangements under post-Brexit cabotage and cross-trade regulations will stop multi-stop European tours employing UK registered vehicles, risking the collapse of the UK based concert touring sector and leading to widespread company closures and job losses.

3. Live Music needs a Transitional Support Package (TSP)

The industry needs immediate support to mitigate the disruption caused by Brexit. The TSP offers a stopgap solution to support the industry while fuller negotiations are ongoing.


Live Music Transitional Support Package (TSP)

LIVE is calling for a Live Music Transitional Support Package which would:

The package would consist of five main strands of support:

Please click here to view the full details of the Transitional Support Package.


#LetTheMusicMove

Launched on June 23rd 2021, #LetTheMusicMove is an artist-led music industry campaign instigated by the Featured Artists Coalition and the Music Managers Forum pushing for a reduction in the costs and red tape faced by UK musicians and UK music businesses when full-scale live touring of Europe resumes.

More than 1,000 artists are now backing the campaign, including Little Mix, Orbital, Olly Murs, Sampha, Sleaford Mods, Alison Moyet, Nubian Twist, Bicep, AlunaGeorge, Niall Horan, Wolf Alice, Annie Lennox, Biffy Clyro, IDLES, Poppy Ajudha, Radiohead, Anna Calvi, Skunk Anansie, Laura Marling, Faithless, Everything Everything, Graeme Park, Bob Geldof, Katie Melua, Editors, Mark Knopfler, Two Door Cinema Club, Mr Scruff, Kelli-Leigh, Ward Thomas, New Order, Rick Astley, Ghostpoet, Midge Ure, Glasvegas, Anna Meredith, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Nina Nesbitt, Keane, Erland Cooper, The Chemical Brothers, Matthew Herbert, Portishead, Blur’s David Rowntree, Gilles Peterson, Jack Garratt, Dave Okumu, Bill Ryder-Jones, Peggy Seeger, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and many, many others.

The campaign is calling on Government to deliver four immediate actions to help avoid an impending crisis: 

  1. Sign up to support the campaign – here.
  2. Download social media assets (from here) & post with #LetTheMusicMove hashtag.
  3. Tell us your post-Brexit tour experiences or case studies – here.
  4. Artists & industry bodies, tell Aleksa if you would be prepared to speak media on this issue.

For further information, please see www.letthemusicmove.org