The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport says it has now spoken to every EU member state about the issues facing creative and cultural industries when looking to tour in Europe.
From these discussions 20 Member States have confirmed they offer visa and work permit free routes for UK musicians and performers. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.
A statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport says:
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport say they 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.
They state formal approaches have been made to Spain, Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Bulgaria, Malta and Cyprus. Discussions with these countries are ongoing, and they say they are working with the sector to amplify each other’s lobbying efforts.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport continues:
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