UK rejected EU offer of visa-free travel for artists

Articles, News // Mon 11 Jan 2021 - 22:35pm

It has emerged that the UK government decided to reject offers from the EU in relation to visa-free tours for musicians.

A source within the Brexit negotiations stated it is standard to offer musicians a 90 day period for travel without having various work visas. Countries such as the US & Saudi Arabia currently have this in place.

It was decided that the UK was to instead adopt a 30-day visa policy, in line with government objectives to limit travel.

Pressure has been mounting on both two sides to negotiate an exemption to the restrictions for musicians, with many saying it’s putting jobs and livelihoods at risk.

A petition signed by more than 260,000 people – including Laura Marling, Biffy Clyro, and Dua Lipa – is calling on the government to “negotiate a free cultural work permit” that would allow “bands, musicians, artists, TV and sports celebrities that tour the EU to perform shows and events and carnet exception for touring equipment”.

The petition can be signed here