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British citizens working in the arts (all sectors) into the EU

Working permit/visa requirements from 2021, for UK nationals work within the EU
Updated June 8th 2021

First and foremost, UK citizens will still be able to visit the Schengen area without the need for any visa as long as that visit does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period. Yes, that means you! If you're a British Citizen or another third country national living in the EU. This normally only gives you the right to work in your host state and your country of citizenship.

JUNE 2021, for UK citizens, the UK, having concluded a deal with the EFTA countries, will now have potentially different access rights for work for creatives/creative workers or others. We do not know at this time what this means as the details have yet to be released. This is also true of other areas we cover here, such as import and exports. We will update this as soon as we have more detail from official sources. For clarity, EFTA covers Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.
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Now that being said does that mean I can still work without restrictions in the EU 27?
Nope, sorry, BUT in many states with a minimum of fuss you'll be able to for a variable amount of time, from 7 days in any one year to 90 days without a permit or visa. Some states less some more.

We now know the deal the UK govt. has secured, whatever you feel about it (remember we are an apolitical site). We also need to say, from speaking to many experienced contacts in the industry, that regulations are enforced variably across different territories. HOWEVER, we must stress you should ALWAYS abide by and respect local laws and regulations regarding your stay and work in any country; respect is key for working in our neighbours' homelands.

The picture is mixed; we're publishing this information to put minds at rest and welcome feedback - if we've got it wrong then please do get in touch. It's an evolving picture as time goes on and not as forlorn as many would paint it for creative workers. I know most would prefer this not to be happening, but we need to accept the UK has left the EU and now need to work with the best knowledge possible to keep everyone working.

One last thing to say is that the EU does not specify generally for individual member states work permit or visa requirements for WORK for third country nationals, which is why there is so much variance between sovereign EU states. It's in this context you should read this page.

Also, please NOTE none of this affects the need for an ATA carnet which IS necessary for all equipment used in a professional context.

ETIAS
This is the new European system similar to the USA's ESTA programme and will require third country nationals to register, but at time of writing this is not in place though is expected to be by the end of this year, 2021. The legal procedures to pass the ETIAS started in 2016, and the system is expected to be launched on January 1, 2022. It will, however, become completely effective and obligatory for travellers only by the end of 2022. We will expand on this more when it's nearer to being implemented.
More info on this link: www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias

Ian Smith for UKEARTSWORK

The following information is for your reference only and does not constitute legal or immigration advice.

Work permits/Visas and taxation for third county nationals working in temp work (arts)

Austria
Up to 4 weeks allowed; check the exception box on source material
Belgium
Up to 90 days allowed with no requirement to apply to enter with exceptions (varying regional differences, also if artists of international renown no need to apply for permit).
Bulgaria
Unclear for short term work at the moment, however Freelance workers can obtain a Freelance Activity Permit for up to 12 months prior to arrival.
Croatia
Up to 30 days no requirement for a work permit. Check under art. 95 sec. 10. Needs to be done by local employer. Note: the source link works iin most but not all browsers.
Republic of Cyprus
Done through local employer for short term work
Czech Republic
Exemption for performances up to 7 consectutive days or 30 days in any calender year
Denmark
Up to 90 days allowed BUT may also require visa
Estonia
Up to 6 months FREE. Must register with border police (Note 106 on the page link: Registration of short-term employment in Estonia).
Finland
You need to have an invitation to work in Finland or have signed a contract to work maximum of 90 days status as professional artist, coach or athlete, or a member of an assistance or support team for such a person. (Note: this includes CREW)
France
Up to 90 days permit free
Germany
Up to 90 days permit free
Greece
A national visa must be applied for for members of 'artistic groups'. This must be applied for in advance; allows up to one year. Source link: check National Visas tab then link under Duration of national entry visas
Hungary
Apply for a residence permit to pursue paid self-employed work.
Iceland
NOT a member of the EU but part of the EEA so included for completeness. No permit needed for up to 90 days for musicians (excluding musicians who are due to perform in catering establishments). Notify the Labour Directorate before entry to undertake short-term work.
Ireland
British Citizens CTA means right to work remains without any need for permits
Italy
Up to 90 days BUT permit required. (Awaiting link)
Latvia
Up to 14 days no requirement
Liechtenstein
NOT a member of the EU but part of the EEA so included for completeness. A short-term work permit is needed for up to 12 months.
Lithuania
A visa for work purposes must be obtained before entry.
Luxembourg
No permit is needed for up to 90 days for the entertainment industry.
Malta
Via local employer. An 'employment license' is required before entry to work.
Netherlands
Max 6 weeks free in any 13 weeks no visa work permit required. No Single Permit is needed in the following situation: Musicians and artists who are going to work (as a musician or artist) in the Netherlands for a maximum period of 6 continuous weeks within a period of 13 weeks. They submit an application for work in paid employment.
Poland
Up to 30 days in any calender year are exempt the need for a work permit.
Portugal
A temporary stay visa is required for self-employed work purposes valid for 90 days.
Romania
Short term visa required, type C
Slovakia
Up to 30 days in any calender year are exempt the need for a work permit.
Slovenia
Currently unclear for short term work. A single permit is issued for employment and self-employment lasting longer than 90 days.
Spain
Requirement for work permit, no free period.
Sweden
Max 14 days in any one year no permit required but must have been invited by established organiser.

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