Short-term EU work permit arrangements for UK musicians

On 24 December 2020, the UK and EU agreed a new Trade and Cooperation Agreement to govern the future trading and security relationship now that the UK has left the EU.

From 1 January 2021, UK nationals seeking to work in the EU will be considered third-country nationals and will therefore need to meet the various requirements of each nation state. This will have huge implications for UK musicians who work within the EU, as the ISM’s most recent Brexit report found that 78% of musicians visit EU/EEA at least once a year to perform.

Below is an overview of the different requirements for short-stay work permits of each country in the EU/EEA area. Where relevant, links are provided to access more information and performer exemptions as well as notification requirements for some states. In addition to the 30 EEA countries (EU27 plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) and Switzerland, we have included details of some non-Schengen area countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania).

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