EU artists will require visas to perform in the UK from 2021

EU artists will require visas to perform in the UK from 2021

EU artists will require a visa to tour the UK following the Brexit transition period, it has been confirmed.

A new policy paper from the Home Office has dismissed hopes for a reciprocal arrangement, confirming that EU musicians will need to apply for visas once Brexit is completed.

From 1 January 2021, like their non-EU peers, EU artists will require a Tier 5 visa to perform in the UK. Tier 5 visas are limited to a 6 month period and cost £244, applicants will also need to prove they have at least £945 in savings when applying, Crack reports.

The move would mean that EU and non-EU countries are treated in the same way – but, as anyone involved with live music can testify, the process for gaining such a visa can often be complex.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, has issued a statement saying the body is “deeply disappointed” that free movement for artists from the EU has been ruled out.