If you are an EU musician who has been used to playing in Britain without a visa, there are some new rules below that you need to know …. and thing are not as bad as they seem.
If you are a British musician wanting to play in the EU, it will be much more complicated.
Here are therelevant extracts from UK Government guidance:
You do not need a visa for some business and academic activities, but you must get a visa if you plan to work in the UK
You may be able to come to the UK without a visa if you’re either:
– invited as an expert in your profession for a ‘Permitted Paid Engagement’
– visiting for certain business or academic activities, but not working in the UK
You may want to apply for a visa if you have a criminal record or you’ve previously been refused entry into the UK.
Now for the small print:
If you’re invited as an expert in your profession
You can stay in the UK for up to 1 month without a visa, but you can only be paid by a UK-based organisation to do certain things, for example:
– give guest lectures at a higher education institution
– provide advocacy in legal proceedings
– take part in arts, entertainment or sporting activities
If you want to work in sports, arts or entertainment for less than 3 months
You do not need a visa for qualifying work in sports, arts or entertainment if you’re coming to the UK for 3 months or less using the Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting visa (T5) concession.
You must bring a certificate of sponsorship and evidence of savings to show officers at the UK border.
You must see a Border Force officer – do not use the automatic ePassport gates.