British musicians and artists can travel to 19 EU member states, including Slovakia, without a visa or work permit. The British daily The Guardian quoted the government’s announcement on Thursday.
The rules, which came into force earlier this year, do not guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the post-Brexit period within the EU and have raised concerns that many countries where artists visit will be charged higher fees.
However, the Ministry of Digitalization, Culture, Media and Sports said it was in talks with 19 EU member states to allow British musicians and artists to travel across Europe without a visa as part of a short tour.
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia Sweden and Italy.
The British government has said it is in talks with the United Kingdom with other EU countries, including Spain, Portugal and Greece.
These allow guest artists and support staff to travel to the UK for 90 days without the need for a visa.
At the end of the post-relocation period, which ended on 31 December 2020, following the firm exit of the EU single market, the British government came under criticism from artists and the creative sector.
The artists criticized the government for not conducting visa-free travel for artists and their groups in the framework of a free trade and partnership agreement with the EU. Before a long trip to Europe they found themselves in a situation where they had to apply for a visa.
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