Equity welcomes visa-free short-term touring in 19 EU countries

Equity welcomes today's announcement that UK musicians and performers do not need visas or work permits for short-term tours in 19 EU member states, with General Secretary Paul W Fleming responding to the news with the following statement:

"After months of work behind the scenes by the entertainment unions and campaign groups, today’s announcement is an overdue but welcome first step. Equity has been leading the work with DCMS and the Department for International Trade to get the right deal for our members working in the EU post Brexit, and today’s announcement is necessary but not sufficient to get to where we need to be.

"It’s especially welcome that some of the largest European countries and those with the most complex work permit regimes are included. We’re still waiting on a country-by-country breakdown of how this will work in practice, proper definitions of short term touring, and the implications on carnets and cabotage for small scale productions, and urge the government to publish that detail immediately.

"Equity’s members will be reassured that today’s announcement proves progress can be made, but their union will not be satisfied until every EU country is covered, and we’ve achieved the same progress for on-screen work too."