Visas no longer required for artists working in Spain

The government recently announced that artists no longer require visas for short-term work in Spain. We understand that this covers all performing artists including those working in film and TV for up to 90 days.

Any step forward to fix Brexit is welcome. We are seeking further clarity from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to understand what this means for Equity members.


Tim Gale, Equity’s Commercials Official, said:

‘A large number of Equity members film TV Commercials in Spain on a regular basis and this valuable source of work for UK performers has been severely disrupted by the ongoing issue of work visas. It can only be hoped that this new visa scheme will allow production companies and advertising agencies to resume the level of filming in Spain that occurred before the current problems with visas arose.’

Equity members still face costly red-tape in many countries across Europe.

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