We reported on discussions during 2020, to introduce a bilateral visa for the creative sector. Brexit is complete and this did not happen.
A significant contribution to the economy will be hindered, from our performers, film makers, fashion models, theatre directors and more. Cooperation has been set aside, when creative people aren’t fond of barriers.
They will need to be navigated but working in the EU is still feasible. The point in the video on taking equipment is manageable, with ATA carnets covering the entire EU, other aspects are in the main consistent.
As citizens of a third country, we need to deal with points that would arise when visiting much of the world. The options below are either legally required, or make sense and can avoid expense, or hassle:
- Travel insurance, which includes personal health insurance and repatriation.
- A passport less than 10 years old, with at least 6 months validity on entry.
- An international driving permit, which costs £5.50 at any main post office.
- A green card from your motoring insurance company, allow a month for this.
- Safety items such as a first aid kit and warning triangle in your vehicle.
- You will need to add a GB sticker, even if this is shown on the number plate.
- Carry your driving licence and log book, or form VE103 if hiring a vehicle.
Documentation for your cargo will be required, not least for professional equipment. The most efficient approach is to take out an ATA carnet, which allows items to be temporarily imported to the EU and exported again.
Duties, or taxes are avoided, along with delays and whilst there is a cost, eliminating delay, or difficulty can make up for this.
Be Aware Of Detail
Checking the immigration and visitor rules for each EU state you intend to work in will help, as they are not the same.
Germany and France will allow the majority of performers, or actors to work permit free for up to 90 days, Austria for 4 weeks. Spain, Hungary, Italy, Romania and others will require individual work permits.
Similar principles are true for creative staff and performers coming to the UK. They will need to apply for a tier 5 visa and have a sponsor, although there is limited non visa time for an overseas production shooting on location.
Looking To The Future
The situation can feel frustrating and there will be circumstances where additional cost can not be justified, not least for young talent starting out.
There are still positives, such as the UK remaining in the Council of Europe, which will help with European co-productions. Tax relief largely stays in place, the strong base of British talent will still be valued.
Brexit coming at a time when so much is on hold due to the pandemic has added to uncertainty, clouding the repercussions. We still believe the strong ties which exist in creative industries will find ways to overcome political separation.
If our team can help to support your trip with an ATA carnet for Europe, or offer related advice, please get in touch at any time.