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Deadline Approaches on Survey to Support Musicians’ Use of Eurostar

The data from this survey will be used to lobby for the St Pancras Eurostar terminal in London to become a designated port for instruments requiring a MIC certificate to travel. Opening up a quick and affordable way for these musicians to access Europe for work.

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By Dave Webster Published: 02 March 2022 | 1:07 PM
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The MU/ABO and ISM have put together this survey and it remains open until the end of March. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The MU alongside other industry colleagues recognise how important Eurostar St Pancras is to UK musicians working in Europe.

Due to Brexit instruments containing endangered species that have a Musical Instrument Certificate (MIC) must get that certificate stamped at the UK and EU borders. Find out more about MIC’s.

Leaving the UK and entering the EU must be done through a ‘designated port’ where your MIC can be stamped. Currently Eurostar St Pancras is not a designated port. The MU has been asking that the site be made a designated port to assist musicians.

DEFRA/Border Force have asked for us to gather information so they can make a decision as to whether they will put resources into Eurostar St Pancras.

The MU/ABO and ISM have put together this survey and it remains open until the end of March. We need to get more responses. If you have an MIC and want to take your instrument to Europe via Eurostar it is essential you respond to this survey.

Our colleagues in Europe are doing a similar exercise to demonstrate how many EU musicians will need to use this service too.

Please note we only need you to fill in this survey if you have or are planning to acquire a MIC and you plan to use Eurostar services for work in the EU.

Take the survey

You can read the fair processing notice on the ISM’s website.

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