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Guidance on crossing EU border

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Things to know when working in EU

The MU has put together an interactive flowchart for musicians travelling to the EU to guide you through the new regulations following Brexit and assist in making sure you have the correct documentation prior to setting off.

See the flowchart

The UK government have released a set of guidance for musical artists and accompanying staff.  Please do get in touch with the MU if there is anything within this Government information that is either unclear or you do not understand. We can take that back to Government and seek clarity.

For Covid-19 rules for travelling between the UK and France (including information on travelling with children), see the official guidance from the French Embassy

ATA Carnets

Musicians who now require ATA Carnets for travel should take advantage of the MU Member exclusive discounts available through the London Chamber of Commerce (LCC) or Boomerang.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Current EHICs will be valid until their expiry date, but you will not then be able to apply for another one unless you are an EU citizen. The Government plans to replace the EHIC with a new, free, Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

Neither the EHIC card or the GHIC card are a replacement for travel insurance – but both mean that you are entitled to the same treatment as locals should you need to attend state-run hospitals or GP surgeries when visiting EU countries.

Paying Social Security when working in the EU

The rules on this will vary depending on the kind of work you’re undertaking, and where you’ve working. See the UK Government’s website for specific advice.

MU member advice and reporting lost work

Don’t forget that you can always contact your regional office for advice. Please do also report any specific issues or incidences of lost work to them – as the Government is asking for evidence for our arguments.

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