Visa Advice Service

Support to Tour

Thinking about working abroad and feeling confused by visas and work permits? Need some advice on customs regulations? Not quite sure what the rules are on moving equipment and goods? 

The income generated from international touring is essential to many musicians. It’s a complicated process at the best of times, but after two years of cancelled events, new travel regulations following Brexit and the changing rules with Covid, it can feel impossible to navigate the paperwork required to get back on the road. 

Viva La Visa 

We are supporting entertainment travel specialists Viva La Visa to extend their telephone service to all musicians, to help to take the stress out of preparing the visas and work permits necessary to work abroad, and help to mitigate the financial risks of touring. 

Who is this for? 

The service is open to all musicians and to the people helping musicians to tour. 

What do you get? 

free, dedicated phone service offering personalised and practical advice on visas, work permits and passports for musicians looking to work abroad. 

You will get a 30-minute phone call with someone from the Viva La Visa team. They will have expertise in international touring and will be armed with all the latest information on touring Europe and beyond.   

Sign me up! 

To access this expert advice all you need to do is contact Viva La Visa via phone or email to book an appointment. 

Telephone01473 892660 

If you have any feedback on the service please email [email protected] 

Where else can I find advice? 

Both the Musicians Union (MU) and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) offer comprehensive information on working abroad, available online to non-members. We would recommend browsing through their resources as a first step. 

Read the MU’s guidance on travelling to the EU here and to the USA here. For more detail on a country-by-country basis see the ISM’s European visa guide here. 

Are you thinking about touring? 

You can apply for financial support of up to £5,000 towards the cost of touring where it is possible to show the clear impact it will have on your career development. Find out more here.