Working and traveling in Europe – support for the visual arts, the art market and museums

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This checklist is designed for museum professionals, artists (or those involved in art trade or exhibition) who wish to work, travel between art fairs or visit an EU country, the Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Further information and support is available through the Export Helpdesk, accessible online or by calling the hotline on 0300 303 8955. UK businesses can use the service to get answers to questions practices on the export of products or services to Europe (including tours). . It provides access to intergovernmental information and assistance in one place.

1. Important checks

If you are traveling to an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you must:

  • Make sure your passport complies with passport rules

  • Make sure you have appropriate health and travel insurance coverage

  • Have your UK driving license with you (if you intend to drive)

If you are a museum professional, artist or exhibitor looking to work, travel between art fairs or visit an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you should consider additional requirements for traveling on business.

Find out more:

Visit the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

Business travel: additional requirements

2. Visa / work permit

As a museum professional, artist or exhibitor, you should check the national immigration rules for each European country in which you intend to work or travel. Some countries allow these activities without a visa or work permit, but others will require one or both, or other documents.

Some EU Member States use the terms “visa” and “work permit” interchangeably, sometimes with different meanings. We strongly recommend that you check the national immigration rules for each European country in which you intend to work, play or travel, as the rules may vary depending on the length of your stay and the type of activity.

Find out more:

Provision of services and business trips to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein: country guides

Traveling to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein for work

3. Transport of works of art, cultural objects or other exhibits

Temporarily take out works of art, cultural objects or other objects for exhibition in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

If you are temporarily taking your works of art, cultural objects or other objects for display outside the UK for display in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you will need to take into account the customs requirements of every country you visit. .

If the works of art or objects are in your luggage or in an accompanied vehicle (“accompanied” – carried or taken by an individual in their personal luggage, or a vehicle, which has been carried by the individual throughout travel), you may be able to resort to a temporary admission procedure so as not to pay them any rights through the green channel or “nothing to declare”. You can do this whether the artwork or items are for personal or business use.

If your items are unaccompanied (“unaccompanied” – carried as cargo by a carrier and / or carrier in the absence of the person), you will need to consider using other temporary admission procedures. These include:

  • an ATA Carnet – there is a cost for this
  • a duplicate list – there is no cost

If you are not using an ATA Carnet, duplicate or other temporary admission procedures, you may need to declare your items and pay duty on them according to the customs rules of the destination country, each time you take them. clear it through customs.

If you are exporting objects of cultural interest beyond a certain age and value threshold from the UK, you will need to obtain an export license from Arts Council England.

Find out more:

Temporarily exit goods from the UK

How to use your ATA Carnet

Export or import of objects of cultural interest

Import, export and customs for companies: detailed information

Check if you have to declare the goods you are taking in or taking out of the UK

List of goods applicable to oral and behavioral declarations

4. Transport of commercial goods, including goods

If you take commercial goods in your baggage to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, to sell them or bring them back to the UK for sale (e.g. merchandise or works of art), you need to check the customs requirements in the country you are traveling to. You will also need to declare your goods to customs.

If you are bringing commercial goods into Great Britain (excluding return goods) that are not classified as controlled goods, valued at less than £ 1,500 and weighing less than 1,000 kg, you may make a oral statement to a border forces officer at the port if facilities exist; or use HMRC’s simple online declaration service before entering Great Britain. If you are bringing commercial goods into Britain that exceed any of these limits, you will need to submit complete customs declarations to HMRC which you can do on your own or by using a customs agent or intermediary.

Find out more:

How to export goods from Great Britain to the EU

Take commercial goods out of Great Britain in your luggage

Bring commercial goods to Great Britain in your luggage

Have someone handle customs for you

Taxation and Customs Union (European Commission page, not government policy, check customs requirements in each destination country)

5. Transportation

6. Social security and income tax

If you are only working or touring temporarily in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you may be able to get a certificate or document from HMRC to continue paying national insurance contributions UK. This means that you will not have to pay social security contributions abroad.

You may need to pay UK income tax on any foreign income you earn while working or traveling in the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Find out more:

National insurance for UK workers working in the EEA or Switzerland

Foreign income tax

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