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Entry visa requirements

Not currently required.

However, Article 6(3) states, ‘this could change in the last months of 2020, once there is more clarity on the new UK immigration policy.’

Working fewer than 90 days?

Work permit exemption for up to 3 months for self-employed and employed foreign artists in Brussels Region and Wallonia.

Work permit exemption for up to 21 days per quarter for ‘artists of international renown’ and accompanying persons IN FLANDERS ONLY. A work permit will be required for stays of more than 21 days and if the artist is not of international renown (no definition of this in law, but MIP suggests ‘fame’ in at least 3 countries).

Working for more than 90 days?

Apply for a single permit through the employer to the relevant Region.

Self-employment requires a professional card. NB this is sometimes called a business card on the individual region websites.



Brussels Region

We have been advised that new legislation is expected soon regarding the process for artists applying for a professional card.


Flanders work permit for more than 21 days or for artists without international renown is free.

Professional card (all regions): €140 on application, €90 for each year of validity on collection.

Contact details

Belgium Embassy: Website

Embassy of Belgium
17, Grosvenor Crescent
London SW1X 7EE

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7470 3700

[email protected]

Honorary consulates: Dover, Edinburgh, Jersey, Hull, Manchester, Newcastle

Planning a tour?

The information provided in this guide is for your reference only and does not constitute legal or immigration advice. The ISM recommends that if you have any doubts about your eligibility to enter any country, you contact a suitably qualified migration expert for each individual country in good time prior to intended arrival.