Cultural mobility and visas: Information page

Lastly up-dated on 1 June 2016

While preparing On the Move's participation in a public panel related to touring world musicians and visa issues - as part of WOMEX 13 (Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom) -, we realised that it would be relevant to have a specific page to gather different information portals/organisations which can be useful in the time of visa applications and/or to report problems and obstacles.

Some organisations listed are supra-national/national institutions, public funded whereas others are independant and advocacy orientated. Check their missions carefully before consulting them.

This page is regularly updated and enriched with updates from our side and thanks to you too. Should you feel that some organisations providing information and/or advocacy support in Europe and worldwide is worth to be included in this page, feel free to contact us at mobility (a) on-the-move.org.


On the Move's news and action in relation to visa issues (as part of the  revision of the EU visa code, still in process):

- Artists' mobility and visas: a step forward : a practical report published in December 2012 based on an online survey conducted in September-October 2012 and a meeting with OTM members, associated partners such as Zone Franche and representatives from the European Commission (DG Home and Education and Culture)

- Advocacy action related to the EC consultation (March-June 2013) on improving the procedures for Schengen short stay visas. Coordination work for the production of a common set of recommendations to the European Union, EU member states and European cultural organisations.

- Monitoring of the upcoming revision of the EU visa code (including the latest EC press release related to the revision of the EU Schengen code of visas / 1 April 2014).

- Updating of the library web-page related to visas issues

- On the Move Charter for a Sustainable and Responsible Cultural Mobility (visa section targeted at policy makers, funders and cultural organisations)

EU useful links and latest news:

- Results of the public consultation by the European Commission: Improving procedures for obtaining short-stay ‘Schengen’ visas (September 2013)

- Proposal by the European Commission "More flexible visa rules to boost growth and job creation", April 2014

- EU immigration portal

- EU immigration portal in Arabic

 - PEARLE*- Vote in LIBE committee on Proposal for a Regulation establishing a Touring Visa is a step in the right direction


Schengen member states and organisations:


Information on entry, residence and employment of foreign artists in Austria



Kunstenloket: Foreign Artists in Belgium

Visas Artiste (fiches pratiques par Artist Project)


- Zone Franche (world music) - Comité visas artistes

 - MobiCulture (information about administrative issues related to foreign artists/companies in France)

- Passeport Talents France (18/2/216)



- Touring artists website (with a forum where you can ask your questions and a special page on refugee artists, Refugees Welcome)

- Alba Kultur (global music)



- The Swedish Arts Grant Committee - The Artists' Guide (see in particular: Visiting Sweden and Living and Working in Sweden)


European Citizen Action Service

- Your Europe Advice (free service on EU rights including for visa issues)

EU (non Schengen):

United Kingdom:

- Visiting arts

- Manifesto Club (free movement for visiting artists)


Other organisations' actions in the field of visas:

- Migreat: a free web-platform to inform any migrant people (contacts in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the USA)

- RES ARTIS (artists' residencies)

- More Europe (Debate in Marseille in July 2013)


Beyond Europe:

United States:

- Artists from abroad

- Tamizdat artists' services &Tamizdat AVAIL (free hotline system!)

- WCC Q&A: US Visas for Artists and Cultural Professionals with Tamizdat & League of American Orchestras

- Webinar by the National Endowment for the Arts

 (News: 8 February 2016: Artist visa bill introduced in U.S. Senate)



- Art Watch Africa


Middle East/Arab region:

- Istikshaf campaign (coordinated by the Arab Education Forum, with the Roberto Cimetta Fund etc.)


Further readings and information platform on artists' mobility and freedom of expression and movement:

- ITI / ACAR- Action Committee for Artists' Rights

- UN report on the Freedom of artistic expression and creation by Farida Shaheed

- Artsfex - The Arts and Freedom of expression network

Image credits: "The Most International Artist in the Universe" (Tintin Wulia, 2011),
multiple-channel video installation. Video still.
Image courtesy of the artist and Osage Gallery.