ACFEA Tour Consultants’ operations in 2020 were of course severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Following detailed discussions with all our clients, a number have re-booked for later in 2021 or 2022 and we are now receiving new enquiries for later this year, next year and beyond. Our unique network of exclusive representatives who live in key destination countries keeps us continuously updated on the local openings of concert venues, churches etc and the current protocols surrounding performances in their region. We are pleased to report that we very successfully operated our first socially distanced concert for a Youth Orchestra - in Innsbruck - last October. Our UK team are on flexible furlough and are working from home. We ask for your patience in trying to reach us - an email may elicit a faster response.
There has been much debate in the media about the outcomes of Brexit for professional performers. UK passport holders can travel in the EU for 90 days in any 180 day period and the EHIC health insurance scheme is being replaced by a very similar GHIC scheme, run by the UK Government. Existing EHIC cards are valid until their date of expiry and you can find more details and a link to apply for the new card at www.GHIC.co.uk. We are pleased to note that it has recently been clarified that musical instruments travelling into and out of the EU with their owners do not need to be declared or put on a carnet. However it is advisable to carry confirmation of ownership in some form. Instruments sent out separately by truck will require an ATA carnet and routes need to be checked. Our understanding is that amateur performers will be treated as tourists in the EU provided that they are not paid for their appearance. For any musical instruments containing materials listed as being from endangered species (e.g. ivory) to pass into and out of the EU, a CITES certificate will need to be obtained; it is free of charge.
We know that many of our clients are having to operate in challenging circumstances also. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the return of regular live music-making and indeed touring; we are ready to start discussing ideas and plans whenever you are!
Chairman & CEO, ACFEA Europe
26 January 2021