The impact of Brexit and COVID-19 UK strain on the Spanish Audiovisual Industry
The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union has led to major changes in immigration policy and specifically in the working conditions of British workers in the film industry. Currently, British workers need a visa to enter Spain for work reasons.
Among the most important provisions we highlight:
• Those who are already residing and/or working in Spain have no problem. They must apply for a new card and the procedure is being very agile. Anyone who is residing and/or working in Spain before December 31, 2020, is a beneficiary of the withdrawal agreement, even if he is working temporarily. They must meet the requirements of Article 7 of the Directive (an employment contract).
• Those who come to work from January 1, 2021, onwards will have to apply for a visa through the general regime as if it were a third country (eg USA), with no exceptions for the audiovisual sector at the moment.
• The only permits that are pending are those that refer to intra-company transfers because its subject to see how the issue of social security remains in the withdrawal agreement.
The following guide published on the website of the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration explains the procedures and steps for requesting a visa in order to enter Spanish territory (page 7):
At the moment, Spain Film Commission does not have the power to issue any type of certificate or safe-passage document in the case of entry of British film crews to Spain.
New COVID-19 strain United Kingdom of Great Britain
Since December 22, 2020, the restrictions imposed by the Spanish Government have been in force and they prohibit the entry of British nationals into Spain, without exceptions. This order for the moment runs until March 16, 2021.
At this link of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation you will find all the information regarding this matter:
http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/es/COVID19-UK/Paginas/Requisitos-de-entrada-en-Espa%C3%B1a.aspx (in Spanish)
The Official State Bulletin of January 15, 2021.