EXEMPTION FROM WORK PERMIT FOR ARTISTS AND FOR OTHER SPECIFIC PERSONS OR GROUPS OF PERSONS
Inviting artists, cultural professionals, touring groups, and others from visa-required countries to Estonia
What do artists from third countries need to tour Estonia?
If you are a performing artist, tour-manager, promoter or live performance organisation, sooner or later you might want to come and perform in Estonia. Nowadays, artists and other cultural professionals are very mobile, performing abroad more often than in their country of origin. Performing abroad though, visas and other permits issues might occur. Since the establishment of Schengen Zone, and unification of legislative in European Union, it might be a bit easier, but the issue still stands.
EXEMPTION FROM WORK PERMIT FOR ARTISTS IN ESTONIA
A general exemption exists for employees whose work is of temporary nature and whose working time does not exceed 5 days within the period of 30 days (such foreigner might be asked to prove who is his/her employer and where is he/she paying taxes).
EXEMPTION FOR OTHER SPECIFIC PERSONS OR GROUPS OF PERSONS
The right to work of an alien who is staying temporarily in Estonia follows directly from the Aliens Act and short-term employment does not have to be registered with the Police and Border Guard Board in the following cases:
1. an alien who performs directing or supervisory functions of a legal person or a branch of a foreign company registered in Estonia throughout the duration of his or her temporary right to stay;
2. an alien who owns a visa or a residence permit issued by a competent agency of a member state of the Schengen Convention and who has the right to work in that member state if:
3. the alien’s employment in Estonia is related to the establishment of an undertaking in Estonia;
4. the alien has a legal basis for staying in Estonia;
5. a journalist accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who has a legal basis for staying in Estonia and whose working time does not exceed 270 days during 365 consecutive days;
6. an alien whose work is of a temporary nature and whose working time does not exceed five days within the period of 30 days;
7. an alien who has the right to stay in Estonia arising from the expiry of the period of validity of the temporary residence permit.
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