High Commission of India

Documentary Film Making in India Visa Services

Documentary Film Making in India

Foreign journalists and media personnel proposing to shoot documentary films in India are advised to apply for Journalist visas.

Following set of documentation is required for processing a documentary filming application:

  • Application as available on Ministry's website
  • Undertaking as available on MEA website
  • Synopsis of the documentary
  • Complete list of locations with dates of shooting
  • Crew list
  • Equipment list mentioning name of the crew member carrying the equipment
  • Confirmed itinerary of the crew

These documents, duly filled in, are required to be sent, preferably by email to Attache (PIC) at [email protected]. Each of the documents particularly at Sl.No. v, vi & vii must be sent as a separate attachment at the abovementioned email.

The application would be processed and the applicant would be informed about clearance or otherwise through phone and / or email. Upon clearance, which might take 2-3 weeks in certain cases:

  • Terms and conditions for filming in India will be communicated. A format of the terms and conditions available on MEA website mentioned above may be seen for information.
  • A Customs facilitation letter for import of filming equipment, if any, into India obtained through XP Division of the Ministry of External Affairs would be given by the High Commission which must be carried by the crew carrying the equipment, and
  • Applicant/crew would be advised to apply for Journalist visa. Applicant may note that it takes minimum 5 working days for non-Singaporean nationals to process their visa.

Where to apply: At the High Commission

Visa fees and processing time: Click here