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Film Visa

Who can apply?

Required Documents

For foreign nationals coming for shooting of a feature film, reality TV show, Web Shows/Series, commercial TV serials/Shows and location recee. Following documents are to be submitted along with visa application form:

  1. One printed copy of the online visa application form duly signed on both pages.
  2. One recent photograph as per photo specifications
  3. Original passport with at least two blank pages and minimum 6 months validity
  4. Copy of profile page of passport. If applicant is holding dual/multiple nationality, copy of profile page of all passports
  5. Copy of Hong Kong/Macau ID for residents and copy of valid HK/Macau visa for non residents
  6. Copy of permission letter from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI for shooting of film
  7. A letter indicating type of production, complete address of shooting location, Phone/Fax, Email id of Local unit
  8. Self undertaking as per Form-II regarding use of satellite phone
  9. General self undertaking as per Form-III

Additional Important information regarding Film Visa:

  1. Four copies of the detailed shooting script in case of feature film and detailed concept in case of TV show/ TV serials, details of visiting film crew and location of film shooting shall be submitted by the foreign team to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for scrutiny and clearance. Proposal can either be forwarded directly or through an Indian Mission abroad. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi may levy a fee for scrutiny of the application.
  2. The film has to be shot according to the script, as approved by the Government of India. In case any material deviation is considered necessary, prior permission of the Government of India has to be obtained by the foreign team.
  3. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will attach a liaison officer to the foreign team. He will stay and travel with the team. The actual expenses on the boarding, lodging and travel of the liaison officer, in connection with the shooting of the film, will be met by the Government of India.
  4. The shooting of the film must be done in the presence of the liaison officer (where liaison officer has been attached) who will, as part of his/ her duties, ensure that nothing detrimental to the image of India or the Indian people will be shot or included in the film. Should a disagreement arise in this respect, the matter shall be referred to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting whose decision shall be final. 
  5. The foreign team must show the complete film to a representative of the Government of India, in India or abroad (i.e. an Indian Mission abroad), before its actual release anywhere in the world after the film has been recommended by the expert who has scrutinized the script and certified that the film has nothing objectionable from the point of view of presentation of a correct and balanced image of the topic/ country covered. In case the foreign team desires to show the film to an Indian Mission abroad, the name of the Mission must be specified by the foreign team in advance. No portion of the film should be shown in the open forum without prior approval of the Government of India.
  6. Local permission, wherever required, must be obtained by the filming team from the local authorities. The list of equipment to be temporarily imported in connection with the shooting is required to be submitted to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in advance, who will issue recommendations to the Customs authorities to exempt such temporary import from Customs Duty. 
  7. If the film is a joint venture (Indo-foreign collaboration), the detailed agreement between the Indian and foreign party shall be furnished to the Government of India for specific clearance. 
  8. After the shooting is completed in India, a report giving the details of actual shots taken shall be provided, in duplicate, to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting by the Liaison Officer, in cases where a Liaison Officer has been attached with the filming unit. 
  9. An undertaking will be required to be given to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in case any assistance is sought from any Ministry of Government of India or from any State Government/ UT. Separate agreements, as stipulated by these Ministries will, however, have to be signed with them by the foreign team. 
  10. The maximum number of crew for a specific film being shot by an international production company that can be allowed under this visa regime will be 125, unless the project is of such scale that it necessitates the presence of a larger international crew in India which will be allowed on case to case basis including list of designations of the cast and crew that normally constitute part of a film shoot. The Production Company requesting for issuance of such visas may be permitted to submit the visa applications in batches depending upon schedules and requirements instead of submission of complete list of crew.
  11. The international cast and crew coming to India on a film visa for the film shoot shall be employed by the foreign company seeking permission to shoot the film in India and the company shall take the responsibility for the cast and crew coming to India for filming. The foreigners coming on Film Visa will have to register himself/ herself with the FRRO/ FRO concerned irrespective of the duration of the Film Visa/ stay of the foreigner in India.
  12. The foreigners being given the film visa may need to demonstrate that they have adequate means to support themselves in India and may need to demonstrate that they have incentive to return to their place of residence when the said Visa expires. 
  13. Foreigners being given film visa should refrain from commenting on any issues relating to insurgency (if any) in the areas, participating in missionary activities, meeting banned outfits or its over ground/ underground functionaries.
  14. The foreigners should strictly adhere to the norms and regulations of foreigner's guidelines during their stay in the country and visit only the areas permitted for their visit. They should not visit any restricted/ protected area or prohibited place without prior permission of the competent authority.
  15. Money transaction for shooting of film should be done as per RBI guidelines.
  16. For comprehensive details on Film Visa please refer to website https://ffo.gov.in/en/permissions/step-by-step-guide

Processing Time

Applicants are advised to submit Visa applications minimum 15 days in advance of their travel plans.

Visa fee schedule

NOTE: At Indian Visa, Passport and Consular Services Hong Kong, We DO NOT ACCEPT 1000 (One Thousand) HKD NOTE.

Journalist Visa fee schedule

(Visas are normally issued for duration of 3 months with a single entry.)

  1. BLS service charges: HKD 47

NEW RATIONALISED VISA FEE FOR ALL NATIONALS OTHER THAN AS SPECIFIED BELOW BETWEEN SN 32 to 40 w.e.f. 01.04.2017
SN Code Type Duration Entries Visa Fee HK$
1 J Jounalist upto 6 M S/D with HOM's approval 645
2 M Missionary upto 6 M S/M 645
3 M Missionary 6M to 1 Y M 960
5 M Missionary 1Y to 5Y M 1580
6 MX Mountaineering upto 6 M S/M 645
7 MX Mountaineering 6M to 1 Y M 960
8 I Intern upto 1 Y M 645
9 F Film upto 1 Y S/M 960
10 For Afganistan, Argentina (restricted to tourist, buisness and transit visa only), Bangladesh, DPR Korea, Kamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, South Africa and Uruguay (restricted to tourist visa only)  nationals: 
  All types of visa (except restiction as mentioned above) 20
11 For Pakistani nationals:   
  All types of visa 40
12 For Singapore nationals:   
  Singapore(6 months only) 215
13 For Japanese nationals:   
  All other types of visa for Japanese nationals 85
14 For UK nationals:  
  Emergency visa charges 695
15 For Nigerian nationals:   
  All types of visa 1970
16 For US nationals:   
  Compulsory visa application fee for all types of visa (except tourist visa)  160
17 For Ukrainian nationals:   
  All other visas (entry, conference, jouranalist etc.)  
  upto 6 months  685
  upto 1 year 1035
  less than 5 years 1580
  Emergency visa fee 665
18 For Russian nationals: all types of visa  
  Single Entry 335
  Double Entry 725
  Multiple Entry  960
19 For Mozambique Nationals    
  All other types visas (Except Transit and Student) up to 6 months   1740
  up to 6 months (in Emergency)   2360
      up to one year   2360
      up to one year (in Emergency)   2360
      upto 5 year   2360
      up to 5 year (in Emergency)   2360


Applicants who are not residents or who have not completed two years of residence in HK or Macau are required to fill in the Personal Particulars Form in addition to the Visa Application Form

Remarks

Applicant may be required to attend a personal interview at the Consulate.  
Applicants who are not residents or who have not completed two years of residence in HK or Macau are required to fill in the Personal Particulars Form in addition to the Visa Application Form

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