Filming in Tunisia facilities

  • 31 March 2020

Tunisia is an easy country where you can come and film without troubles and citizens are very open to be filmed and they used to do that since years. With a lot of taxes facilities and accessible airport and ports. You need simply to get a film permit.

Tunisia is a small country with a variety of landscapes (sea, beach, forest, mountain, waterfall, desert, sand dunes, rocky desert, natural region, lake, river, plain, grassland, salt lake).

Airport and customs

You need around 9 hours driving to go from the southeast point (Bizerte governorate) to the northeast point of the country (Tatouine governorate).

Airport and customs

With more then 8 international airports, serving the must important european, Mena region and Canada airports with direct flights.

So you can fly directly to your shooting location without any need to drive for long hours. Tunisia is 01 hour flying from Rome and around 02 or 03 hours from almost all the european capitols.

In general using an ATA carnet helps save time when going through customs.

Taxes and cash

For the local purchasing you need to pay the VAT (19%) since 2018. The foreign company are excluded from the general invoice taxes.

Must number of the hotels, rental car companies and restaurant accept the electronic cards Visa and Master Cards. Otherwise, the American Express is not very well widespread in Tunisia.  Anyway you need to bring cash with you to pay the small purchases.  You can discuss with your fixer about that point

Archeological sites and museum

In Tunisia you find Roman, Phoenician, Punic and Islamic archeological sites must of them are World Heritage of UNESCO since many years. Several museum are around the country the must famous is Bardo Museum based in the capitol Tunis.

Climate and weather

Tunisia is an open-air film set. With a soft climate, a sunny and blue sky almost all the year and the quality of the light is exceptional. Endowed with a soft climate, Tunisia is filming friendly in summer and winter alike.

Religion

99% of the are Sunnite Maliki Muslims, The 1% left are split between Jewish and Christians, must of them are foreign. You can find Mosques all around the country, the must famous are Uqba mosque and Zitouna Mosque. Cathedrals also exist all around the country the must famous are the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Pau a  Roman Catholic church, Russian Orthodox Church in Tunis and Greek Orthodox Church in Tunis. SAINT FÉLIX Church in Sousse a catholic church and many others. Synagogues exist in Tunisia like the Great Synagogue at Tunis El Gheriba Synagogue in Djerba and the Synagogue Keren Yéchoua in La Marsa, Tunis.

Crew and technician

Tunisia has a very experimented technicians (English, French and Italian speaking) in all shooting departments.

Technicians have many years of experience with local and international shooting. Crews work 6 days a week and the working day is 09 hours with 01 hour for lunch.

Casting 

Tunisia has a very talented actors in different age and profile, speaking different languages (English, French, Arabic, Italien). 

Also with experienced casting director with an updated casting database, you can find also several Facebook groups and page to help you in your casting for amateurs and beginner.

Extras

Due to the geographical position of Tunisia, the Tunisian population are a panoply of various civilizations, you can find almost all the human races : Arabs, Amazigh “Berber”, Asian, black and Europeans.

Visas and Work permits

Crews coming in Tunisia with Western passports don’t need a visa and can stay up to 90 days.  No need for work permits to film in Tunisia. For more details about your passport and you legibility for the visa please visit this link.

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