The best time to film in the desert of Tunisia is from November to May,

The oasis region of Tozeur and Kebeli is “the door” of the Sahara Desert locations.

Chott el Djerid is a endorheic salt lake very well known for its moonscape looks. With a surface area of over 7000 km2

The Dahar region were you can find the Troglodyte homes, traditional olive oil press, traditional Amazigh “Berber” villages like the villages of Tamazret, Toujen, Cheneni, Matmata, as seen in the first Star Wars film, is a location of note in this region.

Transport and accommodations

No need for a 4X4

Hotels gite and auberges and troglodyte rooms are available in the Dahar region like Toujane, we recomande Diar Toujane.

Diar Barbar is a good hotel with several accommodations situated in Matmata.

To get a drone permit in Tunisia you need to get the approval from three ministries (Interior, Defense and Equipment (responsible of the airports and harbor)). You need also to get a general film permit.

You need to send your request 45 days before your filming day, with a specification of the location, GPS coordinates and exact flight time of your drone.

Also a copy of the drone pilot permit and the synopsis of the movie or documentary you want to film.

You need to do that whenever you use your drone.

Drone Tunisia

If you are a Tunisian company you can get a permanent drone permit, renewed every month. You are simply requested to announce to the authorities when and where you will use the drone.

The importation of a drone to Tunisia is not allowed and the Tunisian customs services will detent it. You will get it back when you leave the country. If your exit airport is not the same one you used for your entry, you need to write a request to inform them, to ensure that they bring it to your exit airport on your leave (An extra payment is possible in this case).

If, for any reason, you can’t bring it back with you or you want someone else to bring it with them, you need to write a request to inform the customs services about that, specifying the person’s name and their passport number. In all cases, you need to inform the customs services by phone that you are leaving, 24h before your flight, so they can prepare it for you without any delay, on your flight day. You can ask for their number directly or by calling the airport or your cellphone operator.

It takes around 2 weeks to get a film permit for Tunisia. For that you need to send the list below to the Tunisian embassy or council in your country or city by email:

  • Copy of the crew members passports.
  • Copy of the press card (if existing)
  • A film permit request written in an official paper with your organisation stamp and the responsible signature.
  • Equipment list: you need to put together a list of all the “big equipment” that you are planning to bring with you like cameras, wireless equipment…
  • Drone, SNG and other transmission equipment need a special procedures

http://41.231.36.121/en/press/terms-and-conditions-for-filming-in-tunisia/filming-permit-in-tunisia/

In your request to get the film permit, you need to specify the locations and the dates you want to film in Tunisia.

On the other hand you need to write the topics (don’t put a lot of details) and the people you want to meet.

If your topic is quite “non-conform” with what the Tunisian government want to show in particular drugs, illegal migrants, terrorism, tourism problems…, don’t put them, it can cause a delay on getting the permit.

This film permit doesn’t allow you to film with a drone. For that, you need a drone film permit.

To film inside governmental buildings, you need to ask directly the minister responsible for that building.

If you need to urgently get the permit, your fixer/service provider can fix that for you. But it will depend on the timing ; for example, during some “rush period” for exemple : elections, international meeting, terrorist attack… . Hundreds of crews ask for a film permit, which means that the Tunisian authorities have a lot of stuff to do and delivering the permit you need can take more than 2 weeks.

However in case you need to film in Tunisia and you don’t have time to wait two weeks. You can send a small crew, and your fixer/service provider in Tunisia can provide you with a qualified crew and all the equipment you need.

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