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If you’re a filmmaker seeking a captivating destination with diverse scenery, rich history, and affordable costs, Tunisia is the perfect choice. This North African country is not only a favorite among filmmakers but also home to numerous film production companies that can assist you with permits and logistics to ensure a smooth filming experience.

One of the significant advantages Tunisia offers is the streamlined process of obtaining a film permit. Typically taking just a few days, securing a permit is hassle-free. The Tunisian Ministry of Culture, or the Prime Ministry, depending on the project, issues the permit, allowing you to bring your equipment using the ATA Carnet.

Apart from the general film permit, additional permits may be required to film in specific locations, such as airports, ports, military zones, or historical sites. You can acquire these permits from the relevant authorities specializing in each area.

Red one cinema camera with gear

Red one cinema camera with gear

To assist you through the film permit application process in Tunisia, we have provided a step-by-step guide:

Start early: Initiate the process well in advance, as obtaining the general film permit may take approximately 15 working days. Additionally, allocate a few days for securing any necessary additional permits.

Collaborate with a local film production company: Working alongside a local production company is highly recommended. They possess considerable experience and understanding of the permit procedures to ensure a seamless process.

Gather the required documents: The following documents need to be submitted to the Tunisian Council or embassy in your country of residence, which will then forward them to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ultimately, the communication department of the Prime Ministry will review the documents:

  • Copies of crew members’ passports;
  • Copy of the press card, if applicable;
  • An official film permit request written on your organization’s stamped letterhead, bearing a responsible signature;
  • Equipment list, specifying all major equipment to be brought, including cameras, wireless devices, drones, SNG, live video streaming and transmission equipment, among others;

No application fee

There are no application fees associated with obtaining a film permit in Tunisia.

Await approval

The Ministry of Culture or the Prime Ministry will review and approve your application within a few days.

Once your application is approved, you will be issued a film permit, valid for the entire duration of your shoot.

Here are some additional tips to facilitate the film permit application process in Tunisia:

Respect local culture and customs: Demonstrating respect for Tunisian culture and customs is crucial to gaining the cooperative support of authorities and the local population.

Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations. Tunisia imposes certain restrictions on filming activities, so it’s essential to have a clear understanding of the rules before commencing your shoot.

Prepare project details: Be ready to provide comprehensive information about your project, including the content to be filmed, shooting locations, and the duration of your stay in the country.

Wireless equipment fee: For each wireless device, including cameras and DSLRs, a fee of 45 Tunisian dinars (approximately $15 US as of August 2023) must be paid.

Utilize ATA Carnet at the airport

Bringing an ATA Carnet will significantly expedite airport formalities during both arrival and departure.

With proper planning, securing a film permit in Tunisia is a straightforward process. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your shoot in this captivating country today!

Contact Gladiators Media Agency

If you require assistance in obtaining a film permit in Tunisia, don’t hesitate to reach out to Gladiators Media Agency. With our expert team of professionals, we can guide you through the entire process, ensuring you obtain your permit in a timely and hassle-free manner.

We understand the paramount importance of obtaining the right film permit for your project’s success. Contact us today or visit our website to discover how we can assist you in obtaining a film permit in Tunisia. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wassim Ben Rhouma

Tunisian producer who is professionally active in the movie/TV industry since 2009. He collaborates with multiple international TV and cinema productions and NGOs, as executive producer, line producer and fixer since 2011. My work experience ranges from documentaries to TV shows, movies, video clips and advertisements.

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