Filming Permit

Film Permits are easy to obtain in Nepal. Government of Nepal welcomes  foreign filmmakers by providing easiest permit application process for filming in Nepal.

Nepal is an open studio for filming. The Government of Nepal focuses on the continued development, retention, competitiveness, and enhancement of the country’s film and television industry. In addition, it facilitates and issues various filming permits, promotes the region as a preferred filming destination and supports the development and growth of the local film industry.

Documents stating the purpose and details of the production are necessary for the application process. Following is the list of documents required for the film permit application:

  1. Prepare a letter assigning Film Crew Nepal as local coordinators mentioning services provided.
  2. Fill the Application Form Provided.
  3. Prepare Overview Synopsis describing the story of the film using a sample provided by the FCN Team.
  4. Prepare an Itinerary of filming in Nepal specifying exact dates and locations from the time of arrival to departure.
  5. Make a list of Crew Details with designation and a scan copy of passports of the crew.
  6. For Film Equipment to be brought in, provide the list with Equipment List with value and serial numbers for custom clearance.

Nepal Government grants permission for filming Travel Shows, Documentaries & Short Films, Music videos, TV commercials, Feature Films, etc.

List of Filming Permits in Nepal.

  • National Filming Permit
  • Custom Clearance (Temporary import and Export)
  • Special Area Filming Permit
    • National Parks
    • Conservational Areas
    • Heritage Areas
    • Temples and Monasteries 
  • Drone Permit and License
    • Under 2 Kg (Civil Aviation,Defense Ministry, Central District Office)
    • Over 2 Kg (Home Ministry, Defense Ministry and Civil Aviation)

Things to know about Filming Permits in Nepal. 

National Filming Permit:

Ministry of Communication and Information Technology facilitates and issues the basic National Filming Permit. This covers filming locations inside Nepal excluding Special Areas ( National Parks, Heritage Areas, etc.), ceteris paribus. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology grants the permission for the shooting of any kind of TV commercials, Travel documentaries, Documentaries, music videos, feature films, and other films.

Liasion Officer:

While granting a filming permit, a Liaison Officer is appointed by the Ministry, who is appointed to monitor as well as to provide support at the shooting locations. Liasion officer’s duty is to facilitate foreign filmmakers regarding all the legal procedures and authorization of the film production. The officer deals with on location local authorities and government bodies to aid in filmmaking process. 

Custom Clearance:

After getting a Film Permit and the appointment of the Liasion Officer, The Film Development Board of Nepal provides a letter of guarantee for the foreign filmmakers to temporarily import filming equipment without paying the custom duty. The FDB provides the letter of guarantee to the Local Coordinator for the temporary import and export of the film equipments.