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Where to get filming permits in Uganda. This write-up is meant to show you where to get filming permissions and permits in Uganda. Uganda is steadily emerging as an exciting filming destination or location in Africa. This is because of being gifted by nature and having very friendly people with diverse cultures. The enabling government policies have seen peace returning to the pearl of Africa. Whether you want to film wildlife, people and culture, society and lifestyle, you need permission to do so and Eco Adventure Safaris is here to show you where and how to obtain or process filming permits in Uganda. Filming permissions in Uganda include, media cards, filming permits for different locations, equipment bond and permits, location permits, drone flying permissions, security and so much more. We will talk one at ago and should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Where to obtain Press Accreditation, Media cards or Passes
Where to get filming permits in Uganda. The most important single permission in Uganda is a media card/pass which is obtained from the Uganda Media Council. By law, all international Media or production companies and the individual film makes and journalists are required to have media cards. There is only one body in charge of issuing Media cards or passes in Uganda and this is Uganda Media council. All film crews are required to fill in Form G provided by Uganda Media Council or Uganda Media Center where each crew member is supposed to provide his/her details for processing before approval is given. Eco Adventure Safaris will assist you in processing your media card starting with sending you FORM G to be filled and returned back to us with all the paperwork required which we will send you in email. Once we have all what we need from you, we will have your media passes ready in 2-3 working days. Please contact us for details here
Fees/Cost of Media Cards or Passes/Press Accreditation in Uganda
Uganda Media council charges different fees for media cards depending on duration
A fee of $175 per person is paid to have a media card that will allow you to film for a period of up to one month.
A fee of $225 per person is paid for media card that will allow you to film for a period of up to six months
A fee of $325 per person is need for a media pass that will allow you to film for a period of up to two years.
The above fees are paid to Uganda Media council and Eco Adventure Safaris will assist in processing your press accreditation as soon as we get information concerning the duration of your filming project, persons on the shoot as well as their particulars. Please contact us to find out more about this.
Wildlife Filming permits/permissions in Uganda
Those interested in filming wildlife in Uganda will have to obtain their filming permissions and permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Uganda wildlife Authority is an autonomous body charged with protecting wild animals in all National parks in Uganda. Eco Adventure Safaris works with UWA to make sure that Wildlife Filming permissions are processed in less than 6 working days. UWA has general wildlife filming permits most especially when filming in savanna National Park and a different filming fee when filming primates such as mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and Golden Monkeys. Primates for example require you to book permits and then a fee for filming. Are you interested in filming wildlife in any of Uganda’s National Parks? Look no more than here.
Where to get filming permits in Uganda. For those interested in filming health-related documentaries, the Ministry of health is in charge and those related to IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) or Refugee camps should contact The office of the Prime minister for permissions. Sometimes your filming project may require permission from the Local councils and Eco Adventure Safaris will assist in finding out how much this will cost since this varies from one village to another. Those filming in Towns and cities in Uganda shall obtain permissions to city councils and authorities while each site may charge a separate filming fees. Eco Adventure Safaris is here to guide you on how and where to get filming permissions and permits in Uganda and should you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Permission to fly drones in Uganda
Drones where banned from entering Uganda and those wanting to film using drones in Uganda must follow a given procedure which is a bit complicated and needs a proven Fixer Agency like Eco Adventure Safaris. This process will take 3-6 months to have permission granted so please contact us and we will succeed to process permission allowing you to fly your drone in Uganda. This process involves line ministries, Defence and Civil Aviation Authority. We have successfully assisted in clearing and processing drone permissions on behalf of our clients and please feel free to contact us for details. Those interested in hiring drones in Uganda, please contact us with model/type that you would like to hire plus the duration and location so that we get you daily rate and permissions required. Let’s start the discussion here.
Permission to temporary Import Kit/filming Equipment in Uganda
Filming equipment and cameras are not readily available here in Uganda but the government allows you to temporarily import of bring in your filming equipment into the country. Uganda is not a cannet country and a certain fee is paid to make sure that equipment is allowed into the country for a specific period of time as specified in your filming schedule. We do assist Production companies to process kit customs permits from Uganda Revenue Authority. Please contact us.
Security during your documentary shoot in Uganda
Eco Adventure Safaris encourages all production companies to Uganda to hire security for their safety as well as those of machines. Some insurance companies require production or film crews to hire security guards while on the shoot. Security related permissions are got from Uganda Police which is under The ministry of Internal Affairs. The fee for security defers from one location to another so feel free to contact us for more details.
Visa and working permits in Uganda
Uganda Visa can be obtained online or on arrival at Entebbe International Airport or any entry point to Uganda. A single-entry visa can be obtained on arrival by paying a fee of $50 to customs. You will need a copy of your valid passport and yellow fever card. Sometimes, they may ask for a media card copy which we would have sent you in advance.
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