A Complete guide to filming in Zambia

This is a complete guide to filming in Zambia with answers to questions that are frequently asked about filming in Zambia.  You will find all the necessary information needed for you to plan your shoot in Zambia. The guide helps you to figure out the different processes of acquiring filming permits, media accreditation, location permits, and so much more. You will also find out about customs clearance, equipment hires, talents and crew sourcing, and all the services that can be offered to you by fixers to make your shoot easily successful.

What permits and permissions are required to film in Zambia?

Filming in Zambia requires one to have a general filming permit and also apply for media accreditation. The filming permit and the media passes are authorized by the Zambia News and Information services. Everyone intending to film in Zambia has to acquire those two major requirements. In addition to this, different locations also require different permits that are given out by the respective authorities. For more information about this don’t hesitate to contact us.

How can I obtain a filming permit in Zambia?

The process of obtaining a filming permit in Zambia is quite easy. All you have to do is fill in a media accreditation form and write a letter of introduction addressed to the Zambia News and Information Services. This letter should include the company name, names of the crew, the purpose of the shoot, the period of the shoot, and a synopsis. Once this letter is written, it is then sent to a local fixer company which then applies on your behalf and follows up the entire process until the permit is released.

 How long does it typically take to process a filming permit in Zambia?

A Filming permit once applied for, can take at least 4 to 6 working days to be processed and authorized.

What documents are needed for media accreditation in Zambia?

To successfully get media accreditation approval in Zambia you need to have the following documents.

  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Passport sized photograph
  • CV or biography
  • A filled-in media accreditation form

What is the cost of a media card in Zambia?

At the moment, a media pass in Zambia costs 50 USD per person applying.  If you are looking for help in getting media cards feel free to reach out to us.

Can I import my filming equipment into Zambia, and what are the customs procedures?

Equipment importation is possible. Zambia is not part of a carnet system meaning that you have to go through an authorized bonded agent. A comprehensive list of equipment and value needs to be submitted through a bonded clearing agent for the issuance of a Temporary Import Permit (TIP). A fee is then set according to the value of the equipment. This fee is non-refundable but will guarantee you safe entry and exit with your equipment. We work with trustworthy bonded agents who have done this for many years and guaranteed clearance for our clients on many occasions. For any assistance with customs clearance feel free to contact us.

Are there any specific guidelines for drone filming in Zambia?

Zambia has drone guidelines and regulations that have been specified by the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority. The process of drone importation is quite lengthy and would need at least two months for the application to be secured. When filming with a drone, you are required to have gotten all the permits that are required. If you are intending to film with a drone in Zambia, please visit the following link to find out more. https://drone-laws.com/drone-laws-in-zambia/

 What are the popular filming locations in Zambia?

Zambia has several locations that are eye-catching and capable of making interesting films. Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, is definitely one to look out for, as it has several spots and places for all kinds of shoots. Livingstone Tone has been a hub for productions and film projects over the years. Victoria Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world, can also be added to the list. The country has several national parks that have a variety of wildlife to capture. These include South Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park,  Kafue National Park, and so many more. For more recommendations, feel free to contact us.

Are there any safety considerations or precautions for filming in certain areas of Zambia?

Zambia in general, is a safe country. If you are considering filming in Zambia, stay updated on the local security situation and assess potential risks. Consult with local authorities or experienced professionals to determine any necessary safety precautions and measures during your shoot. And when on the shoot. It is always advised to have a local fixer with you, especially in remote areas.

Are there any specific regulations for filming wildlife or working with animals in Zambia?

When filming wildlife in Zambia, you are supposed to follow the conservation rules and regulations of the Zambia Wildlife conservation laws, such as no hunting and capturing wildlife.

You are required to have all the necessary permissions from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife that allow you to work with animals.  In addition to this, you will have to acquire extra permits that are needed for the locations you will be filming in such as national parks.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife has a code of conduct that must be followed. Some of the regulations include keeping a safe distance from the animals, not damaging the environment, refraining from animal disturbance and so on.

Are there any limitations on the type of content that can be filmed in Zambia?

Anything that is considered harmful to the moral image of Zambia as a country is prohibited; most of the content filmed should have no negative effect on the government of the country.

Are there any restrictions on using public spaces for filming in Zambia?

When filming in public spaces, you will have to make prior arrangements and have a filming permit, and media passes for the crew. If filming a drone, you will have to be escorted by an officer to monitor everything and maintain order.

What are the rules and procedures for filming interviews or documentaries involving local communities in Zambia?

For you to be able to conduct filming interviews, you will need to have the filming permit and permission from the people that will be involved in the interviews. Crews should be careful on the types of interviews that are being held to make sure that they do not damage the country’s image in any way and also don’t affect moral issues.

Can I use local transport services for moving equipment and crew within Zambia?

Local transport services are available for use in Zambia. The transport system in Zambia is very efficient and safe. You can choose from a number of options. This choice will depend on your budget, the size of crew and equipment, and any other preferences you may have. Africa Fixers provides these transportation services with drivers who are professional and well-versed with the local areas of Zambia.

Are there any specific regulations regarding filming sensitive cultural or religious sites in Zambia?

Cultural sites will require you have to have a filming permit because they are protected by authorities. There are no specific regulations for religious sites as long as one has permission from the concerned parties. In addition to the permissions, one would have to present a detailed picture of what they want to film and its impact.

Does Zambia have local talent and crew that can be hired for filming?

Zambia has professional and capable talent. For those interested in using local crew, be assured that you will be able find talents that are able to work with you, these range from producers, directors of photography, sound engineers, media managers, photographers and more. For local talent we do have a number of casting agencies that we can get in touch with to provide the cast and also secure the rights as well. If you need help in sourcing out crew, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Does one need a fixer to film in Zambia?

For a successful shoot in Zambia, it is important that you hire the services of a fixer in the country. Both for preproduction and production. Having a fixer with you at all times during your shoot will ensure that any issues that may come up in the process will be dealt with. Shoots can be dynamic, and any small thing can erupt into a big issue halting your shoot, but with a fixer on the ground, you get to eliminate such.

What are the services offered by fixers in Zambia?

The services of a fixer include customs clearance, Equipment and talent sourcing, and location scouting.  Fixer also helps in securing all the filming permissions that are necessary for your shoot.

Why use Film Crew fixers?

Africa Fixers is a local fixer company in Africa. We assist filming companies and production agencies in countries located listed on our website, including Zambia. Over the years, we have worked with various production companies on several projects, making us very experienced in this industry. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies in Uganda to make sure that accreditation and filming permits for filming in Zambia are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Zambia.