Filming In Lamu Island

Lamu Island is located off the shore of Kenya by the Indian Ocean. It was discovered in the 12th century. Since then, it has been known to be a settlement of the Swahili people and their interesting culture and lifestyle. The island was an important trade center in historical times. The island was where traders and sailors from Asia would come to trade. As time went on, the island was filled with Kenya, Europeans, Indians, and Persians. The island still holds some of the traditional buildings that were set up in that period.

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What you need to film in Kenya

Most importantly, you will be required to have a filming permit issued by the Kenya Film Commission. For you to get this permit, you must submit a letter and a form application that talks about your shoot, its synopsis, the reason for the shoot, and anything else required. The application process for the filming permit takes a short period, and within 48 hours, the application is processed.   Contact us at Africa Fixers to arrange this for you.

Special passes

In addition to the filming permit, you will need special passes that work as work permits for media crews. Each visitor is required to pay 155 USD to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. We highly recommend that you travel after all the necessary filming paperwork has been covered to avoid any kind of inconvenience.

Customs clearance

Kenya does not have a carnet system, and for that reason, equipment has to be cleared through a bonded agent. 1% of the value of the equipment is paid to have it temporarily allowed in for your shoot. This amount is paid to the customs department of Kenya.

What is needed for press accreditation in Kenya

All members of the crew are supposed to have accreditation. Without it, you cannot be allowed to film in Kenya. Press accreditation has to be done through a local fixer agent. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. Every member of the crew is required to fill a Kenya Film License Form (which we normally send to you) with all details. After scanning it is sent back to us with a copy of the original passport and a passport sized photograph. The whole process of media accreditation takes about two to three weeks.

What requirements are needed for travel authorization in Kenya?

Kenya’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system is currently up and running. As of January 2024, all travelers—including newborns and children—must register for an ETA online, with the exception of Kenyan citizens and partner states.

The following are the requirements for ETA applications:

  • Valid passport (6 months from the date of arrival in Kenya, with a minimum of one blank page)
  • Passport-style photo
  • Contact information (home address, email address and phone number)
  • Itinerary details
  • Accommodation booking confirmation
  • Processing fee applicable, payable online
  • Proof of vaccinations (depending on country of residence/travel history)

ETA applications can be submitted by travelers up to three months before their intended arrival date in Kenya. A confirmation will be sent to the email address provided in the application when it has been submitted. The ETA will be given to the same email address after approval. The ETA website allows users to check the progress of applications at any time by providing their ETA reference number. The standard processing time for ETAs is three to five working days.

Vehicle and Transportation Services

Africa Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Kenya. The transportation services all depend on your interest, the nature of the roads, and the schedule. For us to have a final estimate of how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to have an established mileage and distance to be traveled. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those who are interested in flying to reduce the number of hours.

Lodging and accommodation.

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in vary from Budget, and mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests . Options include Shella Royal House, the Majlis Resort, Red Pepper House, Subira House, and many more.

Best time to film in Kenya.

Filming in Kenya is done throughout the year, and the best time is during the dry season months of June to September and December to March.

Choose Africa Fixers.

Film crew Fixers is a film Fixing Company with its major office in Uganda, we pride ourselves with assisting filming companies and Production agencies that are interested in filming in several African countries. We are very capable of handling all fixer services required. Our team of local fixers and driver guides is very professional. Over the years, we have been able to get all relevant connections with other service providers and authority agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are easily processed. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Kenya.