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Filming License

All applications for licences to film in Kenya are processed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Nairobi. Requests for filming licences should be addressed to:

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
PO Box 30025
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 00254 2 217475/228411/222073
Ext: 3102/2

Local filming agents

  • Private production companies or individuals are requested to submit their applications through a local agent registered with the Ministry. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries.
  • Government agencies may submit their applications through the local agents or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Deadline for Submission of Applications

  • Applications to make a documentary or a commercial advertisement film must be received at the Ministry at least fourteen (14) days in advance before issuance of a licence.
  • Applications for a feature film must be submitted at least thirty (30) days in advance.

Documents to be Submitted

  • Formal letter of application.
  • Application form duly completed - copy to be attached.
  • List of foreign crew members giving names, nationalities, passport numbers and date of expiry of passports.
  • Script and synopsis or storyboard
  • List of equipment to be imported for shooting purposes, the value of each piece of equipment, etc.

Fees

License Fees KSHS

Liaison Officer's Service Charges

The Ministry charges Ksh.400 per day to cover Liaison Officer's services provided by a Government Liaison Officer, to be attached to the crew.

Less than 30 minutes 700
30 - 60 minutes 900
60 - 90 minutes 1,200
Over 90 minutes 1,400

Other Charges

  • Each visitor is required to pay Ksh.1,500 to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting.
  • A non-refundable fee of 1% of the value of the equipment is payable to the Customs Department on presentation of a film licence.
  • The following charges are applied for any filming in a National Park:
    • Ksh.8,000 for five (5) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
    • Ksh.12,000 for six (6) - ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
    • Ksh.20,000 for more than ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • The Ministry would like to inform all foreign production companies that Kenya has a considerable number of experienced technical staff in filming techniques. We therefore recommend that producers should reserve as many places as possible for local crew.