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Licenses, Permits & Contracts

Release of Filming/Production Equipment Coming with Crew Request

  • Last Updated 10 Nov, 2022
  • Service Type : E-Service
  • Service Mode : Online
  • Service Provider : Ministry of Culture
  • Service Classification : G2C, G2B
  • Topic : Business and Finance, Communications and IT, Culture, Arts and Media, Visas and Official Documents
Intended Audience
Citizen: Parent, Business Owner, Employee
Resident: Employee

Service Description

This service allows companies and Qatari individuals to submit a request via the E-Services portal of the Ministry of Culture (MOC), to apply for filming equipment entry permission, which is a permission that falls under the service of television and filming license request. The license is limited to a period of one week to 6 months and is renewable, and this license is granted to each of the following entities:

  • Production companies dealing with programs and documentaries
  • Production companies coordinating with overseas companies
  • Research Institutes for carrying out non-profit documentary production and shooting 

Online Instructions

  • Click on "Publications and Artistic Works Services" under E-Services portal available on MOC website.
  • Click on "Photography and Film Shooting License Request" from the list of services. 
  • Login by using your personal account on the National Authentication System (NAS, Tawtheeq). 
  • Fill out the required information according to the set procedures in the online application form of the service of aerial filming permit, which requires the following steps:
    • Filling an applicant's information and the type of entity in charge of the filming and upload an applicant's QID card.
    • Filling the required information about the license of company requesting the permit. 
    • Uploading any additional attachments in the "General Attachments on Demand" section and add any general notes (if any).
    • Agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions.
    • Filling the required information about the purpose of filming and uploading the approval of the Ministry Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), if there is a live broadcast device.
  • Fill the required data about devices and equipment and upload the following files:
    • List of the devices and equipment used in filming
    • Copy of bill of equipment lading
    • Formal request letter addressed to the Director of Publications and AV Media Administration at MOC, to be submitted by authorized liaison production company. The letter must include the following: 
    • Names of equipment (stating inclusion/exclusion of drone)
    • Purpose of Filming
    • Date of entry/arrival of equipment at airport
    • Flight details carrying Filming Equipment
    • Crew passport copies
  • A list containing crew's full names, passport details, port of departure, flight number for each passenger
  • Details of a nominated company coordinator (office contact/mobile phone number)
  • Submit your request. 

Fees

No fees are required for this service.

Additional Information

  • The following points need to be considered for applying:
    • Submission is available for individuals provided that they are Qataris. 
    • Submission is available for companies or whoever represents them from authorized signatories (provided that a company holds a valid media production license).
    • Submission is available for government entities or whoever represents them from authorized signatories (provided that a company holds a valid media production license).
    • Submission is available for institutions or whoever represents them from authorized signatories (provided that a company holds a valid media production license).
    • Submission is available for hotels or whoever represents them from authorized signatories (provided that a company holds a valid media production license).
  • After sending the request directly to the concerned department, a message shows up on the system confirming the success of the submission process, which includes the request number.
  • In case the request details are not complete, an SMS and email is sent to the applicant's mobile phone and email address, clarifying the reason of reversion.
  • In case the request is rejected, SMS and email are delivered to the applicant’s mobile phone and email address, clarifying the reason of rejection.
  • Application for release of equipment must be submitted 15 days prior to arrival of crew/filming equipment.
  • Live broadcast equipment cannot be permitted without prior approval from MCIT.
  • For more information and details, you can view the service user manual

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