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Licenses, Permits & Contracts

Request Custom Release for Detained Filming Equipment by Cargo

  • Last Updated 25 Apr, 2021
  • Service Type : E-Service
  • Service Mode : Online
  • Service Provider : Ministry of Culture and Sports
  • Service Classification : G2C, G2B
  • Topic : Communications and IT, Culture, Arts and Media, Visas and Official Documents
Intended Audience
Citizen:Business Owner

Description

This service allows Qatari companies and individuals to submit an online application on the Ministry of Culture and Sports portal to apply for Filming Equipment Entry Permission, which is a permission 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” available on the homepage of MCS website.
  • Click on the link of Publications and Artistic Works Services, and then on the service Request TV and Movie Filming License.
  • Click on Login to the Service, to sign in to your personal account on the National Authentication System. 
  • Fill out the required information according to the set procedures in the online application form of the service Aerial Filming Permit, which requires the following steps:
    • Filling the applicant’s information and the type of agency in charge of the filming and upload the applicant’s QID card.
    • Filling the required information about the license of the 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 of Transport and Communications, if there is a live broadcast device.
    • Filling the required data about devices and equipment and upload the following files:
      • List of the devices and equipment used in filming.
      • Copy of the equipment shipping receipt.
      • Formal request letter addressed to the Director of Publications & AV Media Administration at the Ministry of Culture & Sports, to be submitted by authorized liaison Production Company. The letter should include the following:
        • List containing names of equipment (stating inclusion/exclusion of drone). 
        • Purpose of Filming.
        • Provision of a copy of a receipt with the application, by the General Authority of Customs (GAC issues a receipt containing ref number to equipment recipient). 
        • Details of a nominated company’s coordinator (Office Contact/Mobile Number).
  • Submit your request. 

Additional Information

  • The following points need to be considered for applying:
    • Individuals can apply as long as they are Qataris.
    • Companies or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the company holds a valid media production license).
    • Government entities or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the company holds a valid media production license).
    • Institutions or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the company holds a valid media production license).
    • Hotels or whoever represents them from authorized signatories can apply (provided that the 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 get delivered to the applicant’s mobile and email address, clarifying the reason of reversion.
  • In case the request gets rejected, an SMS and email get delivered to the applicant’s mobile 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 the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
  • For more details, please check the user guide of Request TV and Movie Filming License service.

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