Film Commission Requirements

Find everything you need to know about the British Virgin Islands Film Commission Requirements here.


The BVI Film Commission requires the following from those persons or organizations wishing to carry out a film project in the British Virgin Islands: (To avoid any delays please have all the information submitted at least 30 days before the production starts.) Please note that submission of all required documents does not mean that permission will be granted.

  1. A formal letter requesting permission to conduct the project in the BVI, including a brief company biography and a description of the nature of the project.
  2. The Film Permit Application Form (attached for your convenience) must be completed.
  3. Temporary Work Permits ($50.00 per person) must be obtained for each person associated with the production along with an entry permit ($25.00 per person). Additionally, each person’s salary of up to $25,000.00 earned in the BVI will be calculated at 3%, which must be paid to obtain the temporary work permit. For productions that are scheduled to be in the BVI for 30 days or more, please consult with the Film Commissioner. There are several local firms that process temporary work permits and entry permits. Please see the Film Commision Service section of this website.
  4. A detailed list of all film/photo equipment, merchandise, etc. being used in the project and the corresponding arrival information. (The equipment must be removed from the Territory upon the completion of the project.) It is our policy to encourage the utilization of all the equipment, human and other resources that are available in the British Virgin Islands before other options are explored. Please be advised that if your production intends to use a drone, permission must be granted by Air Safety Support International (ASSI) at and Mr. Clive Smith at ASSI requires that requests are made 28 days before the project starts.
  5. Accommodations (Where will you stay?)
  6. List of all persons participating in the project along with their travel itineraries and passport information.
  7. An insurance certificate indemnifying the BVI Film Commission, the BVI National Parks Trust and the BVI Government. The addresses are as follows:

    BVI Tourist Board and Film Commission
    Road Town Tortola
    British Virgin Islands

    BVI Government
    33 Admin Drive, Wickham’s Cay 1
    Central Administration Complex
    Road Town, Tortola
    British Virgin Islands

    BVI National Parks Trust
    #16 Mill Mall, 2nd Floor
    Road Town, Tortola
    British Virgin Islands
  8. A location itinerary or production schedule for the film project. ***(Permission must be sought from the National Parks Trust if one wishes to film at any of the BVI’s 15 national parks. Please note that the NPT has established set fees for film/still production at our national parks.
  9. A copy of this fee schedule will be provided to you upon request.)***
    At least one copy of the finished product (e.g. magazine, catalogue, video) for the BVI Film Commission files.


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