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Permit for Journalist Visit and Film making

Foreigners who wish to make a film or a video shoot in Indonesia are required to have a permit. The permit is granted only by:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate of Information and Media
Jakarta, Indonesia.


To obtain a permit from Canada, you will need to submit all requirements to the Embassy/Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, c/o Public/Cultural Affairs (by mail). You can forward requirements to one of the Indonesian representatives in Canada listed here.

Please note that the decision of approval by authorities in Indonesia will take approximately 6-8 weeks after receipt of the completed requirements


Film producers in Canada must submit an application through one of Indonesia’s representative offices in Canada (Embassy of Indonesia in Ottawa, Consulate General of Indonesia in Toronto, or Consulate General of Indonesia in Vancouver), with the following documents:

  1. Cover letter from production company indicating the purpose of production
  2. Completed and signed application form
  3. Signed statement letter
  4. Company profile
  5. Copy of the all crew members’ passport which must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia. Passport must have at least one blank page for the visa (amendment and endorsement pages cannot be used for visa).
  6. Letter from Indonesian sponsor(s) with contact information
  7. ATA Carnet for Temporary Admission of Goods (if you wish to bring your own filming equipment, the Embassy suggests to obtain and submit this document in order to simplify customs procedures for re-export upon completion of project)


–        The Film Development Center, Ministry of Education and Culture, is the authority responsible for issuing filming permits in Indonesia and is also able to provide assistance during film shooting if required.

–        Additional documents may be required before an application is approved, depending on assessment made by authorities in Jakarta.

–        The Embassy recommends that application submitted 2 (two) months prior to shooting schedule to allow enough time for processing film permit and visa application

–        The Embassy will NOT issue visa prior to receiving approval from Immigration Office, Jakarta. Once the Embassy receives the approval, the applicant(s) will need to submit the business visit visa requirements.

–        For more information, contact Public/Cultural Affairs or call us at (613) 724-1100.

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