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Shooting a Film

If you are planning to film in Turkey for commercial or broadcast purposes, you will need to read this article, obtain the relevant permission in advance.

Filming in Turkey

If you are planning to film in Turkey for commercial or broadcast purposes, you will need to obtain the relevant permission in advance. The process usually takes a minimum of two weeks.

In the first instance you should apply to our office either by telephone on +90 312 310 00 63 selecting the PR option from the menu, or e-mail to cekimizni@sinema.gov.tr or filmingpermit@sinema.gov.tr. We will then supply you with the relevant application forms. In order to submit these forms you will need details of where and when you plan to film, as well as full details of the crew, including copies of their passports.

If you would like general advice on filming in Turkey or suggestions for itineraries as well as practical assistance, please contact our press office sending e-mail to filmshooting@sinema.gov.tr. For more details please visit General Directorate of Cinema.


Permission and Visa

We have to apply for two types of filming permit on your behalf. The first is issued by the General Directorate for Copyrights and Cinema of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and usually covers filming in public areas such as streets, bazaars, beaches etc.; the second which is for filming in historic sites and at museums is issued by the local directorates of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, where filming will take place. There are some specific places which fall outside the remit of these bodies and for which we need to apply direct to a different body, such as the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, local ferries, national parks etc. We will advise you of this when you submit your itinerary. For private establishments such as restaurants, bars, hotels etc. you should apply directly to the owner.

After you have received filming permission from the relevant authorities, you need to apply to the Turkish Consulate General in your country to obtain filming visas. This is a special type of visa and cannot be obtained on arrival.

Members of the Press

Members of the Press do not need filming permission or filming visas to follow news stories in Turkey. They need to inform the Press Office of the Turkish Embassy which will inform the Press Office at the Prime Minister's Office, prior to going to Turkey.


Filming Turkey