What The Video Lounge has to say about Filming on location in Zanzibar

Film permits

Filming permits for Zanzibar are obtained from Tanzania Film Censorship Board and local Authority in Zanzibar. A regular filming permit costs US$1,000 if you apply 3 months in advance and a last minute Filming permit costs US$3,000.

Location permits to film in public spaces

These permits take about a week. A hard drive with all footage shot needs to be submitted to relevant government department by fixer prior to client’s departure. Municipal permits are also required. These costs about $500. 

Visas and work permits for international crew

Visas on arrival apply at a cost of $100 for tourists and $250 for business. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and COVID-19 may be requested on arrival so be sure to carry these with you.