Visas for Documentary Films Consular Services

Visas for Documentary Films

Visa for Videography / Documentary Film Making in India by Foreign Audio Visual Agencies. Before submitting their visa applications, documentary filmmakers are required to obtain clearance for documentary filmmaking (the clearance may take 2-8 weeks) in India for which the following documents should be submitted to the Consulate:

The completed Documentary Clearance Form and signed Undertaking should be sent to:

Consul (PIC)
Consulate General of India
3 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065
A copy should be e-mailed to:press.newyork@mea.gov.in


On receipt of clearance from India,Consulate will issue a 'No Objection' for the documentary. Documentary Visa application may then be submitted to COX & KINGS GLOBAL SERVICES PVT. LTD for journalist visa along with a copy of Consulate's No Objection. Upon receipt of customs permit for import of filming equipment, Consulate will issue a 'J' (Journalist ) Visa to the crew members for travel to India.
Documentary filming is not permissible on other types of visas (e.g. tourist/business visas). Those traveling to India, crew members as well as crew members, for shooting a Feature Film/Realty Show/Commercial TV Show, are advised to apply for a ‘B’(Business) Visa and not a ‘J’ (Journalist) Visa.