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The process of getting permits to shoot on any location of your choice in Egypt is simple and quickly approved after the fulfillment of the legal requirements to the The Egyptian Antiquities Authority, Ministry of Tourism/Culture/ Information/ Interior, National Security,and Censorship Office Foreign Media Accreditation.

A foreigner wishing to shoot a feature or documentary film in Egypt is required to obtain a permit from the Ministry of Tourism/Culture/ Information/ Interior. Such permit requirement is applicable to all foreigners who come to shoot films either for profit or nonprofit purpose, with the exception of film establishments which are permanently established and licensed in Egypt.


One must be a journalist visiting Egypt on the mission of shooting film news or capturing news or Filming sites in Egypt on behalf of the foreign organization. This permit is granted to the following category of people.

  • Professional journalist,
  • Photographer,
  • Film producer or director (other than of commercial films),
  • A representative of a radio and/or television organisation,
  • Travel writer/travel promotion photographer etc or any
  • professional journalist/owner working for an association or
  • A company engaged in the production or
  • Broadcast of audio visual news or filming.

Current affairs programmes through the print, electronic or any other electronic form or any other mode of mass communication

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  • If you intend to visit or film sites in Egypt, then you need to obtain a Film Shooting Permit which include those sites in the list of the sites you intend to film.
  • If you secure permission from the Ministry of Tourism/Culture/ Information/ Interior Office Foreign Media Accreditation for the whole list (as of the above procedure) then you can visit and film in all the sites approved in list.
  • It is therefore necessary to include all the sites you intend to visit in the list before you submit it to the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, Ministry of Tourism/Culture/ Information/ Interior, National Security, Censorship Office Foreign Media Accreditation.

Required Information

  • The name of the company.
  • The name, the passport number and the nationality of the filming crew.
  • The purpose and title of the film.
  • Duration of the shooting and exact location where it takes place.
  • The production cost of the film.
  • Name and Telephone of the contact person or organization in Egypt
  • The nationality of the filming crew,
  • The passport number,
  • The country issuing the passport,
  • The permanent and temporary addresses as well as other information as may be required by the Office


In order to process the permits required to film and meet with government officials, you need to follow these steps below.

Step I - A letter of Introduction:

  • Write a letter a letter of introduction that explains who you are, the news organization you are working for, the purpose of your trip to Egypt, and specific details about the nature of your assignment there.

Step II documentation

  • Any journalists, photographers, filmmakers, and all other members of a media delegation must provide the following information: name, passport number, a copy of the passport, date of travel to Egypt, as well as contact information while in Egypt.
  • if you are submitting from your original country,you are highly encouraged by Egypt Press Office to submit digital copies of passports, because faxed copies are often fuzzy and unusable.

Step III - The detailed background interview/shooting to be conducted while in Egypt

  • Provide a list of official meetings and/or interviews that the delegation or the journalists seek to conduct while in Egypt as well as the general topics that shall be discussed.

Step IV - Locations

  • Attach on the introduction letter a list of all locations where you wish to film as well as the purpose of the filming.

Step V List of equipments to be brought in Egypt

  • Attach a specific list of all film equipment the delegation or the journalist will be taking with him/her to Egypt.

For underwater, aerial and safari filming, you submit a detailed map outlining the specific locations you wish to film.

Step VI - A Letter of Credit

  • Attach a copy of a letter of credit issued for the valued amount of all photography and film equipment being brought into the country. The original letter of credit should be taken with you and presented at customs in the Cairo airport.

The permit and letter to the customs shall be issued immediately when the film crew members appear in person and sign an undertaking to adhere to the conditions of permit and respect the laws of the country. the information be submitted to the Press Office in Egypt, with enough time to allow for the processing of permits.

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Required Documents

  • A copy of the film script along with its synopsis for feature films or synopsis for documentary films.
  • A list of equipment necessary for shooting film, in 3 copies.
  • One passport size photograph at arrival


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This Film shooting Permit is valid for 6 months only with a single entry. Regardless of the entry status, it can be renewed upon request

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Processing Time

  • Processing permits for filming specific locations in Egypt takes 10 to 14 days.
  • Getting approval for interviews with government officials requires 10 to 14 days.
  • Getting approval for underwater, safari or aerial filming takes three weeks

Office Locations & Contacts

Office of the Minister of State for Antiquities

Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim

3 El-Adel Abu Bakr St.

Zamalek, Cairo


Tel.: +20 02-2736-5645

Fax: +20 02-2735-7239

Office of the Secretary General

For other inquiries, you may contact the Office of the Secretary General.

Secretary General: Dr. Mostafa Amin

4D Fakhry Abdel Nour

Abbassia, Cairo


Tel.: +20 02-2684-3627

Fax: +20 02-2683-1117

Commercial and Event Permits Office

This office deals with commercial filming and photography permits; permits to hold special events; and special permission to visit closed sites and monuments. Go to Rules and Regulations for more details.

Director: Mr. Ashraf Salah

3 El-Adel Abu Bakr St.

Zamalek, Cairo


Tel.: +20 02-2736-0468

Fax: +20 02-2735-7239

Press Office

Members of the press should contact this office for information on breaking news in Egypt, and to join the SCA’s mailing list for press releases. Go to Media Resources for more details.

3 El-Adel Abu Bakr St.

Zamalek, Cairo


Tel./Fax: +20 02-2735-3964

Office of Cultural Development

Contact the Office of Cultural Development if you have questions about sites in Egypt for more details.

Director: Ms. Injy Fayed

3 El-Adel Abu Bakr St.

Zamalek, Cairo

Email: or

Tel./Fax: +20 02-2736-0468 Central Bank of Egypt

Contact Information

Central Bank of Egypt

54 El-Gomhoreya Street

11511, Cairo Egypt


Tel:+202 27702770

Tel:+202 27701770

Tel:+202 25976000

Emails: General inquiries / Complaints

Those in USA can Use this contact

Press Office in Washington, DC

1666 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

Tel: (202) 667-3402

Fax: (202) 234-6827


Press Office in Cairo, Headquarters

Cairo, Cornish Al- Nil, Maspiro

Tel: 257 89590

Tel: 257 62502

Tel: 257 62503

Tel: 257 55291

Fax: 257 56884


Business Hours: 9am-11pm (Cairo is 7 hours ahead of Washington, DC)

Press Office in Cairo, Airport Branch

Business Hours: 24 hours a day

Phone numbers are internal, to be dialed from an airport phone

New Airport Office: 2334

Old Airport Office: 3666

Arrival Gate Office: 6566

Administrative Office: 4777

The National Bank of Egypt, New York Branch

40 East 52nd Street

New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-326-8000

Fax: 212-755-6944


Letter of Credit Issuance: Khaled Gohrab,

Tel:(212) 326-8116

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