Dear BVI Newbie,
For my graduation project I’m doing a market research on the tourism of the BVI. I would like to receive some information about the required permits on the following; A company from Curacao would like to send an employee to build a network with possible prospects and a crew to film the island’s hotspots and activities (including use of drones) for a maximum of 4 weeks.
Which permits do we need for this project?
Thomas de Breet
From the BVI Tourist Board and Film Commission Website:
The BVI Film Commission requires the following from those persons or organizations wishing to carry out a film project in the British Virgin Islands: (To avoid any delays please have all the information submitted at least 10 days before the production starts.)
- A formal letter requesting permission to conduct the project in the BVI, including a brief company biography and a description of the nature of the project.
- The Film Permit Application Form (attached for your convenience) must be completed.
- Temporary Work Permits ($50.00 per person) must be obtained for each person associated with the production along with an entry permit fee of $25.00 per person. There are several local firms that handle the processing of temporary work permits/entry permits, see the Film Commision Service section of this website.
- A detailed list of all film/photo equipment, merchandise, etc. being used in the project and the corresponding arrival information. (The equipment must be removed from the Territory upon the completion of the project.) It is our policy to encourage the utilization of all the equipment, human and other resources that are available in the British Virgin Islands before other options are explored. Please be advised that if your production intends to use a drone, permission must be granted by Air Safety Support International (ASSI) at firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr. Coy Levons at email@example.com
- BVI Accommodation (Where will you stay?)
- List of all persons participating in the project along with their travel itineraries and passport information.
- An insurance certificate indemnifying the BVI Film Commission, the BVI National Parks Trust and the BVI Government
- A location itinerary or production schedule for the film project. ***(Permission must be sought from the National Parks Trust if one wishes to film at any of the BVI’s 15 national parks. Please note that the NPT has established set fees for film/still production at our national parks. A copy of this fee schedule will be provided to you upon request.)***
- At least one copy of the finished product (e.g. magazine, catalogue, video) for the BVI Film Commission files.