Foreign Media Production In Vanuatu
Under Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186] all foreign media production including video, stills photography, audio recordings and research in Vanuatu falls under the jurisdiction of the National Film and Sound Unit of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, which must be notified of any intended media production activity in the country.
Any media production that is undertaken and that involves a cultural subject (including any ethnographic footage or footage particularly featuring scenes from people's daily lives) requires the consent of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council, and must satisfy a number of set conditions:
Production Permit - 2 Step Process
1. The first step is to create a free Login account on this website. This allows us to authenticate your email for delivery of forms and documents.
2. The second step is the submission of an 'Media Production Permit Application' detailing all the information required by the Cultural Council to assess the request for granting a Production Permit.
A minimum of 4 weeks is required in most cases, however, depending on the nature of the request, it may take up to 3 months to receive feedback from remote areas and make an assessment.
It is critical that all information requested regarding the Production is complete and accurate as the Permit is issued strictly on the basis of the supplied information and any change could invalidate the Permit.
Upon feedback from all Parties affected by the proposed production, an assessment of logistics and expenses will be made and you will receive notification of the final decision along with Permit fee's applicable.
Failure to follow all or any of the Conditions could lead to Fines, equipment and footage confiscation or detention in extreme cases. It is essential all permits are approved and granted prior to filming commencing.