India Fact Sheet

About India

India’s unique combination of climate, vegetation and geological features creates a range of location that will suit any filming requirement. There is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes and magnificent historical sites, as well as golden beaches, misty mountain retreats, colourful people, rich cultures and festivities.

Illustrative collage of tourist attractions in India, Asia

Visa: All non-Indians need visa to enter India. The correct Visa type for shooting purposes is a ‘ J ‘ Visa. Processing time varies from 48 hours on a rush-request to 7 working days. You should have your permission from the Ministry in Delhi in-hand before applying for a ‘ j ‘ visa.

Importing of Equipment: Equipment can come in on a carnet.

Time zone: GMT + 7.5 hours .

Cameras: Alexa and Red are very popular in India and readily available to rent. Now Panavision is available in India with Prasad Ad Labs in Mumbai. .

Weather Conditions: Mansoon is from June to September. The hottest months of the year are April to June in Western & Southern India and May to July in Northern India. Winter is colder the closer you get to the Tropic of Cancer. Snow starts from the middle ranges of the Himalayas.

Cell Phones: Phones in India function on GSM mode. If you have a Tri-Band phone you should be able to make and receive calls in India. We recommend using a local sim-card, as that is far more economical.

Driving: We don’t recommend that foreigners drive themselves. When you rent a car in India, it comes with a driver. That is the safest way to travel.

Permit Process

A.  Producer to apply for approval in own country at the Indian embassy.
B.  After applying at the Indian Embassy of foreign country, we here in India will obtain the approval from ministry if the application is for documentary or a television show we will obtain the permission from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In case of Documentary there is no fees but in case fo feature film there is a fees of 200$. In both the permission the time taken is 30 days excluding government holidays.
C.  After the ministry clearance we then apply for actual location permits. Actual location permits have departments depending on the chosen location.
1.  Permission from Ministry of Environment and forest in New Delhi.
2. After obtaining permit from Ministry of Environment and Forest we take permit from state forest department.