Frequently Asked Questions

About the Kingdom

  • The website provides sufficient information about the country with details for everything you need to know about visiting Saudi Arabia.

  • Saudi Arabia is a large country with a land area of about 2,150,000 km2, with different geographical nature. The weather in varies in different regions throughout the year. For more information: visit the link here.

  • Saudi welcomes all visitors based on your nationality, you can determine if a visa is required and how to issue it by visit the link here.

  • You can explore a lot of activities and new experiences in the different areas of the kingdom. Please visit the link here to learn more.

About the Program

  • The incentive program is one of the strategic initiatives of the Film Commission to develop the film industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The program aims to make the Kingdom a global destination for film production.

  • - Feature Films
    - Animated Films
    - Documentary Films

  • You can apply for an incentive by visiting our Incentive Program Page here.

  • You do not have to be a Saudi-based production company to be eligible.

  • Production companies are required to obtain a commercial register in the Kingdom so that they can conduct their business and obtain the necessary licenses from the Ministry of Investment. It is possible to find out about the necessary procedures through The Ministry of Investment Or collaborate with a Saudi production company to facilitate the process.

  • Incentives are submitted pre-production preparations begin for the stages (pre- production and production) - or as a rule: prior approvals are required.

  • Everyone can agree among themselves on a clear and consistent mechanism for submission. A project submitted by two parties cannot be accepted and is expected to be excluded from the external selection committee.

  • The eligible incentives are usually paid for the terms after obtaining approval from the Film Commission on all final audit results for all agreed project accounts.


  • Yes, all scripts, treatments, storyboards, and series synopsis are to be approved by The General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) – prior to the production of films and documentaries through this link.

  • Yes, you can further discover permit fees through The General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) investor's guide on this link.

  • The timeline for approving a film permit varies depending on the type of permit. For more information, please visit The General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) website.

  • A permit from The General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) is required for shooting in a public location.

  • A clearance from the entity you wish to film at is required.

  • Only a permit from the primary entity is required, surrounding landlords do not need permits.

  • Yes, a permit is issued from The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), for more information please visit the link here.

Visa Application

  • Yes, all non-Saudi nationals require a working visa to film in Saudi Arabia.

  • You can apply for a visa through the following link here.

  • Yes, the fees vary depending on the visa type.

  • No, the visa fees will not be covered.


  • The necessary procedures vary according to the equipment to be entered, and it is possible for the customs broker to look at the procedures for entering the equipment through the customs link.


  • You can check the casting agencies in the Service Providers page here.

  • For more about the laws in Saudi visit.

  • For more information about the etiquette in Saudi, check the link here.