How to get a permit to film in Historical and Archaeological places in Nepal?

The Ministry of Information and Communications approves the application for filming in Nepal. Then, the ministry provides a cooperation letter to Department of Archaeology. This gets a specific permit to film in Historical and Archaeological places like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Changunarayan, Durbar Squares, Boudhanath, Lumbini, Swayambhunath, etc. Moreover, if your application submits to the government agency, the permit approves within two working days. Please see the name-list of historical and archaeological places at

Documents Required

  1. Application forms under the regulation of the Department of  Archaeology including the schedule of filming, and name and location of the historical and archaeological places.
  2. Synopsis
  3. Storyboard/Final Script/ Treatment for documentary
  4. Letter of cooperation for filming issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications.
  5. An assignment letter made by the foreign filmmaker showing that they have already chosen and hired a local coordinator.

Filming Fee

The filming fee varies depending on the regulations of each historical and/ or archaeological place. Similarly, for Department of Archaeology appoints one liaison officer paying NPR 200 every day as allowance.

Entrance Fee

The entrance fee also varies for each person/vehicle depending on the regulations of each historical and/or archaeological place. Likewise, fees require collection once during the period of filming.

Method of Payment

The foreign producer or coordinator should pay the filming fee and service fee to the concerned office/person of the historical and/or archaeological place for filming.

Regulations Regarding Filming

Foreign production teams which already have been given the permit from the ministry must inform the head of the historical and/or archaeological places at least a day before the filming commences.

Moreover, in the cases of changing the shoot location, postponed or extending the duration of the shooting, an application must be made to the respective historical and archaeological places for further consideration.




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