All Media are free to visit Sri Lanka for Journalist purposes and may obtain Journalist Visa upon application from the Embassy of Sri Lanka Abu Dhabi, UAE prior to their arrival in Colombo.
No prior approval of visa is required for journalists from News Media/Print media that are doing news coverage, human interest news pieces, editorials etc.
For media that intends to film documentaries/films are required to fill out the application from the National Film Corporation (NFC)
Filming of documentaries and feature films, other than tourism promotional films and wildlife related documentaries, require prior approval by the National Film Corporation (NFC) of Sri Lanka.
Media teams are requested to complete the NFC agreement, and submit it along with the synopsis of the documentary/feature film, itinerary of the media team, filming locations in Sri Lanka to the Embassy at the application for journalist visa well in advance and the Mission will send the same to relevant authorities in Sri Lanka for necessary approval.
Filming of tourism promotional documentaries, or taking part in Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) familiarization tours, are required to fill the “SLTPB Selection Criteria for Journalists/TV crews for FAM tours” form, which is available at the Embassy.
The SLTPB requires at least 30 working days for processing relevant documents prior to the scheduled commencement of the project. Such media teams should also have a ground handling team who will be coordinating the project in Sri Lanka.
Please visit NFC Website at: http://www.nfc.gov.lk/foreign-shootings.php for further details