Do I need a visa to work on a production in Saudi Arabia?
Yes, the visa process is simple, through the fast and easy-to-use online portal, international visitors from 49 eligible countries can apply for an eVisa. For those not included in the list, the Film AlUla team can support with applications.
Visit the official Tourist Visa site for more information or email the Film AlUla team who can assist with extensions of visas.
Saudi eVisa | The Official website for Tourist Visa to Saudi Arabia (visitsaudi.com)
Do I need a permit to shoot in AlUla?
Yes, Film AlUla is in a position to support production companies with the permit process to obtain the required approvals.
Is there a cash rebate incentive available for productions shooting in AlUla?
Yes, AlUla is a world-class filming destination offering high-end financial incentives to productions with up to a 40% cash rebate through the Saudi Film Commission’s (SFC) cash rebate program "Film Saudi" which is now fully functional and open for applications via a dedicated platform for film productions.
International and local feature films, television series, commercials, and documentaries planning to shoot in AlUla are invited to apply for the incentives. They can find out more information on the website www.film.sa
What accommodation is there for crews?
The ‘Film Resort’ is now open for film professionals with 300 high-quality, fully-furnished accommodation units, film-friendly office space for short and long-term stays, and recreational areas. In addition, there is a range of high-end and mid-range accommodation options for talent and crew, and more details can be found in the production guide or by getting in touch with the Film AlUla team.
What infrastructure is available for crews shooting in AlUla?
Film AlUla is currently leading the development of a landmark project which will see the first phase comprised of two purpose-built state-of-the-art film studios.
The Studios will be developed to the highest environmental and architectural standards and will be ready soon. They will ensure that AlUla and Saudi Arabia are in a position to capitalise upon the thriving global film and television industry, a further boost to the offering of healthy financial incentives, the pool of young and exciting talent both in front of and behind the camera and a diverse range of locations.
Do I need script clearance for my production?
Yes, and this is an area that the Film AlUla can advise you with regards to scripts, treatments, storyboards, and series synopsis in advance of submitting to the Regulatory Office.