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Filming and Photography Permit

Monday, 23 January 2012

Filming and photographing in Greece for professional purposes requires a permit. Once issued, the permit allows crews (TV, filming, etc.) and photographers to be provided with every possible facility for news filming or film making.

There two types of permits.

  1. One that allows filming/photographing in non restricted areas
  2. One that allows filming/ photographing in restricted areas.

Non restricted area

The permit suitable for general shots in public open space is named "Professional Facilities Administrative Document."  In order to obtain it you must contact the Press & Communications Office of the Embassy  of Greece in London or send an e-mail to , stating the following:

The information must be sent at least two weeks prior to the shooting.

  • The concept of the project
  • The names of the media involved (TV network, production company, newspaper etc.)
  • Function and passport details (name, surname, father’s name, date of birth, passport number and passport expiration date) for every member of the crew
  • Dates of arrival and departure
  • Dates and locations of shooting in Greece.

Attention!

  • The Professional Facilities Administrative Document does not grant general access to filming/photographing in Greece. For venues other than general open space, go to filming in restricted areas.

  • Media professionals from countries requiring a visa to enter Greece should ensure that their visa is issued in order to obtain the ‘professional facilities’ document.

  • Media professionals granted with a 'professional facilities' permit must carry this document with them at all times, and be able to present it upon request.

  • Photographing and filming in outdoor non-restricted areas are allowed, provided that common decency is not offended and smooth traffic of pedestrians and vehicles is not obstructed. In addition, photographers and film crew should respect privacy and copyright issues and comply with the respective authorities’ recommendations.

Restricted areas

Filming/ Photographing in schools, archaeological sites, monuments and museums, in military and harbor installations, churches, monasteries and other places of religious worship, in airports, public transport, train, metro and other stations, in border areas as well as underwater or aerial filming, requires special permits.

In order to obtain the special permit, you must contact the Press & Communications Offices of the Press & Communications Office of the Embassy  of Greece in London, or send an e-mail to and state the following:

The information must be sent at least two weeks prior to the shooting.

  • The concept of the project
  • The names of the media involved (TV network, production company, newspaper etc.)
  • Function and passport details (name, surname, father’s name, date of birth, passport number and passport expiration date) for every member of the crew
  • Dates of arrival and departure
  • Dates and locations of shooting in Greece.

Cultural Monuments

For filming/ photographing in cultural monuments in particular (archaeological sites, museums & monuments), media professionals should be granted permit issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. In order to obtain this permit, they should fill-in an application form and submit it either to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism or to the  Press & Communications Offices of the Press & Communications Office of the Embassy of Greece in London.

Furthermore, in order to reproduce, broadcast and/or publish images or footage from cultural monuments (archaeological sites, museums and monuments), media professionals are requested to fill in a request form.

Attention!

  • All necessary information must be submitted at least two weeks in advance.
  • An outline of the concept of the project must also be submitted.
  • In case of narration or participants involved, the script (either in Greek or English) must also be submitted.
  • Fees for shooting may be required, depending on the concept and purpose of photographing/filming, as well as on the use of recorded material.
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