Film Visa


How to process your journalistic visa with Bali Fixer in Indonesia.

Last update: 29.01.2024

How it works

In order to produce your upcoming photo & film production in Indonesia, you need to ensure all crew has a valid working visa, as well as permits, such as a location and film permit. Bali Fixer is a licensed Fixer and can be your official production sponsor on-site. Only verified fixer companies can issue appropriate visas and permits.

NOTE: The applicant is responsible for local consulate submission. Bali Fixer can only obtain e-visas and a film permit upon successful submission and signing by the consulate.

Get started

Get in touch with us to sign the proposal and an MOU to process further applications.

Submit documents

Submit all needed documents to the Indonesian Consulate in your country.

Process done

Bali Fixer will send your e-visa and obtain further film permits if needed. Enjoy shooting!

Step for step.

Processing time once application is sent from submitting Consulate to Ministry in Jakarta: 4-6 weeks.

1. complete documents

4. submit further docs.

6. obtain permits

2. submit data

5. visa approval

7. happy shooting

3. review application

1. sign MOU

2. complete documents 

3. submit data

4. review application

5. submit further docs.

6. obtain permits

7. visa approval

8. happy shooting


The very first step in processing your journalistic/film visa is to sign our MOU and proposal. Once we receive the downpayment, we can start assisting you.

✓ sign proposal
✓ Initiated down payment

1-2 working days

1. Complete Documents

As an official on-site sponsor, Bali Fixer provides you with its Fixer license and registration number.
These documents are essential for your producer to initiate filing with the Indonesian consulate in your country. Please complete the following documents:

✓ Visa Application Form (provided by Consulate)
✓ Letter of Intention (formal letter from your company)
✓ Company Profile (showcase recent productions)
✓ Film Crew Form (provided by Bali Fixer)
✓ Fixer Legal Documents (provided by Bali Fixer)
✓ Sign MOU (provided by Bali Fixer)
✓ Crew Flight Tickets
Passport Scan of each crew member (inlay)

If you encounter any questions while completing the documents, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here and ready to provide assistance whenever needed.

2-5 working days

• All applicants who will bring their own filming equipment to Indonesia must declare all gear to the Customs Authority. ATA Carnet is a set of international customs documents for the temporary admission of goods that simplifies the time-consuming customs procedures and removes the obligation of exporters to pay the customs duty and tax of goods imported into a country of destination since the document has been guaranteed by the International ATA Carnet Guarantee Chain).

2. Submit Data to Consulate

If all requested documents are complete, you are ready to submit all data to your local Consulate!

Please contact and introduce your production house to the local Indonesian Consulate in your country and attach all filled documents.

Please maintain a formal tone while communicating with the authorities and always include us in Mail CC to follow up on the process.

5-7 working days

3. Review Application

The application will be reviewed by the Consulate. If all is complete, your application will get sent to the Ministry of Culture & Education and the Film Commission for further approval.
The Consulate will notify you if any additional information is required.

We can only proceed with taking over the application once it has been successfully received by the Ministry of Culture & Education in Jakarta.
If there are delays in processing the application by the consulate, it is the applicant's responsibility to actively follow up and push for its progress on time.

10-20 working days

4. Submit Data for Film Visa to Bali Fixer

Each applicant will be requested to send the following documents to Bali Fixer. In this step, we will process your C14 E-Visawith the local immigration on site.

Passport scan of each crew member (cover, pages 1-2)
✓ Personal bank statement with min. amount USD $2.000 per person or equivalent for the last 3 months (incl. name, date of period, and balance account).
Pass photo in color (3x4)

Please email all documents to: documents@balifixer.me

Please submit passport scan and pass photo in .jpg with max. 2MB file size per file. The personal bank statement in .pdf format.
Passports needs to be valid for at least 6 months.

7-14 working days

• Journalistic visas WILL ONLY BE GRANTED to foreign film crews who will be shooting in Indonesia. Where during the shooting process, they will and must be accompanied by an Indonesia fixer company with a valid and registered license
• Journalistic visas WILL NOT BE GRANTED to foreign film crews employed by production houses in Indonesian territory

5. Visa Approval

Congratulation! Your film visa will be sent to your e-mail. From here on you are fully equipped for your upcoming production in Indonesia.

Please be in touch to make sure we prepare all further needed permits for your upcoming production.

Happy Shooting!

6. Obtain Permits

Depending on your shooting location additional permits might be required.
This is the case when shooting in national parks and conservation areas. Please talk to our team to assist you.

✓ Production Timeline
✓ Location list

14-30 working days

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Frequently Asked Question

What is Film Fixer?

A film fixer or a local fixer is someone who is always there at the shooting location, in order to accompany foreign crews who are carrying out shooting activities. He/She will answer all questions from the local police, the foreigner and surveillance team (Tim PORA), immigration, and any other local authority, whenever they want to visit the shooting location. This local fixer understands what procedures foreigners can and cannot do while in Indonesia. In accordance with applicable laws in the Indonesian Territory, every shooting activity carried out by a foreign crew must be accompanied by a local fixer who has special permission from immigration or the government.
(Verified Guarantee ID as a Local Fixer)

What does a Unit Production Manager do?

From location scouting through to securing crews and equipment, film fixers are the driving force behind commercials, corporate videos, music videos, documentaries and feature films. You might have heard them referred to as a production coordinator or local producer.

What does a Location Manager do?

Every country has its own film commission, council and film permit application criteria. This involves a lot of complicated paperwork. Our location manager will handle it, relieving the production company of the stress of administrative work.

I only have a small crew, can I ask to hire any local crew?

We’ve established strong working relationships with leading crews. This includes directors, DOPs, producers, script supervisors, camera operators, sound mixers, runners and many, many more. We can add individual crew members to your team, or we can put together a full crew that’s just right for the job.

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