A letter from the News Agency/Media Institution which states the journalists names and requesting Visa, encapsulating Details of Visit
Tentative programme Expected dates of travel
List of media equipment and Carnet
Duly completed Agreement Form Itinerary
For media that intend to film documentaries / films, for these cases, obtaining prior Clarence from the National film Cooperation (NFC) and sinning of NFC agreement is required. It is required to fill out application forms from the National Film Corporation (NFC) please see section below for “Filming Documentaries / Feature Films”
More details on the NFC agreement are given in the link below. I have also attached the NFC agreement with this email.
The Department of Customs strictly enforces regulations pertaining to the clearance of equipment carried by media personnel. Accordingly, visiting media personnel should possess a temporary import document known as ‘Carnet’ for any equipment carried by them, for customs clearance. In the absence of a ‘Carnet’, a bank guarantee should be submitted to the value of the items. If the visit is sponsored by any state institution, a guarantee letter from the relevant institution ensuring the re-export of the equipment is required.
The list of equipment carried by media personnel should be sent to the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Relation through the relevant Sri Lanka Mission in advance, to facilitate clearance at the Customs at the airport. The list should be accompanied by a letter of undertaking from the relevant media organization that the equipment would be carried out of the country upon the departure of the media personnel.
All foreign media personnel visiting Sri Lanka are required to obtain Media Accreditation from the Department of Government Information, issued upon the recommendation by the Ministry of Foreign Relations . All visiting media, upon their arrival in the country, are requested to contact the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Colombo to obtain the recommendation letter. The Recommendation letter is submitted to the Department of Government Information along with a duly filled “Press Accreditation Form: Visiting Journalist” for the issue of a Temporary Media pass.