Foreign filmmakers are required to hire a local coordinator (company
or individual) who is officially registered with the Thailand Film
Office, Office of Tourism Development. Each coordinator must represent
the foreign filmmaker for obtaining any necessary permits. They are also
responsible for representing the film company in any matter arising
both during and after the completion of shooting in Thailand. You can
find a list of local coordinator in this guidebook (Production Services
Once you have chosen and hired a local coordinator, they will help you compile the necessary documents to present to the Thailand Film Office on your behalf.
When a permit is granted, a Monitoring Officer will be appointed by the Thailand Film Office who is sent form the concerned government agencies to monitor and give advice at the shooting locations. He/She will apply a signed sticker to all film/tape used, confirming its content has been officially monitored. Filming is not allowed, under any circumstances, without acknowledgement of the Monitoring Officer.
A shooting permit enables foreign filmmakers to shoot in Thailand,
however separate permits are required for specific locations such as
National Parks. Historical Parks. All arrangements should be made as far
as possible in advance of shooting dates.
Payment for the services of local coordinator is as agreed between the said coordinator and and the filmmaker. The Thailand Film Office has no involvement in this arrangement, including the setting of rates for services provided.
Production companies shooting TV commercials, Documentaries, Music Videos and TV programs should apply for permission at the One-Stop-Service Center where the process of application will be completed within 3 working days. For other types of productions e.g. Feature Films, Docudramas, TV dramas, Mini-Series and Reality Show, applications should be made at the Thailand Film Office at least 14 days (10 working days) in advance as script approval must be sought from the Film Board
- A letter made by the assigned local coordinator, informing the Director-General of the Office of Tourism Development of the purpose of applying for a shooting permit.
- An assignment letter made by the foreign filmmaker, showing they have chosen and hired a local coordinator.
- An application form.
- Supporting documents needed for permit consideration:
- Storyboard for TV commercials
- Treatment for documentaries
- Theme (concept) and Lyrics for music videos
- Details of content and objectives of program presentation for TV programs.
- A schedule of filming in Thailand specifying exact dates and locations. (for all types of productions)
- Name list, passport numbers, positions and arrival dates of foreign film crews.
- Complete general application form (SOP 1) regarding:
- A shooting permit.
- Work permits.
- A permit from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, if shooting on the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation’s property.
- A permit from the Fine Arts Department, if shooting on the Fine Arts Department’s property.
- Complete additional forms from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation or the Fine Arts Department (where applicable).
- All documents will be subject to official check. If documents are not complete, they will be returned to your local coordinator and they can be resubmitted after corrections have been made. Once the documents are complete, the case will be registered and the process of consideration is started.
In case of change made, complete form SOP 2 for extension or reduction of schedule and cancellation or change of location. This form must be submitted at the One-Stop-Service Center at least 1 day before the shooting commences.