Filming in Somaliland

Filming in Somaliland

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film/photography production support or shooting crew in Somaliland? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Somaliland Film Locations

Film locations of interest in Somaliland include the capital Hargeisa, ancient port city of Berbera, Daallo Mountain National Park, Hargeisa National Park, History of Somaliland, undiscovered beaches, coral reefs, and rugged coastal looks among others.

When to shoot in Somaliland

Filming in Somaliland is done throughout the year and the best time is during the Hagaa winter dry season from December to March. Much of Somalia is desert, with hot, dry, and dusty conditions throughout the year. Gu, the heavy rain season runs from April to June. Jilal, the summer dry season runs from July to September. Dayr, the light rain season runs from October to November. Contact us here for your planned shoot in Somaliland we will give you an expert help ranging from securing all filming permissions, advise and various services required for a successful shoot.

Requirements and fees to film in Somaliland

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film in Somaliland. Contact us here and we will help you secure a filming permit for filming in Somaliland. In most cases permission to film is arranged on the local level, often on the same day. Allow extra location fees if need be. More complicated shoots that require street closures or larger setups or travel to unsafe locations require more lead time. Shoots in more remote locations are generally more expensive and require more preparation.

Unauthorized filming, photography or any other recording of government buildings, military installations and key infrastructure such as airports and border controls, bridges, and public buildings, as well as of religious sites such as mosques is illegal while filming in Somaliland. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of your filming equipment. Please contact us here for more information specific filming location of interest in Somaliland.

On top of the above you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees and transport for a successful shoot in Somaliland as below;

How to Get a Somaliland Visa

You will need to purchase a Somaliland visa to allow you entry in Somaliland. Please note that Somaliland’s visa policy constantly changes. Visiting Somaliland is not the same as visiting Somalia. It is a completely different visa system.

The Department of Immigration of Somaliland decided starting April 2019 to give visa on arrival to a certain number of countries, citizens of the EU, Canada, USA, Brazil, China, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Members of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) such as Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and IGAD Region Countries planning to visit Somaliland for tourism purpose can now get a visa on arrival at all ports of entry into the country.

If you cannot get the visa on arrival the easiest way of getting the visa is through the London, Washington or Addis Ababa consulates. You will need a valid passport, two passport size photos, $80-$100 USD, your hotel and contact person details (we shall provide this to you)

Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local embassy or Contact us here for the latest travel information to Somaliland.

Vehicle Hire Services in Somaliland

Eco film fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Somaliland depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. We recommend Customized 4x4WD Land Cruisers. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled.

Local Film Fixers in Somaliland

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Somaliland and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location in Somaliland. Contact us here if you are in need of a Film fixer in Somaliland.

Where to Stay during filming in Somaliland

There are not so many options when it comes to accommodation in Somaliland. Many options depend on your filming location. Hargeisa has a few high-end hotels but we recommend Sugaal Hotel located a street away from the main drag and featuring very friendly and helpful staff. In Berbera most tourists stay at the fanciest place in town the Mansoor Hotel. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for booking and reservation details

How to get to Somaliland?

Getting there has never been easier. The country now offers visas on arrival to a good number of nationalities at all its land borders and Hargeisa airport. The airport is also connected to Addis Abada with two daily flights, and also has flights to Dubai, Egypt, Djibouti and Mogadishu.

Why use Eco film fixers to film in Somaliland

Eco film fixers is a local fixer company in Ethiopia, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Ethiopia and Somaliland. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies in Somaliland to make sure that accreditation and filming permits for filming in Somaliland are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Somaliland.