FIX-ing your next on-site filming and production needs

Like numerous other industries worldwide, the film production sector hasn’t escaped the severe impact COVID-19 has had with filming and production halted resulting in an upended content pipeline. However amidst the ongoing debates among governments about tackling the ‘second wave’ and potential lockdowns, there are several countries and regions who have opened their borders, be it solely for business travel or in support of the local tourism industry. As the largest global community of film and production FIXERS, our team continuously monitors the evolving travel regulations to prepare clients and crews for travel to destinations where entry and filming is marginally easier due to fewer restrictions or no on-arrival quarantine periods.

Tapping into our worldwide network of in-market FIXERS, we have identified the following countries where filming and production is possible for crews and companies that need to travel to create content.

Top Five Destinations That Offer Ease of Entry and Picturesque Filming Locations –
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1. Portugal

Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed from any European Union countries; Schengen Associated Countries – Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom. Outside the EU and associated Schengen territories, countries that also make the ‘approved’ shortlist include Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. There is no requirement to present the COVID-19 Test on these flights unless the destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. One of the oldest destinations in Europe, Portugal is famous for its port wine, seafood, beaches and of course football, being the birthplace of football legends such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

*The above updates reflect information posted on 15 October 2020: Visit Portugal

2. Brazil

Although the country has extended travel restrictions on entry of foreigners by land and sea, through at least November 12, the entry for those traveling by air for a stay of up to 90 days is currently permitted. As of October 2, no proof of health insurance is required in order to enter and travellers are not required to quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Brazil. It’s worth mentioning that visitors who are in a land border country i.e. Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay and need to cross the border to take a flight back to their country of residence may enter Brazil with authorisation from the Federal Police. From its hugely popular Carnival to the endless beaches, Brazil is a place worth visiting. A fascinating destination that combines a rich history & culture, breathtaking landscapes and great sports as well.

*The above updates reflect information posted on 16 October 2020 Brazil Embassy

3. Dominican Republic

As of July earlier this year, the Dominican Republic opened its doors to international tourism. By September, in support of the wider Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan, authorities announced travelers no longer needed to provide a negative PCR or COVID-19 test upon arrival. That said, local airports have in place on-arrival temperature checks for all passengers and quick, aleatory breath tests to between 3% and 10% of passengers, and anyone who presents symptoms, upon arrival. The Dominican Republic is known for its breathtaking white sandy beaches, Caribbean coastline and stunning sunsets, however the Dominican Republic is a largely mountainous country offering plenty of amazing resorts surrounded by stunning foliage.

*The above updates reflect information verified on 25 October 2020: The Dominican Republic Travel Centre

4. Turkey

Turkey reopened its land, sea, and air borders to all international tourists from June 12. Travellers need to check the Turkish immigration rules relevant to their nationality ahead of their trip and on-arrival, all passengers into Turkey will be subject to a medical evaluation for symptoms of coronavirus, including temperature checks. From post-card perfect beaches, hidden coves, rich history that has shaped much of its architecture from palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries and caravansaries. Turkey is also famous for wonders such as the landscape in Cappadocia, for their food from kebabs to the famed ‘Turkish Delight’ sweet treats, and incredible bazaars.

*The above updates reflect information verified on 25 October 2020: Turkey Travel Requirements

5. Sweden

While the entry ban into Sweden has been extended until late December 2020, certain countries are exempt from this list, these include Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Known for its open landscapes, Sweden can be divided into three major regions: Götaland in the south, Svealand in the middle and Norrland in the north. If you are planning to travel this winter, temperatures will vary depending on which region you are travelling to and can range from a mild winter with no snow to regions known for their popular ski resorts.

*The above updates reflect information verified on 25 October 2020: COVID-19 Swedish Travel Regulations

Before our FIXERS join you to create, film and produce fresh content, please also take note that when travelling to a destination, your port of departure plays an important role. Additionally, with frequent changes that impact travel regulations, a lot of travel restrictions can be lifted or imposed prior to your next travel. With that in mind, our team are available to offer you the most up-to-date information on travel to your destination of choice, shooting regulations and Covid-guidelines for any country you wish to film in.