Home Affairs agrees to new regulations for international films

DECEMBER 23, 2014

The Department of Home Affairs has agreed to new regulations that will make it easier for international clients to bring their business to South Africa.

The move is aimed at promoting the country’s film industry.The agreement between the South African Film Industry, the department, the Commercial Producers Association (CPA), the South African Association of Stills Producers (SAASP) and the National Association of Model Agencies (Nama) was reached last week.

Monica Rorvik, head of film promotion at Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, said: “The development will make the requirements considerably simpler and gives some relief to the difficult situation faced by the film sector in recent times.

“The agreement takes into consideration two types of travellers to South Africa; the oversight group which consists of client, agency and production company personnel and the specialist group which comprises actors, models, directors, DPs, technicians and art departments.”

In terms of the agreement, the oversight group from visa-exempt countries are able to travel to South Africa without having to pre-apply at a South African embassy.

They will need to present a form (DHA 84), a copy of their travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/Nama to airport immigration officials who will then endorse their passports with a S11 (1) (a) authorisation, Rorvik said.

However the specialist group will still need to apply in advance to a South African embassy but the requirements have been streamlined to include the DHA 84 form, travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/Nama.

“These new developments are welcomed by all role players in the industry and we are delighted with the outcome reached with the Department of Home Affairs.

“The new agreement is a positive for us and goes a long way in facilitating the promotion and growth of the film industry,” Rorvik said.