Filming in Wild Life Protected Areas

  • Filming within any Wildlife Protected Area (WPA) including National Reserves and Sanctuaries in Sri Lanka is required prior approval from the Department of Wildlife Conservation of Sri Lanka (DWC). This regulation applies only for filming on Environmental & Wildlife related awareness and the production of documentaries and has no implication on still photography by casual visitors to the National Parks. Purpose of regulating this kind of activities within WPAs is to minimize the disturbance caused to the wildlife, therein.
  • The duly completed “Application for filming within wildlife protected areas” must be completed and handed over to the Embassy along with the visa application.
  • The Department of Wildlife Conservation requires at least two (2) weeks to process the relevant documents before the scheduled commencement of the filming.