Our services are very much tailored to your requirements however the company aims to provide a holistic service giving you the peace of mind of one point of contact and one company handling all aspects of your time in Zambia thus ensuring no balls are dropped, and that in the event there is a vehicle breakdown or a flight delay, that we already know who to contact at the next port of call. As such services include but are not limited to:
Permits and Licences:
ZAMBIA NEWS AND INFORMATION SERVICES – ZANIS
Application and facilitation for the issuance of Press Passes endorsed by the Zambian Police. A to Z Solutions will print off all passport photos, application forms and submit them to ZANIS with a cover letter and follow up. The various letters of support from ZANIS upon issuing the Press Passes will then be delivered to the relevant Authorities such as the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) for the issuance of Temporary Importation Permits.
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE – DNPW
If you will be filming within a National Park it is essential that written permission is obtained through the Head Office in Chilanga and that all filming fees and park fees are paid to HQ in advance. A to Z Solutions will make the payment on your behalf, as well as assist in fast tracking and obtaining the requisite permissions.
TEMPORARY IMPORTATION PERMITS (TIP)
As Zambia is not a Carnet registered company, filming equipment must be PRE REGISTERED and will enter on a Temporary Import Permit – TIP. A to Z Solutions will provide assistance and coordination with clearing agents and ZRA in the issuance of a TIP for specialized filming equipment to enter and exit the country without attracting duties. The use of A to Z Solutions TPIN number and cover letter is essential in order for the TIP to be issued. A to Z Solutions will also cover the security deposit on your behalf with a letter of guarantee from the Production Company. We have Airside Security clearance and so we this function is carried out ‘in-house’ and not subcontracted to another provider so that we can ensure we provide personal airport assistance with Customs to put you at ease and to ensure a smooth arrival and departure.
Depending on nationality, most individuals can work in Zambia for up to 30 days in a 12 month period after obtaining a Standard Business Visa on arrival at a cost of 50 USD. Note it will be your responsibility to check the immigration requirements and visa costs for the Nationalities in your team as criteria do vary. If, however you intend to be filming in Zambia for longer than 30 days, or if any of your crew members have already spent time in Zambia in the past 12 months and will overrun the 30 days, A to Z Solutions will assist with the facilitation, coordination and application of Temporary Employment Permits through the Department of Immigration. We are a registered entity with Immigration and so again, we ensure this service is kept in-house and that we do not sub-contract these vital services to third parties.
ZAMBIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY – ZCAA
If you plan to us a RPAS Drone whilst you are in Zambia, irrespective of the size, it is essential that permission is obtained ahead of your visit through the ZCAA and Zambian Airforce ZAF. A to Z Solutions has a well established working relationship with both authorities and will assist with facilitating the various permits and approvals. Upon arrival in country NOTE that the unit/s will be inspected by ZCAA on entry (which can ONLY be through KK International Airport in Lusaka), w2here it may take several days for the relevant paper work to be signed off by ZCAA allowing Customs to release the same. As such it is essential this time frame is built into your planning. A to Z Solutions will expedite the process as much as possible, however can not guarantee how long the process may take.
Any other permits necessary from National Heritage Sites (which includes filming at Victoria Falls), conservancies, airports, museums, railways, roads, mines, and private facilities can all be arranged through A to Z Solutions.
Location Advise, Scouting and Introductions:
With our local knowledge, A to Z Solutions can provide assistance with essential logistical tasks, as well as expert advice on location and climate. We are able to assist with introductions to various experts working in a range of wildlife and conservation fields including researchers, NGO’s and other similar organizations, and a number of Zambia’s ‘personalities’ and celebrities.
Equipment Hire and Purchase:
Due to ongoing difficulties of transporting Lithium batteries by air, A to Z Solutions owns a number of VL-140 14.4V 140W/H V-LOK batteries as well as a charging unit. These are available for hire when booking services through us.
A number of locations in Zambia are remote and do not have main line electricity. A to Z Solutions can assist with various power solutions.
Despite a relatively new film industry in Zambia, the local resource base is continually growing, and A to Z Solutions can facilitate acquiring equipment for hire. That said, local resources are limited and often highly priced, so it is best to be self-sufficient when possible.
Logistics, Planning and Bookings for Third Party Services:
A to Z Solutions is able to provide a wrap-around service including bookings, coordination, and payments with third party suppliers. We are generally able to negotiate preferential rates, which we pass onto our client with a transparent 15% handing and administrative fee. With our local buying power, this often means you will be paying the same if not less than if you were to approach the same supplier directly.
These may include but are not limited to:
Accommodation – Hotel/Lodge/Camp or privately outfitted camps tailored to your needs and budget.
Vehicle Hire and Transfers – self drive or with a driver both in Lusaka and in the field.
Hire of Specialized Filming Vehicles – subject to availability
Flights – Scheduled, Chartered and Helicopter, as well as aerial photography
Transport of Equipment -- either by road or air
Fuel drops and general provision procurement and delivery to remote locations
Medical Insurance and Air Evacuation: A to Z Solutions highly recommends obtaining additional medical air evacuation cover whilst in Zambia. A to Z Solutions can arrange medical cover through SES, who provide highly efficient and capable paramedics and air evacuation in specialised aircraft. In the event of an accident or medical emergency, your crew will be in the most qualified and careful hands.