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Drone laws in 136 countries: Copter pilots must observe these regulations

Last update on 01/27/2021 | 146 Comments

In this overview you will find the international legislation for the use of drones. If you want to travel with your multicopter, you will find the currently valid drone laws for most countries in the world here. Please note that the regulations differ from country to country.

For a better overview, we have summarized the regulations in two world maps: The first map is for the private use of drones and the second map shows the regulations for commercial drones.

  • Green means that it can be used within the framework of the applicable regulations without prior approval. If you want to move outside the rules, you can i. d. Usually apply for a special permit. In some countries you can fly without a permit, but only without a camera installed. These countries are not marked in green, but in yellow; since most pilots certainly want to make film and photo recordings.
  • Yellow means that you or your drone have to register, apply for a permit or even pass an exam before flying. You can find out the details below.
  • Red means that the commissioning of multicopters is generally prohibited. In these countries you should be particularly careful, because even at the airport your drone can be partially confiscated according to the laws or you can only be arrested because of possession of the drone.
  • Gray means that I have not found any reliable information or that I have not sufficiently understood the drone laws. If you can help here, I would love to hear a comment!

General safety information

Before I go into the individual countries, I would like to recommend certain things to you that you always should pay attention to. The more drones with cameras soar into the sky, the more black sheep there will be. Please adhere to the following rules of the game:

  • Keep your distance from Airports!
  • Take out special drone insurance
  • Always keep an eye on the drone. In no case do not fly outside of the Visibility! If you use an FPV system, then a second person has to watch the copter with the naked eye as a spotter.
  • Only fly when it is good Weather!
  • Respect them privacy other people!
  • For private properties, get the before you fly Permission from the owner a!
  • Don't fly over Crowds (Beaches, cities, meetings, ...)
  • Don't fly near politically sensitive buildings, Prisons, police and military facilities, courts of law, nuclear power plants or at accident sites
  • Avoid disturbing wildlife, especially in the vicinity of breeding grounds
  • Avoid other air traffic participants like manned aircraft

In many countries these rules are part of the legislation, which is why I will not list them every time. Just stick to it; even if it is not explicitly required in a country. This is the only way we can prevent drones from getting a bad reputation and possibly even being banned.

Due to the scope of the rules, we have now written a separate article for each country. With the following links you can jump directly to the regulations of the individual countries in another article.

Drone laws in Europe

Drone Laws in Asia

Drone Laws in North America

Drone Laws in South America

Drone Laws in Africa

Drone Laws in Oceania

Samoa and Tonga have adopted the laws of New Zealand. However, you may have to register your drone on site.

Drone ban in Antarctica

There is a drone ban in Antarctica, which is supposed to protect sensitive nature. The ban is reviewed annually. If you still want to take a drone with you on your trip to Antarctica, you should contact your tour operator well in advance.

Further helpful information on traveling with a drone

In addition to the collection of laws, we have compiled a lot of other information for travelers who want to take their multicopter abroad with them. Here is an overview:

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I invest a lot of time in listing the worldwide drone laws. If there are relevant documents, I read my way through the legal texts and ask the local authorities. I also search the Internet for newspaper articles and gain experience from other forums and our English-language blog.

Many sources are in the respective national language and I have the texts with me Google Translate translated. I am doing my best to continue to list the currently valid multicopter regulations.

Of course, I cannot guarantee that the translations are all 100% correct and that I have found the correct terms. If you run into an error, please leave me a comment. This enables us to update the drone regulations for the relevant country immediately.

You can always find out which sources I used by looking at the "helpful links".

Have you ever been abroad with your drone? Please share your experience with us in the comments! We are very excited!