These pages list the rules for individual Countries to assist you whether you are a pilot or someone looking or an Aerial Photographer.

If any of this information is inaccurate or you have information about a country that is not listed, please do let us know and we will update this page.

DJI

DJI, the leading Drone manufacturer also has compiled a list of Regulations for various Countries. Click here for list.

E&OE. Do not rely on this information to make a decision, consult with the local authority before attempting to fly. This page is provided for information only.

AfricaNorth AmericaCentral AmericaAsiaAustralasiaEurope
South AfricaCanadaCosta RicaChinaAustraliaDenmark
United StatesHong KongNew ZealandFinland
IndiaFrance
JapanGermany
SingaporeGreece
South KoreaGuernsey
TaiwanIceland
ThailandIreland
Italy
Jersey
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom

Africa

South Africa

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America (North)

Canada

USA

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America (Central)

Costa Rica

  • Civilian use: Yes, with restrictions
  • Commercial use: Yes, with a Permit and with restrictions

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Asia

China

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use: Yes, but licence must be obtained
  • Limits overview: Below 120m. Stay away from Public buildings and areas such as airports. Under 18s must be supervised by an adult
  • Governing Body: Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) www.caac.gov.cn (not available from UK?)

Hong Kong

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use: Yes but need to apply to CAD for Approval
  • Limits overview: Sub 7Kg. Not over people, structures and vessels
  • Governing Body: Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department www.cad.gov.hk

India

  • Civilian use: Yes if below 300 feet and away from airports
  • Commercial use: No. Officially, anyway.

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Japan

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use:
  • Limits overview:  Below 150m, not over built-up areas and not near airports.
  • Exception to above for Public body Search & Rescue services
  • Permission to fly must be sought 10 working days before flight
  •  Links:

Singapore

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use:  Yes, but Permit required
  • Limits overview: <7Kg, <200 feet ,> 5km from airport, no payloads
  • Governing Body:  Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) caas.gov.sg

South Korea

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use:
  • Limits overview: Below 150m. Drones over 12Kg must have Government permission and pilot be licenced
  • Governing Body: Ministry of Land, infrastructure and Transport molit.go.kr

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Taiwan

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use:
  • Limits overview: Below 90m. Drones over 250g must be registered and you must pass a test to fly drones weighing between 1 and 25Kg.
  • Governing Body: Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) caa.gov.tw

Thailand

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use:
  • Limits overview: <90m. >2Kg must be registered. If camera on board must be registered. 5 Miles from Airport. LOS only
    • Violations: up to 1 year in prison and/or 40,000 Baht fine.
  • Governing Body: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand caat.or.th

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Australasia

Australia

New Zealand

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use: Yes. No distinction is made between commercial and non-commmercial use
  • Limits Overview: Line of sight, under 120m, daylight, >4km from an aerodrome
  • Regulatory Body: Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) caa.govt.nz
  • Links

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Europe

Denmark

Finland

France

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Germany

Greece

  • Commercial use: Yes, but not over populated areas

Guernsey – see Jersey

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Iceland

  • Civilian use: Yes.
  • Commercial use: Yes,. Register the drone.
  • Limits overview: Line of sight. Below 120m vertically, 3Kg limit Urban, 25Kg limit rural
  • Regulatory Body: The Icelandic Transport authority icetra.is

Ireland

  • Civilian use: Yes – must comply with model aircraft rules if used recreationally
  • Commercial use: Yes – must have IAA permission if used for commercial, government or research purposes
  • Regulatory Body: The Irish Aviation Authority. www.iaa.ie
  • From the 21st December 2015, all drones over 1kg must be registered with the IAA

Italy

  • Civilian use:
  • Commercial use: yes, but all drones must be registered
  • Limits overview: Limited to 70m. Pretty much all drones must comply with regulations.
  • Regulatory Body: ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile) – Italian Civil Aviation Authority www.enac.gov.it

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Jersey (including Guernsey, Alderney and Sark)

Luxembourg

Netherlands

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use: Yes, but you need an RPAS Operator’s Certificate (ROC)
  • If you fail to abide by the rules, you may be given a warning or a fine. Your drone may also be confiscated. 
  • Limits overview: Line of sight. Below 120m vertically. 25Kg weight limit. Give way to all other craft – in other words, land. Not over groups of people or ‘connected buildings’
  • Regulatory Body: Ministry of infrastructure and the environment government.nl

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Norway

  • Civilian use: Yes.
  • Commercial use: Yes, there are three categories of commercial drone operators
  • Limits overview: Line of sight. Below 120m vertically, 5Km from Airports, not directly over events & military
  • Regulatory Body: The Civil Aviation Authority of Norway luftfartstilsynet.no

Poland

  • Civilian use: Yes
  • Commercial use: Yes
  • Limits overview: Line of sight. Below 150m vertically, 5Km from Airports, must be insured
  • Regulatory Body: The Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Poland ulc.gov.pl

Spain

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Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

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