There are no International set of rules for flying. Within individual Countries there will be areas that you can fly, restricted zones and No Fly Zones.

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.

AfricaNorth AmericaCentral AmericaAsiaAustralasiaEurope
South AfricaCanadaCosta RicaIndiaAustraliaDenmark
United StatesNew ZealandFinland
Germany
Greece
Guernsey
Ireland
Italy
Jersey
Spain
United Kingdom

Europe

Denmark

Finland

Germany

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Greece

  • Commercial use: Yes, but not over populated areas

Guernsey – see Jersey

Ireland

  • Regulatory Body: The Irish Aviation Authority. www.iaa.ie
  • 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
  • From the 21st December 2015, all drones over 1kg must be registered with the IAA

Italy

  • 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)

Spain

United Kingdom

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Africa

South Africa

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North America

Canada

USA

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Central America

Costa Rica

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

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Asia

India

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

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Australasia

Australia

New Zealand

  • Regulatory Body: Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) www.caa.govt.nz
  • 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
  • Links

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