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Let’s be honest, there are too many specific rules in the books across the globe, it would be a daunting task to put all international drone laws into a single article. However, we can certainly help you find the laws in your country.

For those of you in the United States, we have covered time and again the FAA rules controlling your flight. I urge you to get to know these rules, flying illegally will both get you in trouble and work toward locking down the freedoms for the rest of us. Please be kind to all drone pilots, fly legally.

FAA drone laws explained, Part 1
FAA drone laws explained, Part 2

Basic guidelines

Where there are no laws on the books for you to follow, allow us to recommend a few things that we think all pilots could benefit from.

Do not fly over people
Drones are much, much better these days, but we’ve seen more than a few models of machines drop out of the sky. With basic safety in mind, avoid flying over top of people, unless they are apart of your operation and paying attention.

Stay within line-of-sight
We are just as worried about safety as we are worried about you crashing when we recommend this. Safety is a concern for any crash, of course, but losing connectivity between drone and remote is most likely. When you are either flying so far away you can’t see your craft, or you put it behind a building even 50 feet away, a connection loss is a bad thing. A lost drone is a best case scenario if anything goes wrong.

Stay away from airports and yield right-of-way to manned aircraft
I hope I do not have to explain this to you. We absolutely do not support any pilot whose actions or poor planning puts human lives in danger. Safety must be your first concern in the sky. I promise you can have tons of fun flying safely.

Manned aircraft have no way of communicating with you on the ground, thus, they are trained to expect the worst when they encounter a drone in the air. You may have the best intentions, and make certain to stay out of their line of travel, but they do not know that. Please stay clear of them altogether, where possible.

Remember, it’s a camera
The FAA in the United States does not govern the use of your drone as a camera, that is covered in other laws. Bottom line, if your drone has a camera, it is a camera. Follow your local law in regard to where and when you can take photos and shoot video.

If you are flying for pay, or any other form of compensation, you must operate under a different set of rules and possess a commercial drone license. We call it the Part 107, it’s not too hard to get, but it will take some time to learn all the rules. We want to help you learn the rules and get your commercial license, check out our drone pilot training material.

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International drone laws

If your country is not in the list below, you either do not have any national laws to worry about, or we just couldn’t find them. Please do your homework before you fly, and let us know if we are missing anything.
(The list will be in the format of [country] – [authority]. For example: United States – FAA. We will mark countries where drones are banned.)

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Remember, if your country is not listed, you either do not have federal level drone laws, or we just couldn’t find them. Please hit the comments below if we missed anything, happy to get every country in the world on this list, if they have laws.


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We wish we could find all the laws in all the countries around the globe, but the truth is, many countries just do not have laws in the books yet. We urge you to fly safe no matter what part of the world you are in, and we obviously want you to fly legally at all times.

We have other resources here on the site to help you learn laws and best practices for your drone flights. Here are a few helpful articles to keep you going: