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Drone regulations: where can you use them in 2024?

In this article, you will find useful resources to determine if you can use your drone abroad.

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In recent years, drones (UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have become more affordable and thus very popular. At the same time, however, the number of accidents involving drones has also increased. Governments worldwide have started to impose stricter regulations and, in some cases, even completely ban the use of drones.

Keeping an updated list with all the country’s limitations is impossible for a single person. This is why several websites have started collecting photographers’ feedback regarding their experiences when using drones.

To simplify this task, I created an interactive map using a dataset created by users worldwide. The dataset is constantly updated. You can interact with the map (wait for a few seconds if you don’t see the map down below).

Please note that most of the information on the map is collected by other people and does not necessarily perfectly reflect the legislation of each country. I recommend that you always check the official sites of the various aviation authorities before taking your drone abroad!

General information on the use of Drones abroad

Although drones are increasingly common, there is still a lack of clear legislation in many countries. Out of more than 200 countries worldwide, about 70 do NOT have a specific law to regulate them.

Contrary to what one might think, only a handful of nations completely ban the use of drones: only 15 nations at the moment. In the list below, I have included 39 countries because even though drones are not technically prohibited, obtaining permits is so difficult, especially for those who travel for tourism, that it’s as if drones were banned.

Countries where Drones CAN NOT be used, or there are severe limitations

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This is the list of countries where flying drones is NOT allowed or is difficult to get a permit

  • Antarctica
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Brunei
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Gibraltar
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • The Bahamas
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Washington

Several countries have limitations based on weight (usually under 250 grams; the rules are much less strict). That’s why DJI released the Mini 4 Pro, which only weighs 249g.

What about Italy?

This is the official website where you can find updated information. I have summarized some of the most common questions for those who want to use the drone for recreational purposes in Italy.

Do you need ENAC (National Aircraft Registry)clearance to use a drone?

Registration is required from July 1st, 2020, for drones weighing 250 grams or more. In addition, by that date, the pilot will need to obtain a certificate.

Is insurance required to use the drone?

Insurance is compulsory for any drone for any use.

Does the authorization or declaration also apply when flying in open private areas?

Yes, the overflight area is private, while the Airspace used is public good.

Is it possible to film internal/external ceremonies/private events with a drone?

You can shoot externally as part of critical operations if you comply with the limitations applicable to “standard” scenarios. In internal filming, the Remote Control Aircraft Regulations do not apply, except for the prohibition of overflying groups.

Can you carry the drone in your hand luggage?

I suggest you contact the airline to find out the conditions regarding baggage size and the restrictions established for lithium batteries, considered dangerous goods.

Remember that this article and similar resources will only be a starting point for further research on the official websites, where you will find the correct and updated information. Please don’t send me messages asking me if a specific country allows the use of drones. I have no clue.

Another thing to remember is that the law often changes even within the same country. In the United States, for example, each state has different laws. That is why it is good to do all your research before leaving, to avoid bad surprises or even having your drone confiscated at the airport.

On this page, you can get your A1-A3 and A2 European certificates. These certifications are mandatory if you are planning to fly in Europe. Interestingly, is now possible to complete the A2 certification (for drones weighing 900g and above) online.

If you are interested in learning to fly a drone and how to sell stock footage, check out my review of Aerial A to Z.

On this page, you will find my guide on how to sell your photos. Here are some pictures I took with the drone of the beautiful Jacaranda trees in Yunnan, China. Here my drone pictures.

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