Bahrain Drone Laws (2019)

Bahrain Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Bahrain

  1. General Bahrain Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Bahrain
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Bahrain
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Bahrain Drone Laws

Drone use is generally banned in Bahrain unless you have special permission. Operators with special permission must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Bahrain,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibitedRadio/ Remote controlled Model Aircraft appears in the list of objects that are NOT allowed to be imported into Bahrain by the customs authorities, we recommend you do not enter with it as it could be retired at the airport.

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is required for recreational drone use. At this time we are unable to assist with issuing permits, you will need to contact the aviation authority or the nearest Bahrain embassy for permission. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Bahrain. At this time we are unable to assist with issuing permits, you will need to contact the local aviation authority or Bahrain embassy. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.

You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by Khalid Al-Muharraqi when flying a drone in Bahrain.

Buying Drones In Bahrain

Read all of our Bahrain Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Bahrain. It includes information on drones for sale in Bahrain, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Bahrain drone laws are up to date as of May 15th, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.