Malaysia Drone Laws

  • Malaysia Drone Laws
  • Drone Permits In Malaysia
  • Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes
  • Best Travel Accessories
  • Drone Travel Guide Articles
  • Traveling with Drone Batteries on a Plane
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Drone laws are constantly changing. Always verify using multiple sources to be sure you're rightly informed.

Malaysia Drone Law

Drone use is allowed in Malaysia, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country.

  • Small unmanned aircraft system: Unmanned aircraft system, other than a balloon or a kite, having a mass of not more than 20 kilograms without its fuel but including any articles or equipment installed in or attached to the aircraft at the commencement of its flight.
  • Small unmanned surveillance aircraft: A small unmanned aircraft that is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition.
  • The unmanned aircraft system of more than 20 kg (44 lb).

Drone use is allowed in Malaysia, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country.

  • You cannot fly higher than 400 feet (122 meters)
  • You cannot fly within 50 meters of any person, vehicle or structure not associated with flying the drone
  • Do not fly over crowds or densely populated areas
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone within 4.5 km (2.80 mi) of 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 prohibited
  • If you are flying a drone that weighs more than 20 kg (44 lb) you must hold a private pilots license and obtain a permit for every flight you intend to operate
Cameron Highlands Malaysia

Image by Klim Levene via Flickr

Permit Needed For
Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use in Malaysia.

You do not need authorization if you:

  • intends to fly a small unmanned aircraft system
  • however, you: must satisfy that the flight can safely be made o can maintain direct and unaided visual contact with such small unmanned aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels, and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions

Authorization from the Director-General is REQUIRED if the person in charge of the small unmanned aircraft system intends to fly the small unmanned aircraft system:

  • within an aerodrome traffic zone
  • at the height of more than 400 feet above the surface of the earth

Please adhere to the above General Malaysia Drone Laws however when flying your drone

Permit Needed For
Commercial Drone Use?

For Commercial drone use:

Authorization from the Director-General is REQUIRED if the person in charge of the small unmanned aircraft system intends to fly the small unmanned aircraft system:

Aerial work means an aircraft operation in which an aircraft is used to provide specialized services in agriculture, construction, photography, surveying, observation and patrol, search and rescue, aerial advertisement and other similar activities.

Do I need to register the unmanned aircraft system?

  • Small unmanned aircraft and small unmanned surveillance are NOT required to be registered.
  • The unmanned aircraft system of more than 20 kg (44 lb) is REQUIRED to be registered.

NOTE: There is a extra direct payment to the authority for the issued of each authorization.

Are you interested in obtaining a permit yourself for your holidays or business trip? Please contact our permit specialist that can help you get your permit sorted for your trip.

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Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes

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 ±$1,600 USD (1,131 SDR). 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.

Best Travel Accessories

Apple Airtag

Secure the whereabouts
of your personal belongings

Did you know that airlines only have maximum liability coverage for flights by the Montreal Convention of approximately ±$1,600 USD (1,131 SDR)? This is the most that airlines must pay a passenger or company for a lost, damaged, or delayed package or bag.

With an Airtag you will know the exact location of your drone at all times when transporting it with our embedded Airtag. Possible package loss due to transport will herewith be nearly minimized to 0% risk. You can get geolocation at all times, of the exact location of your package. 
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LiPo Battery Bag

LiPo Battery Bag for
extra safety

Batteries have always been a very sensitive subject when travelling, especially when travelling on planes. 

When travelling you want to be sure that you have you batteries secured at all times in case a battery starts leaking of in a worse case, when it causes an unexpected fire.

With this LiPo bag you contain any possible danger and make sure yourself, and others around are always kept safe when transporting or even storing batteries.

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Sunscreen
Protection

SPF is not just for sunny and the summer months. Whether it's the colder months, being on the ski slopes or going out in the forest in the spring, or laying on a sunbed at the beach. Always have yourself covered with sunscreen.

Before going on holiday, be sure to get the best bank for your buck. Order your sunscreen now prior to your trip! 

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International
Travel Adapter

As an international traveler, you always want to be sure to be able to charge your devices anywhere, anytime.

Whether it’s the wall plug you need, or the integrated USB slots, all is ready for you to go!

Order your international travel adapter now, and have yourself prepared anywhere you go. 

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Money Pouch
Security Deposit

Keep your valuable belongings at safe at all times when traveling.

With this money pouch security deposit, you always keep your personal belongings together.

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Buying Drones
in Malaysia

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

Traveling with Drone Batteries
on a Plane?

Please check with the airline or carrier about which batteries you can take in your carry-on luggage.

Malaysia drone laws are up to date as of May 6, 2022.

Drone laws are constantly changing. Always verify using multiple sources to be sure you are rightly informed.

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