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Drone use is allowed in Cambodia, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Flying drones is banned without approval in the capital, Penom Penh. However, drone use isn’t prohibited throughout the rest of the country.
Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Cambodia,
A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use, unless you wish to fly in Phnom Penh, Angkor Park, or around any historic temples. Please adhere to the above General Cambodia Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
A drone permit is not required for commercial drone use, unless you wish to fly in Phnom Penh, Angkor Park, or around any historic temples. Please adhere to the above General Cambodia Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)
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 Tram Lyrattanak when flying a drone in Cambodia.
Read all of our Cambodia Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Cambodia. It includes information on drones for sale in Cambodia, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.