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Drone use is allowed in China, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in China
You will need to check the No Fly Zone map in China to determine if drone flight will be permited.
All drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with a maximum takeoff weight of 250 grams (g) must be registered. Required for recreational drone use.
Please adhere to the above General China Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)
A permit is required for commercial drone use in China.
Any operator/business looking to use a drone in China for commercial purposes requires a commercial drone license. – this process can be very hard for the average foreign company.
If you want to apply for a commercial drone flight permit in China you should take into account the following points as requirements:
1)A legal business entity in China whose legal representative is a Chinese citizen.
2)This legal entity must already own at least one drone that has already been registered with Aviation Authority.
3)Liability insurance must have already been purchased to cover the usage of the drone.
4)The drone operator must be certified through a training process recognized by the Chinese government.
Please Contact us if you wish support for more information. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)
China is a interesting country and there are many amazing places from The Great Wall Of China to Shanghai where you can capture amazing aerial photography while adhering to the drone laws in China. Here is a video taken by Clip Media Motion showcasing China’s great wall from above.
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