Nepal Drone Laws (2019)

Nepal Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Nepal

Contents

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

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General Nepal Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Nepal, 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 Nepal,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds, keep 150 meters away from people or crowds
  • Keep your drone at least 50 meters away from buildings
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters (400 feet)
  • You must not fly your drone past line of sight, or farther than 500 meters (1650 feet), whichever comes first
  • 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
  • Avoid flying your drone around temples without prior permission
  • Be aware that due to the high altitude of Nepal your drone will likely perform differently and will likely run through its battery quicker than normal

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A permit is required for recreational drone use in Nepal.

All tourists interesting in fly UAV during their visit to Nepal shall obtain prior permission from the following agencies:
– Department of Tourism
– Ministry of Home Affairs
– Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (not necessary for UAV less than 2 kg and below 200 ft from ground level).

NOTE: It will be necessary to send a request with personal information and the flight zones must be known before being requested.

Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Nepal.

For research and study purpose, the permission of the following agencies is required:

– Line Ministry/Department relating to the subject matter of research/study
– Ministry of Home Affairs
– Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (not necessary for UAV less than 2 kg and below 200 ft from ground)

NOTE: It will be necessary to send a request with the company information and the flight zones must be known before being requested.

Click here to obtain a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (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 Tech Lab At The Summit when flying a drone in Nepal.

Buying Drones In Nepal

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

Drone Travel Guide

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