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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,
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.
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.
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.
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