Papua New Guinea Drone Laws (2019)

Papua New Guinea Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Papua New Guinea


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

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General Papua New Guinea Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Papua New Guinea, 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 Papua New Guinea,

  • Do not fly your drone over 400 feet
  • Do not fly your drone at night
  • Do not fly your drone within 4nm or 6km of an airfield or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • Do not operate your drone in a way that may cause a hazard, eg, near people or property
  • Know your responsibilities as pilot in command of a drone
  • Do not fly your drone past the visual line of sight
  • Before you fly your drone, check for airspace restrictions – controlled airspace, low-flying zones, danger areas, restricted areas and military operational areas
  • You must have clear visibility for at least 3 kilometers

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is required for recreational drone use. Please adhere to the above General Papua New Guinea Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Papua New Guinea. Click here to purchase 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" data-src="//" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> 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 Milan MG when flying a drone in Papua New Guinea.

Buying Drones In Papua New Guinea

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

Drone Travel Guide

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