Saudi Arabia Drone Laws (2019)

Saudi Arabia Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Saudi Arabia

Contents

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

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General Saudi Arabia Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Saudi Arabia, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country.

Anyone wishing to import a drone must register the serial number to obtain customs clearance. If the drone is registered, Saudi Customs will allow it into the country.

Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Saudi Arabia, take into account that the authorities do not speak English in general one you arrive in the country.

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 150 meters
  • Do not fly your drone past the visual line of sight – you must always be able to see the drone in the sky
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • 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.

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A registration and import permit is required for recreational drone use in Saudi Arabia.
The direct price of the authority for requesting a recreational permit is $250.00 SR

Click here to obtain support on how to get a recreational permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A registration and import permit is required for commercial drone use in Saudi Arabia.

The direct price for requesting a Commercial drone permits is $500.00 SR, although applicants must complete an official training course from the local authorities.

Click here to obtain support on how to request a commercial 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 Media Insight KSA when flying a drone in Saudi Arabia.

Buying Drones In Saudi Arabia

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

Drone Travel Guide

Saudi Arabia drone laws are up to date as of May 15th, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.