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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.
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
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.
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.
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