South Korea Drone Laws (2019)

South Korea Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In South Korea


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

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General South Korea Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in South Korea, 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 South Korea,

  • You cannot fly higher than 150 meters (492 feet)
  • You cannot fly within 5.5km of airfields or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Avoid flying over people, or crowds and respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • You cannot fly when there is low visibility or yellow dust
  • Do not fly your drone beyond line of sight
  • You cannot fly near Seoul Plaza, military installations, government facilities, power plants, or areas of facilities related to national security
    Are you interested in flying in Seoul? Read this article before.

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use unless you want to fly in the restricted drone zones.
Please adhere to the above General South Korea 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 South Korea.
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 Drone Fanatic when flying a drone in South Korea.

Buying Drones In South Korea

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

Drone Travel Guide

South Korea 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.