Turkey Drone Laws (2019)

Turkey Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Turkey

Contents

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

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General Turkey Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Turkey, 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 Turkey,

  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters
  • 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
  • Drones over 500 grams need to be registered (see below)
  • Many airlines flying to/from Turkey have completely banned the transport of drones or the transport of lithium-ion batteries. Check with the airline you will be flying to Turkey on to see their policies

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use if your drone is under 500 grams. For drones over 500 grams they need to be registered with the aviation authority. Click here or contact the aviation authority to register your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Turkey. 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 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 Adem Duvan when flying a drone in Turkey.

Buying Drones In Turkey

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

Drone Travel Guide

Turkey 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.