Vietnam Drone Laws (2019)

Vietnam Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Vietnam

Contents

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

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General Vietnam Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Vietnam, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the next drone laws when flying in Vietnam,

  • You must first apply for and receive a permit for each flight to operate a drone in Vietnam.
  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • 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.
  • Always ask the local authorities before making any flight in public spaces.
  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • 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 permit is required for recreational drone use in Vietnam.

1. Either a Vietnamese individual or a foreigner can request for drone flying permit in Vietnam

2. The competent authority to approve these operations is: Department of Operation of the Office of General Staff (of Ministry of National Defense)

3. The permit will be granted on a case-by-case basis, and the Department of Operation has its discretion to grant the permit.

4. The principal application documents are:

a. Application form (in English and Vietnamese)

b. Technical documents of the drone.

You need to have local friends who know you and recommend you to receive this authorization.

You will need approval from the customs department.

The direct fee would depend on a case by case basis (depending on the location, type of drone and intended flying schedule)

Click here if you wish us to support you with a local contact, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Vietnam.

1. Either Vietnamese or foreigner companies can request for drone flying permit in Vietnam

2. The competent authority to approve these operations is: Department of Operation of the Office of General Staff (of Ministry of National Defense)

3. The permit will be granted on a case-by-case basis, and the Department of Operation has its discretion to grant the permit.

You need to have local friends who know you and recommend you to receive this authorization.

You will need approval from the customs department.

The direct fee would depend on a case by case basis (depending on the location, type of drone and intended flying schedule)

Click here if you wish us to support you with a local contact, 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 View From Above when flying a drone in Vietnam.

Buying Drones In Vietnam

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

Drone Travel Guide

Vietnam 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.