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Asia Country Industrial Drone Laws

We provide industrial Drone services throughout Asia.

Our Industrial Drone Crew are the most highly trained and experienced in the industry.

How we Work Around Asia.

Every country has different regulations for drone usage. In some countries you need to be licenced in that country to fly the drone and perhaps the individual drone has to be registered in that specific country. Under these circumstances our trained Industrial services Drone Crew will liaise with a Drone company in that country and work together, sometimes using our own payloads (Flir etc) as necessary to get the required result.

In other countries we have established partnerships with licensed and registered operators who work under our supervision. If any permits are necessary our local Partners will arrange this for us. 

Drone Regulations by Country      


According to Brunei’s national aviation authority, the Brunei ​Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), drones are banned in Brunei and if you try to enter the country with a drone it will be confiscated at customs. The authority has also reminded the public that launching of any unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drone, is a prohibited activity under Section 21 of the Civil Aviation Order 2006.

The DCA said it is an offense to use UA, UAV and UAS as they can pose several safety and security risks to air navigation, controlled airspace and densely-populated areas.

Any such unregulated flying activities may have catastrophic consequences to aircraft operations resulting in injuries to persons and damage to properties, stated the DCA in its press release.

Having said that, if you intend to use your drone for commercial purposes, you will need to obtain prior permission. For those who have obtained permission, there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. You must ensure that you adhere to the following:

If you violate Brunei laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Although exemptions on the use of UAs are granted by the DCA on a case-by-case basis with the terms, limitation and conditions set out in the authorization of the DCA, drone owners or any others who contravene or fail to comply with any provision of the Order is guilty of an offense and will be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or both.

Authority: Brunei ​Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)



In contrast, the good news is that not all countries in SE Asia are as strict as Brunei and in Cambodia a drone permit is not required, whether you are flying for recreational or commercial purposes. There are however restrictions as to where and how you can fly your drone. If you fly responsibly, the Cambodia State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) has given travelers a pretty loose reign, which is wonderful for anyone wishing to capture its beauty.

This is with exemption of the drone bans in Phnom Penh, Angkor Park, and around any historic temples.

Permission to fly in Phnom Penh can be acquired by obtaining a permit from the Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia. To fly in Angkor Park, you will need a permit from the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap and clearance from the air traffic control because of the proximity of the temple to the airport.

It is essential however that you follow the FAA’s rules for flying:

Back in 2015 the government banned drones from the airspace of the nation’s capital city without prior approval, citing privacy and security concerns. This ban is still in place today.

Authority: Cambodia State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA)



Drone use in China is allowed but getting a permit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China Flight Standards Division is probably very difficult. Nonetheless, here you are the conditions under which you can fly the little helper:

Regulations in China divide drones into 7 classes according to weight, all of which require a permit from the 

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Drone use is allowed in Indonesia, 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 Indonesia,

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Call: +62 8 111 004 222



Drone use in Japan is allowed but there are a lot of limitations about where you can fly it so beware. Tokyo and Kyoto main landmarks and parks are all off limits so go out into the countryside. I flew it in Niseko, really nice.

It is illegal to fly drones in these areas:

A new law has been passed recently that allows law enforcement officers the right to destroy drones found in violation of the law so be careful! 

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Tel: +81-3-5253-8111


Hong Kong

Drone use in Hong Kong is allowed and you will need a permit for the larger drones but not for the usual recreational ones like the Phantom 4 or the Mavik.

Ensure safety of flying site by:

Recommended areas of flying drone include:

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Call: 2910 6627




Laos is fairly strict and requires that any drones that weigh 200 grams (0.44 pounds) or more permission must be obtained from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications before flying.

Once permission is granted, you must:


The decision is the first of its kind promulgated to regulate drone use in Laos and was put in place after many members of the public were flying their drones in the skies of Vientiane and provinces freely without being regulated, which raised safety concerns.

The new decision categorizes drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), into three types:


The radio telecommunications frequency used for drones heavier than 200 grams must be between 2,400-2,500 MHz or 5,725 – 5,875 MHz.  Equivalent isotropic radiated power (EIRP) should be 100. This radio frequency certificate must then be submitted together with an insurance certificate and proof of tax payment to the department, which will then issue a registration document.

Drones failing to meet the above MHz and EIRP standards are prohibited from flying in Lao skies.

The penalty faced by anyone who is found importing, producing, selling or flying drones heavier than 200 grams without permission from the relevant authorities will face a fine of one million kip (£90/ $120) per drone.

Authority: Department of Civil Aviation of Laos (DCAL)



Although flying a drone in Malaysia is legal, there are some important rules to know for flying a drone:


The CAAM has categorized drones into three main categories:

CAAM has stated that the general drone laws for Malaysia are:

The Department of Civil Aviation in Malaysia is about to crack down on the illegal drone flying in the country and will set up its own enforcement unit to put a stop to it.

According to industry sources, about one million drones have been sold in the Asian country over the last four years, but what many drone owners do not realize is that is illegal to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone for recreational or commercial purposes outside the compounds of their home. According to Civil Aviation Regulations 2016, all drone activity, no matter the size and purpose, requires a flying permit from DCA.

The penalties for flying drones illegally in Malaysia can be quite severe. Individuals can face fines up to RM50,000 (USD $12,166) or a jail sentence of up to three years. Companies that fly drones illegally can face fines up to RM100,000 (USD $24,332) and a maximum six months prison time for its officers.

Authority: Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM)



Drone use is allowed in Mongolia, but under these conditions:

Contact Information 

Call: +976 11 282 051



Myanmar is a grey area when it comes to flying drones because the laws are constantly changing.  However, as it stands drone use is allowed in Myanmar, BUT there are several country specific drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following laws when flying in Myanmar:

In 2017, two foreign journalists and two Myanmar nationals were sentenced to two months in jail at a Naypyitaw court under an unexpected charge after attempting to fly a drone near Myanmar’s Parliament. This caused the authorities to tighten up the drone laws and anyone who is caught breaking them will face large fines and possible imprisonment.

Authority: Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation



Drone use is allowed in the Philippines, but there are several drone laws that need to be adhered to when flying in the region:


Large drones weighing 7 kilograms (15 pounds) or more and drones for commercial use require a UAV certificate from the CAAP. The authorization has three parts:


To be eligible for the UAV Controller/ Pilot Certificate, you must complete a training course, pass an exam, and pass a flight demonstration. This certificate will be valid for five years.

The UAV Operator Certificate requires a letter of intent and detailed operations specifications and will be valid for three years.

For more information, the CAAP published a document that provides all information about the legislation (

Authority: Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)



Singapore’s national aviation authority, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), states that flying a drone is legal in Singapore, but they ask that drone owners are aware of and compliant with the following drone regulations:

Authority: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)


South Korea (Read More Here)

Drone use is allowed in South Korea under the following circumstances:

Contact Information

Call: +82 44 201 4251



Starting with Thailand, currently one of the most popular travel destinations in the region and a grey area for a number of people. Over the past few years the Thai authorities have tightened their laws on flying UAVs due to the increase of UAVs entering the country and the number of incidents around restricted zones such as airports, which have increased dramatically.

Therefore, the law now states that with no exceptions, any UAV that has a camera installed and/or weighing over 2kg must be registered. They have also made it essential that any UAVs weighing over 25kg, must receive permission from the minister of transport before flying can commence.

If and when you are lucky enough to be allowed to fly, you must adhere to the following rules:

So if you are traveling through Thailand and wish to fly your drone, make sure you follow the above, because failure to do so could land you in big trouble.

Authority: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT)



Vietnam has some rather unique laws when it comes to flying UAV. The Ministry of Defense is responsible for the regulation of drone maneuvers. Under the current legal situation, you need authorization from the Ministry of Defense and although you can put in the form yourself it's in Vietnamese and it can take up to 3 weeks to be approved so this requires some solid planning.

What most foreigners do is they get a company to do the process for them. It takes the hassle out of the process and delays are much shorter (some companies can do it in 4-5 days).

But of course, this process will cost you: between $ 350 and $ 700 depending on who is doing your permit. And that's only for one day of flying. So depending on the number of flights you are planning, this can quickly put you in some major debt.

There have been reports of drones being confiscated at Vietnam airport and then given back to passengers on departure, so be prepared… if you try your luck, you may lose your drone.  

Also, if you decide to fly without a permit, make sure you stay away from populated places because as you will see, Vietnamese people are usually very curious about "flycams" as they call it here and they will attract attention your way, just because they want to see it.

Authority: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV)



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