Drone regulations in Azerbaijan

The regulations  for drone pilots in Azerbaijan are extensive.

In Azerbaijan, unmanned flight systems should have the same safety standards as manned flying objects. The regulations mentioned here are for commercial drone pilots. I have not found the rules for private drone pilots yet.

It should be noted that there are several reports from readers that drones were seized by customs officials at the airport saying a permit was necessary. We unfortunately haven’t been able to determine how to get such a permit.

Overview: Drone rules in Azerbaijan

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Maximum Altitude:120 Meter (393,7 Foot) in uncontrolled airspace.
Is drone insurance mandatory? Yes, for commercial drone flights. Learn more about drone insurance here.
Does the drone need a badge?Unknown.
Drone labels can be ordered here
Is a registration necessary? Yes.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

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Further regulations for drone pilots in Azerbaijan

In principle, multicopters should always be within line of sight of the pilot during the flight, but the maximum permitted distance is 500 meters (= 1700 feet). Flights outside these limits are possible. However, your drone requires a detect and avoid system for such flights in order to avoid collisions in the air. The normal FPV equipment is not recognized as such.

Currently, three groups of copters are listed in Azerbaijan and classified as follows:

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft up to 20 kilograms
  • Light UAS with more than 20 kilograms and less than 150 kilograms
  • UAS with more than 150 kilograms starting mass

There is a registration requirement for the categories Light UAS and UAS with the State Civil Aviation Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCAA).

Private drones only have to be insured starting at a take-off weight of 20 kilograms. However, all commercial users are obligated to have liability insurance. We have collected more information about drone insurance here.

Commercial pilots require an operating permit in each weight class. You also have to prove your qualifications as a pilot. Currently, there are no special licenses, so a breakdown of your experiences should be sufficient.

Drones shall not approach cities and settlements closer than 150 meters. A distance of 50 meters must be kept to persons, vehicles and other structures which are not involved in the flight. This distance may be reduced to 30 meters during take-off and landing.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Azerbaijan to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and / or gain experience with your copter in Azerbaijan!

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Since January 2015, we travel around the world. In our backpack we carry a camera drone which we use to capture the best places from a bird’s perspective. First we travelled with a DJI Phantom 2. But now we use a Yuneec Typhoon H. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a copter. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!

Discussions

  • Patrice | 26.04.2018

    thanks for the info, Francis. Can you confirm that it is OK to go through AZ customs and immigration with a quadrocopter in one’s suitcase? I mean, no specific declaration in advance, certificate of non-military character, etc. What I’m planning to take along is a standard DJI Mavic Pro or equivalent, a small private drone

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hello Patrice,
      I cannot guarantee anything, but I guess it is okay to bring your gadgets to the country.

    • Muhammad Abbas | 17.07.2018

      When are you planning to go ? I am planning to visit in August and still confused if I should take my Phantom pro with me or not . I can not get a clear option for any official site.

    • Rufat | 23.07.2018

      Hi Partice! Could you please let me know if you trued?

  • Milan | 14.09.2018

    Hi fransis, are you here in Baku? i wanna meet dronist here and i jeed some tipps hot to make this.

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Hi Milan,
      No, I am sorry. I am not in Baku.

  • Ahmed | 13.10.2018

    I travelled on 12 oct 2018 at Baku airport and they kept my drone on hold at the airport, told me it’s not allowed.:(

    • John | 21.10.2018

      Sh*t, sorry for your drone 🙁

      But thanks a lot for your coment, you probably saved my drone, I was going to bring my Spark with me in Baku as some people seems to have been able to bring DJI drones there and put some videos on Youtube….. and I made some research, even their “Civil Aviation Agency” doesn’t have any infos (what a shame)…. 🙁

    • Hamza Mujtaba | 23.02.2019

      Was the drone returned to you on your departure from Baku?

      • Saad | 25.02.2019

        Yes

  • Simon | 06.12.2018

    you cant take drones to baku, you might accidentally see what’s happening behind high concrete walls in wealthy people’s homes.

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