Drone regulations in Bangladesh

Drones are permitted in Bangladesh, but you have to obtain permission from the air traffic control authority before your maneuvers. Authorizations have to be submitted 45 days in advance to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). The mandatory details of the application include:

  • Personal data of the pilot
  • Purpose of the drone flight (e.g., training, photography, videography, research, etc.)
  • Description of the copter (including departure weight and safety features like fail-safe)
  • Date/time of maneuver
  • Flight location including coordinates
  • Information about existing drone insurance
  • Distance to the nearest medical facility and the nearest fire brigade

The application form can be downloaded here.

Maximum flight altitude: Drones are not allowed to fly higher than 60 meters (200 feet) in Bangladesh.

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drones can only be operated in sight in Bangladesh. The use of FPV systems must be allowed separately.

Compulsory insurance: In Bangladesh, there is compulsory insurance for drones.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): No information found.

Distance to airports: You have to keep a distance of 18.5 kilometers (10 miles) to airports, or you must obtain an authorization from the air traffic control authorities.

Other safe distances: 9 km (5 miles) of distance must be maintained to a built-up area. You have to keep 300 meters (1000 feet) away from buildings, vehicles, people, animals, and ships as long as they are not directly involved in the flight maneuver.

Flight bans: You are not allowed to fly with a drone over gatherings of people in Bangladesh.

Time of operations: No restrictions found about the operating time.

Specific regulations: In Bangladesh, a minimum age of 18 is required for the control of unmanned flight systems. Do not drink alcohol for at least 8 hours before flying. During your flights, you must have a fire extinguisher which can be used to put out a spontaneously occurring fire.

Regulations for commercial pilots: Commercial flight maneuvers must be approved as well as private flights.

Good to know: During a flight, you have to carry the following documents with you: approval of the CAAB, insurance document, a document with personal data of the pilot (name, address and telephone number), flight restrictions of the drone according to the manufacturer. Autonomous operations are only permitted if you can affect the trajectory at any time.

Helpful links: Original text of the conditions (CAAB)

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Bangladesh 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 Bangladesh!

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About the author

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

  • sakib | 21.06.2017

    Can I buy a DJI mavic pro drone from canada only for photography purpose will .there be any restriction.

  • Sadman | 01.08.2017

    Am I allowed to take a drone with me to Bangladesh when I visit there? If so, what is the procedure? Thanks!

  • Shahan | 03.10.2017

    Can I fly DJI phantom quad copter with 4k gimbal camera in Bangladesh

    • ratul hasan | 03.04.2018

      you can.. somehow if you can enter Bangladesh with your drone.. then you can fly here with no problem..

  • Nazmul Alam Niom | 02.12.2017

    Hello!Can I Allowed to take drone in Bangladesh for brother?

  • Jewel | 02.01.2018

    Thank you, Francis for very well written post. Your post helped me a lot. I’ve been thinking about importing a MI Drone from China for so long. But because of the regulation I’ve stopped thinking about that. I know there is some regulations on flying drone in our country but some of my friends told me that there is also restriction on importing drone from abroad in Bangladesh. But your article maybe giving me a hope again to import drone. Can you please share your experience on Bringing drone here in Bangladesh. I mean did you face any kind off issues at custom for carrying drone with you? Thank you.

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hi Jewel,
      Glad to hear! I haven’t been to Bangladesh so far.

  • Hm | 27.01.2018

    Well written, I use a long range drone in Bangladesh, have registered my drone with government rule here. So, before buy any high range drone, you must register your drone by government. Thanks for the great informative article.

    • alien | 03.02.2018

      do i have to take permission before buying?
      and can i take the drone to bangladesh while the permission been processing through airport customs?

      • Md shahab uddin | 15.02.2018

        Can i bring a dji spark drone from kuwait to our bangladesh….for photography and videography.after reading the rules and regulation i wanted to bring dji spark drone which is safe to use and its like only 5.5″ inch

    • Shams | 09.03.2018

      I would like to use a ground facing camera drone, short range, for construction survey purpose. Can you please suggest way to get permission and cost for such permission. Any contact who can help to get that?

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hi Hm,
      Could you share some insights with us how to register a drone in Bangladesh? Thank you in advance!

    • alexis | 04.01.2019

      hello brother.I live in Bangladesh.How can I take permission to fly drone here in Bangladesh?
      thanks in advance.

  • david baptista | 03.03.2018

    GOOD afternoon, a question i m not from bangladesh; i can arrive to bangladesh for work frrom usa with a drone and in 2 week return my country argentina

  • Faisal | 11.03.2018

    Thank you very much for the information. But i need specific details. Can i have your email address so that i can share you my queries?

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      Hello Faisal,
      Please ask your questions here in the comments. I cannot reply to all messages. Therefore it is better to communicate here. Other travelers can help you, and the answers are available for everyone. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Claudio Jung | 05.04.2018

    I‘m in Bangladesh at the moment. There is no control of foreigners at the airport. So no problem zo take with you. They check only locals.

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      For most travelers, that are good news. But I don’t like people being treated differently.

  • Ashek Mahmud | 01.06.2018

    I want to go to Bangladesh on this 14th June with my Dji Spark. I want to know do the airport custom allow me to pass with it???
    please let me know

    • Roshen Tennakoon | 02.06.2018

      I have the same question. Please someone help me as well.
      Thanks

    • Francis Markert | 29.06.2018

      How did it go?

    • milton meah | 25.07.2018

      Did you take your drone to Bangladesh? And did they stop and check your drone?

    • Shafat Al Nomani | 20.03.2019

      I have the same question.
      Do costoms polices seize all drones?
      Is there any size, weight limits?

  • md Sojib | 24.08.2018

    my country is bangladesh. my father leave in kuwait.so my father buying a drone camera in inspire 2.so he come to airport is no promlems for dron

  • Rasel | 19.10.2018

    I’ want to know if Bangladesh government allow to bengali foreigner who didn’t live long time bangladesh because I’m living at the moment nederland and Im a Bangladeshi passport holder if is problem if i’m traveling with DJI mavic pro drone ? Do they immigration check my drone or they will take my drone ? If anybody knows about it

    • Francis Markert | 26.10.2018

      Hi Rasel,
      It should not be a problem for you to bring your drone to Bangladesh.

  • Dji | 30.11.2018

    I have a question I have the dji Mavic Pro 2 I was bron and rise in Bangladesh but now I’m a America passport holder can I take my drone with me?? Or the custom will take it??

    • Francis Markert | 07.01.2019

      Should be ok.

  • Zaman | 12.03.2019

    My nephew brought a dji tello from usa..
    He lives there.
    Dji tello is a mini camera drone..like a toy drone..Will there any problem while bringing it to Bangladesh?

  • Mahadi | 27.03.2019

    I am Bangladeshi, live in Dhaka .10th july I will visit the Thailand. If i bought drone from Thailad , will there is any problem.If there is problem what is legal procedure to brought it???????????

  • Imtiaz | 29.05.2019

    Anyone have any luck bringing in their drone? I’m from Canada and have a drone that’s less than 250g which means I don’t need to get it registered in Canada and we dont have to get it insured here. I’m travelling different countries before going to BD where I plan to use my drone but I would not mind jut bringing it in with no intention to use it in Bangladesh to avoid getting it confiscated by customs.

    According to this video, it seems like it’s best not to risk it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuVP696OEyw

  • Aamish | 12.06.2019

    Hey there, I live in Bangladesh but I am born in US and I am the passport holder of US as well. I am going to uk in a few days so thought of getting a drone/quadcopter and bringing it here. I am not going for a really expensive one. It will be like $300 so will there be any problem bringing in the drone. Will the customs at the airport seize my drone or something?

  • Kawser Hamid | 08.08.2019

    Is there any permission needed for a drone which price is under 500$? If permission needed, which process I have to follow?

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