Drone regulations in Brunei Darussalam

Currently there is no law in Brunei that deals with the handling of multicopters. Therefore, the competent authority has prohibited all applications of drones until a legal framework was passed. However, individual approval may be granted by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

After the website was changed by the air traffic authority in Brunei, the press release has disappeared. That is why I have selected the text for you:

Press release of the DCA

Bandar Seri Begawan – The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of the Ministry of Communications has 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 offence to use Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as they can pose a number of 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.

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 authorisation of the DCA, UA owners or any others who contravene or fail to comply with any provision of the Order is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or both, based under Section 51 of the Civil Aviation Order 2006.

The DCA further stated that it does recognise the innovative potential of the use of UAs and that the department is currently undergoing consultations with stakeholders in developing and reviewing a regulatory framework on the use of UA.

“This regulatory framework will address the safety and security concerns and risks associated with the use of UAs,” the department said in a statement.

“Nevertheless, the DCA would like to seek the cooperation from the public to adhere to the existing Civil Aviation Order for the safety and security of the air navigation”.

Overview: Drone rules in B

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, after registration or approval
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, after registration or approval
Is drone insurance mandatory? No. 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

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Brunei 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 Brunei!

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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 several drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ or the DJI Mini 3 Pro. On our blog we share the best tips for you about travelling with a drone. If you have questions about this article or new information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!


  • Mark | 18.01.2020

    Can I bring a drone in Brunei I’m only staying there for 14hour stop over we got connecting flight going Philippines

  • Fabian | 07.02.2020

    Did you get your drone into the country?

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