Drone regulations in Cambodia
In this post, you will find information about the use of drones in Cambodia.
Drones are allowed in Cambodia, and there are no other rules for general use. However, in some areas, there are significant restrictions on the use of multicopters.
Overview: Drone rules in Cambodia
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In the capital, Phnom Penh, you need a special permit for flying a drone. This step was introduced after a German flew his copter over the Royal Palace.
Also, if you want to fly at the main landmark of Cambodia – Angkor Wat or Siem Reap – you also need permission. To my knowledge you need permits from the following authorities:
- Cinema and Cultural Diffusion Department
- Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia (http://cambodiafilm.gov.kh/?cat=26)
- Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap
- Clearance from air traffic control (because of the proximity of the temple complex to the airport)
The permits for flights in Siem Reap can theoretically be applied for, but I do not know what the relevant procedure looks like. For all licenses together, you have to expect a cost of up to $1,000.
My recommendation: If I were you, I wouldn’t use a drone in Phnom Penh or Angkor Wat.
You should also be very careful in other places. The case of an Australian filmmaker made headlines when he was jailed for 15 months because he flew his drone over a policital rally by the opposition. He was accused of espionage, but later pardoned by the king.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Cambodia 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 Cambodia!