Drone regulations in Hong Kong

Drone rules in Hong KongMaximum flight altitude: In Hong Kong, the maximum allowed altitude for drones is at 90 meters (300 feet).

Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: Drone flights in Hong Kong must always be done with eye contact. As far as I know, it is not allowed to rely on a second person (Observer) on FPV-flights.

Compulsory insurance: A insurance for drones is only required for commercial users. We also recommend private users an appropriate protection.

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): Aircraft models weighing more than 7 kg (without tank filling) need the permission of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD).

Distance to airports: Flights near airports are not allowed. A minimum distance of 5 kilometers is given to an aerodrome. Copter flights are not allowed in the following regions:

  • Hong Kong International Airport
  • North Lantau coastal area
  • Coastal areas from Tai Lam Chung to Tsuen Wan and Tsing Yi Island
  • Victoria Harbor and its coastal areas
  • Area of Shek Kong

Other safe distances: In general, a sufficient distance of at least 50 meters must be kept between the copter and persons as well as foreign property (vehicles, ships, buildings, etc.) to prevent collisions.

Flight bans: Flights are not allowed over crowds.

Time of operations: The use of multicopters in Hong Kong is permitted only in daylight.

Specific regulations: The start and land point should not be accessible to the public.

Regulations for commercial pilots: Regardless of the weight of the used copter, commercial pilots must get in touch with the CAD with details of planned maneuvers. When you report, you must deliver proof of your pilot skills. In addition, an Operations Manual is to be submitted in which Emergency procedures are given. You can find a help to complete under the helpful links below.

All flights must be documented. For this, you should use a flight book.

Good to know: Drone flights may only be carried out in good weather conditions. This means that …

  • The visibility must be at least 5 kilometers.
  • The cloud cover is not deeper than the allowed altitude.
  • The wind speed should not be higher than 20 knots (37 km/h).
  • You can not fly when a shower, a tropical cyclone or a strong monsoon is expected.

Helpful links: CAD: Regulations for private purposes, CAD: Regulations for commercial purposes

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong!

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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!

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