In this article, we have summarized for you the current legal situation for the use of drones in India.
Since there is currently no legislation on drones in India, flying was entirely banned according to a notice from October 2014 until appropriate regulations are in place. Meanwhile, a law was passed that is valid from 01.12.2018 and contains very complicated rules.
However, tourists will not benefit from the new rules because foreigners will not be allowed to fly drones in India in the future.
The import of drones is also only permitted with prior permission from the Ministry of Communications (Wireless Planning and Coordination Department). If a drone is detected without authorization at the airport, it will be confiscated and not returned. I have read reports from the airports in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Bangalore in particular. But also at other airports, you should expect a seizure.
Rules for the use of drones in India for locals
Drones are divided into three weight classes, according to which certain conditions apply:
Nano-Drones: up to 250 grams
Micro-Drones: more than 250 grams and up to max. 2 kilograms
Small-Drones: more than 2 kilograms and max. 25 kilograms
Medium-Drones: More than 25 kilograms and max. 150 kilograms
Large-Drones: More than 150 kilograms
Most privately used multicopters – such as the DJI Mavic Pro – fall into the category of micro-drones.
We have researched the listed drone regulations for India 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 Indian 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 India!
Who wrote this?
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.
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