Drone regulations in Indonesia

Flying drones in Indonesia

In this article, we introduce the legal situation for the use of drones in Indonesia.

In Indonesia, you are allowed to fly with your drone. We had no problems during our previous trips to Indonesia and were often allowed to film in palaces.

But please keep in mind that temples and mosques are sacred places for the locals. That’s why you should show particular respect there and always ask on-site before a drone flight.

Overview: Drone rules in Indonesia

Recreational use of drones allowed? Yes, without further requirements
Commercial use of drones permitted? Yes, without further requirements
Maximum Altitude:150 Meter (492,1 Fuß) in uncontrolled airspace.
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? No.
Keep distance to airports
Respect the privacy of other people

Further rules for drone flights in the Indonesian island paradise

UAV flights in Indonesia may only be performed within the direct visual line of sight. The copter must not weigh more than 7 kilograms and a maximum flight altitude of 150 meters applies. If you want to fly higher, you must apply for permission at least 14 working days before the flight date.

As far as we know, there is currently no obligation to take out drone liability insurance. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend it!

Safety distances and flight bans for Copter missions in Indonesia

Flights are only permitted in uncontrolled airspace. A distance of 15 kilometers from airport runways must be maintained.

In addition, you should not fly over crowds of people and stay away from built-up areas. The distance to clouds must be at least 150 meters (vertical) and 600 meters (horizontal).

Drones with cameras must maintain a distance of 500 meters to no-fly zones or areas with flight restrictions.

In Indonesia, drones may only ascend when the sun is visible. This means that flights at night and in bad weather conditions are prohibited. The visibility must be at least 4.8 kilometers.

You should note that your drone may approach the national border at a maximum distance of 500 meters if it is equipped with a camera. It is forbidden to control drones from a moving vehicle, with the exception of water vehicles (boats, ships).

Regulations for commercial pilots

We have no information yet. Please contact the Indonesian Aviation Authority for further details. We would be grateful for further information!

Penalties in Indonesia

If you do not follow the rules, you could face up to three years in prison and a fine of the equivalent of more than 66,000 euros.

We have researched the listed drone regulations for Indonesia 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 Indonesia!

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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 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!


  • Revanth Divakar | 26.10.2017

    I would like to get information on how to rent drones in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. I am looking for a Phantom 3 or 4?
    It would be great if you could help me out on this!

  • Omri | 17.05.2018

    Hey Francis, cool article. We also wrote one recently that sums up Indonesian laws for flying a drone as well as airline regulations and best practices for flying WITH a drone = bringing a drone in Indonesia on a plane.
    Hope it’ll help other drone enthusiasts out there 🙂

  • Marco Fandel | 06.09.2018

    You write: “your drone may approach the land border to a maximum of 500 meters if it is equipped with a camera”
    Does that mean that the beach may not be filmed, or rather real borders like with Malaysia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea?

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